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.
Amaia Albizua is a PhD candidate in the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals” (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Salamanca. She has a MSc on Soils and Water Management at ETSEA (Technical School of Agricultural Engineering) of University of Lerida with a grant of Obra Social "la Caixa" and a MSc on Environmental Studies, specialty of Ecological Economics and Environmental Management at the University Autonomous of Barcelona. Experience in consultancy doing Environmental Impacts Studies and Environmental Education; at Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen (Scotland) as Biologist Assistant ; and in UNESCO Cluster Office in Accra (Ghana) as Consultant assisting in the implementation of the natural science activities relating to programs: Man and Biosphere (MAB), International Hydrology. Started in November 2011, her doctoral research focuses on the trade-offs of agrarian intensification on agrarian soil ecosystem services and human well-being with a focus on social perception and valuation of agrarian ecosystem services, social vulnerability to multiple stressors faced by rural livelihoods and the institutional role on shaping this vulnerability with a case study in Itoiz-Canal de Navarra. Her research interest includes political ecology (environmental justices regarding land and water dispossession), soil ecology, rural-metabolism, adaptation policy and participant research.
Following a degree in Medical Cell Biology, Kate moved into the world of science and technology policy, taking a Masters degree at the University of Manchester and staying as a researcher at PREST (Programme of Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology). Early work involved the development of research evaluation systems for government research laboratories and programmes, as evaluation began to be introduced in research organisations and programmes in the 1980s. She worked on early evaluations for the European Commission’s Framework programmes, for example the socio-economic impacts of ICT and telematics collaborative R&D.
PREST transformed into the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in 2004, when Kate became a senior lecturer. She has recently worked on the interactions of firms with physics-based large scale research infrastructures, and the societal impacts of ICT research, developing the SIAMPI framework (societal impact assessment measured through productive interactions). Within the ERA-LEARN project, Kate is contributing to the development of frameworks for mapping the impacts of ERA-nets and Joint Programming Initiatives. Recently she has been working on models of impact in a different domain, namely the impacts of social enterprises and community-based funding instruments for community organisations.
Rok Benčin (born 1984) is an Assistant Professor at Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He holds a PhD in philosophy (2012) and BAs (2007) in philosophy and comparative literature. His main research focus is on aesthetics and the role of literature and art in contemporary philosophy. Since 2014, he has also been focusing on research ethics by being involved in the FP7 project SATORI (Stakeholders Acting Together on the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation).
Peter Biegelbauer is Senior Scientist at the Department Innovation Systems of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna. His research work focuses on the fields of research, technology, industry and innovation policy, where he has coordinated several national and international research projects. He is interested in all phases of the policy life-cycle, from problem definition to policy evaluation and reformulation. For several years he has concentrated on policy evaluation and the possibilities of learning from experience. He teaches at the University of Vienna on social learning and public policy making, comparative politics and social science methods. In 2013 he has published the book “Wie lernt die Politik - Lernen aus Erfahrung in Politik und Verwaltung“ on learning from experience in politics and administration with VS Springer. Since 2015 he has been editor of the journal European Policy Analysis.
Africa Borges has a Degree in Psychology by the University of Valencia and a Phd in Psychology by the University of La Laguna. She is a reader in the Department of Clinical Pshychology, Psychobiology and Methodology at the University of La Laguna. She has developed her research in the evaluation of educational programmes since 2010, starting a research line to evaluate teachers’ behaviours, employing observational methodology. Her expertise includes the creation of measurement instruments.
Since 2001 she has been the director of the Research Group on Giftedness, where she directs Phd, grade and masters thesis. In 2004 she created the Comprehensive Program for High Abilities (PIPAC in Spanish) which is an out-of-school program for gifted and talented children and their families. This program has spread beyond our borders and nowadays it is being carried out in two universities of Mexico, the University Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, and the University of Guadalajara.
She is the director of the International Network of Research, Intervention and Assessment in High Intellectual Abilities (REINEVA, in Spanish), member of the and Asociación Española de Metodología de las Ciencias del Comportamiento (AEMCCO), of the European Association of Methodology, the European Council for High Ability and director of the digital magazine of science in the disciplines of Psychology and Education, Talincrea (Talent, Intelligence and creativity).
Nelius Boshoff has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University, on the topic of knowledge utilisation in the South African wine industry. He also holds a Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Research Psychology from the same university. Over the years he has worked extensively in the field of Science Studies, at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, where he is employed as a Senior Lecturer. He participated in various large-scale projects using both quantitative and qualitative methodology and also contributed to a number of monitoring and evaluation studies. Examples are an investigation into the utilisation of research in South Africa, a study towards developing a monitoring and evaluation framework to benchmark the performance of women in the South African innovation system, bibliometric profiles of research at public sector universities, and S&T profiles for selected African countries. Nelius has produced 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 80 research reports and contributions to research reports. His professional interests include (1) studies of the societal impact of research, (2) studies of research collaboration and (3) bibliometric studies with a focus on Africa. He is the Academic Co-ordinator of the postgraduate programme in Science and Technology Studies that is offered by CREST.
