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Sarah de Rijcke

Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies

Prof.dr. S. de Rijcke
+31 71 527 6853

Short CV

Sarah is professor of Science and Evaluation Studies and deputy director at CWTS, where she leads the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group. Sarah joined the center in 2011. Her current research programme in evaluation studies and science and technology studies examines interactions between research assessment and practices of knowledge production. The work of her research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the (micro-) politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding on how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications).

Sarah is an Anna Boyksen Fellow at the TU Munich – Institute for Advanced Study  & the Munich Centre for Technology in Society  (MCTS). She is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe, member of the Dutch initiative Science in Transition , and co-initiator of the Centre for Public Imagination  (CPI).

Before coming to Leiden, Sarah was a postdoctoral researcher at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (KNAW, Amsterdam), where she participated in a study on making knowledge from images in digital infrastructures. De Rijcke received her PhD in 2010 (with honors) from the University of Groningen.  She was a visiting professor at the STS department in Vienna in 2015, a visiting research fellow at UC San Diego in 2010 and a visiting pre-doc at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2007.

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Current projects

Completed projects:

  • The impact of indicators: How evaluation shapes biomedical knowledge production (2012-2015) | Alex Rushforth & Sarah de Rijcke
  • Defining standards of intellectual quality in Dutch legal scholarship | Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner & Sarah de Rijcke

Professional memberships: the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Dutch National research school for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).

Sarah is a member of the editorial board of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. She regularly reviews for Engaging Science, Technology & Society, Science, Technology and Human Values (STHV), Research Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, and the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

Please visit this page for Sarah’s publication list.

Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • CWTS

Work address

Willem Einthoven
Kolffpad 1
2333 BN Leiden
Room number B5-37



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