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Thomas Franssen


Dr. T.P. Franssen
+31 71 527 3909

Senior researcher. Thomas works on the intersection of valuation studies, sociology and STS. Previous research analyzed the constitutive effects of the rise of competitive project funding on the epistemic and organizational properties of research. His current interests are the history of scientometrics and valuation cultures in the humanities and its effects on knowledge production.

More information about Thomas Franssen

I'm a senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University and a coordinator of the Evaluation & Culture focal area. I have a background in the sociology of culture but migrated to science and technology studies and sociology of science after my PhD (University of Amsterdam, 2015).

My current work concerns the governance of science, specifically the epistemic effects of research evaluation and research funding. I am also exploring science in the Anthropocene, specifically sustainability in the laboratory life sciences through the introduction of LEAF and the 'Do No Significant Harm'-principle that was recently introduced in European Science POlicy.

I collaborate with colleagues at CWTS in different international projects such as R-Quest, led by Liv Langfeldt and Siri Borlaug, and Gender, Citizenship and Academic Power, with Agnete Vabø and Cathrine Egeland - both funded by the Research Council of Norway.

For pdfs of publications see www.thomasfranssen.net.


  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • CWTS

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 5B.21



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