The “European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities” is a COST Action, starting in April 2016 and ending in April 2020. Proposed by a group of some 20 researchers from 16 countries, it currently brings together more than 125 participants from 36 countries.
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ENRESSH aims to propose clear best practices in the field of SSH research evaluation. The Action brings together numerous experts, such as researchers in evaluation studies, policy makers and members of evaluation units, as well as researchers from SSH disciplines. Its approach is based on the comparison and the cross fertilisation of strands of work dedicated to SSH research evaluation, currently under development in different parts of Europe, seeking to avoid unnecessary duplication and to upscale results.
Its main aims, deeply interrelated, are:
  • to improve evaluation procedures in order to take into account the diversity and the wealth of SSH research;
  • to make a robust case for the ways in which the SSH add value to the society;
  • to help SSH scholars better appropriate their research agenda and overcome fragmentation.
The first meetings (Brussels, April 2016; Poznan, July 2016) have been dedicated to exchanges of experience in order to build a picture of practices across Europe and the state of the art in research on evaluation.  This strand of work is still in progress. 
During the subsequent years, the project team will organize conferences, workshops and meetings to bridge the gap between scholars in SSH research evaluation, research managers and policy makers.
For further information about the action, consult the Memorandum of Understanding: ca15137-e
The Grant Holder Institution for the action is Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in Polan

Details of Forthcoming events with ENRESSH participation can be found here

ENRESSH TEAM

Ioana Galleron
Chair
University Grenoble Alpes
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Membership: Chair, Working Group #4,
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Jack Spaapen
Vice Chair
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Early Stage Researcher: no
Membership: Vice Chair, Working Group #2, Working Group #4,
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Dr Jack Spaapen received his training in sociology and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD (1995) is in science and technology studies (STS), focusing on methods for the evaluation of research in the context of societal and policy demands. He is senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main areas of expertise are societal impact evaluation, research and innovation policy, responsible research and innovation and scientific advice. He has coordinated many Academy projects in these areas, and several EU projects, among others the FP7 SIAMPI project on productive interactions between science and society (2009-2012), and on Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI (2014). For the OECD he co-chaired a project on the role of scientific advice in controversial issues in society (2013-2015). He represents the Academy in several national and European networks on R&D evaluation. He co-designed the national evaluation protocol for publicly funded research (Standard Evaluation Protocol - SEP). He is currently working on the development of an assessment framework for the humanities research in the Netherlands.

Michael Ochsner
Group Leader WG#1
ETH Zurich & FORS Lausanne
Early Stage Researcher: yes
Membership: Group Leader, MC Member, Working Group #1, Working Group #4,
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Michael Ochsner received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich in 2014. Since 2009, he has been a research associate at the ETH Zurich in the CRUS-organized projects: “Developing and Testing Research Quality Criteria in the Humanities, with an emphasis on Literature Studies and Art History” and “Application of Bottom-up Criteria in the Assessment of Grant Proposals of Junior Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities”. Since 2013, he has also worked at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) at the University of Lausanne as a senior researcher in the team international surveys. His research interests include research evaluation; notions of research quality; qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods; survey methodology; and welfare state research. He is vice-president of the EvalHum initiative, a European association for research evaluation in the SSH.

Paul Benneworth
Group Leader WG#2
CHEPS, University of Twente
Early Stage Researcher: no
Membership: Group Leader, MC Member, Working Group #2, Working Group #4,
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Dr Paul Benneworth is a senior researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and also at Agderforskning, Kristiansand, Norway. Paul’s research interests are related to the relationships between universities and societal change with a particular focus on social sciences and humanities research, as well as societal change in old industrial regions. Paul’s Ph.D. explored the ways that old industrial regions create new opportunities for economic development through the ways that their existing industries and technologies are cross-fertilised within wider global networks in ways that drive various kinds of modernisation processes, economic, social, political, institutional, and environmental. In 2010-13 he was Chief Scientist of the Humanities in the European Research Area ERANET network Joint Research Programme “The public value of arts & humanities research”. Paul has undertaken a wider range of basic and applied research activities for a variety of funders including research councils, HE funding councils, the OECD, government departments across Europe, the European Commission and a number of regional authorities. He is one of the authors of “The Impact and Future of Arts & humanities research” (2016, forthcoming, Palgrave).

