Sarah de Rijcke is Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies & Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden. At CWTS, she also leads the Science andEvaluation Studies (SES) research group.
Sarah specializes in social studies of research evaluation, and has published widely on the topic of the relations between quality control mechanisms and knowledge production in different fields. She has also developed a strong international public academic presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topic of research evaluation and metrics uses.
The work of her research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the 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). Her group is partner in R-Quest, Centre for Research Quality & Policy Impact Studies, coordinated by Liv Langfeldt at NIFU (Norway); Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity (SOPs4RI), coordinated by Niels Mejlgaard and Mads Sorensen at Aarhus University; and KNOWSCIENCE, funded by RJ Sweden, coordinated by Merle Jacob, Lund University. Previous projects included the EC-funded H2020 project on Promoting Integrity as Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research(Printeger), coordinated by Hub Zwart and Willem Halffmann (Radboud University).
In 2019, she received a ZonMW-Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project 'Stimulating Academic Gatekeeper Engagement in responsible research assessment (SAGE)' (together with Guus Dix). In 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant for the project 'FluidKnowledge - How evaluation shapes ocean science.' (2019-2023). In February 2017, she received a ZonMw Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project 'Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement'. She received an Aspasia internationalization grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University, in June 2016.
As of January 2017, Sarah is an Elected council member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST).
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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Partner in R-QUEST – Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies, international center with partners from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK. Coordinated by prof. Liv Langfeldt, NIFU (Norway)
Partner in RJ Sweden-funded project KNOWSCIENCE. Coordinator: prof. Merle Jacob, Lund University
PhD project Constitutive effects of new incentives and metrics in biomedicine. Candidate: R. Benedictus (UMCU). Co-supervision with prof.dr. Paul Wouters
Consortium member in Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research (PRINTEGER) (funded by the EC through a H2020 COST Action) | Coordinators: Hub Zwart and Willem Halffman (Radboud University Nijmegen) | EPIC team members: Thed van Leeuwen, Paul Wouters, Sarah de Rijcke
Quality and Relevance of Research, with EUR Rotterdam prof.dr. Willem Schinkel in collaboration with EUR university library (co-supervision phd candidate Anne Slootweg)
25 years science policy for excellence, with Rathenau Instituut (including supervision post-doctoral researcher Dr. Thomas Franssen)
Measuring science: The use of metrics in assessing impact, innovation and excellence in modern academia (funded by The Swedish Research Council) | Björn Hammarfelt & Sarah de Rijcke
Quantifying academic lives: Practices of (self-)evaluation under 'excellent' conditions | Thomas Franssen & Sarah de Rijcke
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.
Scientific Director / Professor Science and Evaluation Studies