Tim Engels
Group Leader WG#3
University of Antwerp
Early Stage Researcher: no
Membership: Group Leader, MC Member, Working Group #3, Working Group #4,
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Tim Engels is head of the Departement of Research Affairs and Innovation at the University of Antwerp. Trained in psychology (PhD Vrije Universiteit Brussel), he became responsible for research evaluation at the University of Antwerp as of 2006. He supervises the UAntwerpen group of the Flemish Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) since 2009. Under his leadership the Flemish Academic Bibliographic Database for the Social Sciences and Humanities (VABB-SHW) has been set up and updated yearly. His research focuses on research evaluation and publication patterns in the social sciences and humanities.

Geoffrey Williams
Group Leader WG#4
EvalHum
Early Stage Researcher: no
Membership: Group Leader, MC Member, Working Group #1, Working Group #2, Working Group #3, Working Group #4,
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Professor Geoffrey Williams, MSc, PhD is co-founder and President of the EvalHum Initiative, a European association seeking to promote the Social Sciences and Humanities through improved evaluation procedures and impact studies. He is a former Vice President for International Relations at the Université de Bretagne-Sud, France (UBS), and has a particular interest in rankings and their application to the Social Sciences and Humanities. A linguist and lexicographer, he is a former president of the European Association for Lexicography - EURALEX. He is currently director of the Department for Document Management in UBS, and of the LiCoRN research group. He is a member of the Digital Humanities group of the LIDILEM research unit of the Université Grenoble Alpes. Professor Williams has published widely in his field and is a member of numerous academic societies.

Mimi Urbanc
STSM Coordinator
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences
Early Stage Researcher: no
Membership: MC Member, STSM Coordinator, Working Group #4,
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Mimi Urbanc graduated in Geography and History at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and acquired her Ph. D. in Geography at the University of Primorska in 2007. She is a senior research fellow and deputy director at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts which is the biggest arts and humanities research institution in Slovenia. She has been principal investigator in several EU and national projects. Her research activities are connected with cultural landscapes, namely with landscape perception, perception of landscape changes, identity and landscape representations. She is the chief editor of the book series Thought, society, culture: Exploring Cultural Spaces of Europe published by Peter Lang Verlag and editorial board member of book series Geography of Slovenia and journal Acta geographica Slovenica, both published by Založba ZRC. She is a member of the Commission for the Standardization of Geographical Names of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia at The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, board member of The Permanent European Conference for the Study of Rural Landscape for Slovenia, member of the EUCALAND network (European Cultural and Agricultural Landscapes), and a bord member of ISCAR (International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps). She has recently been a member of HERA (Humanities of European Research Area) International Assessment Panel and Polish National Science Centre for the fellowship program Polonez panel. She has been involved into developing ZRC SAZU's research feedback and amendments proposals to evaluation criteria and system in Slovenia.

Jolanta Sinkuniene
ESR Coordinator
Vilnius University
Early Stage Researcher: yes
Membership: ESR Coordinator, MC Member, Working Group #1, Working Group #4,
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Jolanta Šinkūnienė is an associate professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology, where she received her PhD in Humanities in 2011. Her doctoral thesis, postdoctoral fellowship work and most of the current research focus on various aspects of scientific discourse in SSH, frequently from cross-linguistic, cross-disciplinary and cross-generic perspectives. Research interests include tracing back research patterns and epistemological traditions of different disciplinary cultures within SSH and in comparison with other disciplinary fields, academic rhetoric, elements of persuasion in academic discourse, research publication practices, evaluation of research, academic identity aspects.

Emanuel Kulczycki
Grant Holder Scientific Representive
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Early Stage Researcher: yes
Membership: Grant Holder Scientific Representive, MC Member, Working Group #1, Working Group #3,
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I am a philosopher of communication and I work in the field of research evaluation. I focus on scholarly communication, academic publishing, Open Science, and scientometrics.
As part of my research, I try to go beyond the walls of the Academy. Therefore, I write popular science articles and essays. For many years, I have conducted seminars and workshops on scholarly communication and research evaluation.
Since 2010, I have been writing an academic blog entitled “Warsztat badacza” (“Scholar’s Workshop”), where I discuss scholarly communication, legislation concerning the evaluation of science and other issues that relate to the daily work of researchers.