Karin Byland is project leader at the University of Bern on the research project “Assessing legal research in Switzerland”. The project is funded by the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities (swissuniversities). The empirical and exploratory study focuses on procedures, evaluation methods and quality criteria for the general assessment of the scientific quality of legal research, in an international comparative perspective. Prior to that, she was a teaching and research assistant at the law faculty of the University of Geneva. She earned her Master’s degree in political science from the University of Geneva. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of courts on the implementation of public policies. Her research interests include research evaluation, quality in legal research, knowledge production processes and qualitative and quantitative assessment methods.
Dr. De Giovanni is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Scientist having read for an MSc in Occupational Psychology between 2001 and 2003. She also holds an Associate Fellowship from the British Psychological Society
In 2012 she successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham entitled: “Transitions Amidst Transition: The journey of Maltese students from compulsory education to further education and/or work.”
Dr. De Giovanni was also consultant for the European Commission and for the Council of Europe involving VET in Malta. She is also qualified as a Lead Auditor for ISO 2001:2008. Her main interests are evidence based policy and research methods.
Currently Dr. De Giovanni is the co-ordinator for the Master in Family Studies at the University of Malta and also lectures Economic Psychology, Psychometrics and Occupational Psychology. She is also chair of the childcare assessment board and carers‘ assessment board as well as member of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing Research Ethics Committee.
Monica Delsignore was born in Vercelli, Italy, on 1st December 1974. She graduated in 1998 and took her PhD in administrative law in 2001 with a dissertation on public services. She is now assistant professor (reader) of Administrative Law at the University of Milan Bicocca, School of Law. Her research interests lie in the field of Public and Administrative Law, broadly conceived. She is author of two books on arbitration and market regulation and of several articles and contributions to collective works on various topics of Administrative Law and European Administrative law. She teaches or has taught Environmental Law, Administrative Law, U.S. Administrative Law, Administrative Judicial Proceeding and Sports law. She is in the scientific committees of Diritto processuale amministrativo and Ilmerito and in the editorial board of Rivista di diritto sportivo. Her current research interests are focused on ERC’s structure and mechanisms.
Gemma is the co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation and a Lecturer in Higher Education at Lancaster University. Her expertise is in evaluative practice in academic cultures, Societal Impact, Peer review, evidence-based policymaking and evaluation of research including the use (and abuse) of bibliometric indicators. Gemma holds degrees in Medical Science, Neuroscience and has a PhD from The Australian National University in Science Communication and Research Evaluation.
Gemma has previously worked at the Post-Doctoral level at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia; and the Instituto de Politicas y Bienes Publicos (IPP-CSIC) in Madrid, Spain. She moved to the Brunel University (UK) in 2013 as recipient of the UK’s ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship investigating the evaluation of the Impact criterion in the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Her book, “Impact Games, Evaluating Impact in practice through Peer Review” will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. She has also published widely in both the academic and lay-media about issues in research evaluation, peer review, research advocacy and health and medical policymaking.
In 2014 she was awarded the British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Award in 2014 to establish an international research network for Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Research Evaluation.
Gemma is a permanent affiliate with The Menzies School of health Policy at the University of Sydney, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Cancer Policy at King’s College London and Guy’s Hospital. She is also on the Steering Committee of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Evidence Informed policy network (EVIP-Net) and is head of its working groups for Monitoring & Evaluation; and Communication & Advocacy.
Aldis Gedutis is a professor and senior researcher at the Centre for Studies of Social Change, Klaipeda University (Lithuania). He received his PhD in Philosophy from Vilnius University in 2002. He specializes in Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Sociology of Knowledge, Social Studies of Science, especially in evaluation practices and criteria in Social Sciences and Humanities. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Florida State University with the project “The Evaluation Criteria of Social Sciences and Humanities: Appraisal of the American Approach” in 2008. He was a senior researcher at the project “The Evaluation Practices of Lithuanian Social Sciences and Humanities” (2011–2013). Currently as a senior researcher he is involved in the project “The Value of Humanities: Global Arguments and Lithuanian Specifics” (2016–2018). Both projects are financed by the Research Council of Lithuania.
Dr. Sc. Haris Gekić is Assistant Professor of Human Geography at Department of Geography, University of Sarajevo. Dr. Sc. Haris Gekić is active member in the Geographical Society of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, American Association of Geographers, and the Association of Regional Studies based in London as elected ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently his main topic of research is "Measuring homelessness in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Europe". He is author of several papers about human geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina and constantly works on improvement of geographical science and gathering geographical data in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Elea Giménez-Toledo is Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council since 2006 and principal investigator of the Research Group on Scholarly Book (ILIA: http://ilia.cchs.csic.es). She is member of the EvalHum Initiative and member of the Management Committee of COST Action ENRESSH.
She has conducted basic and applied research in the field of assessment of Social Sciences and Humanities publications. The research group has developed information systems and indirect quality indicators for journals in Humanities and Social Sciences fields (DICE, RESH and CIRC) and for scholarly book publishers (SPI, Scholarly Publishers Indicators). These tools have been considered and used by Spanish assessment agencies.
She was involved in the European Commission project METRIS (Monitoring European Trends in Social Sciences and Humanities) as Spain national correspondant, as well as in Latindex information system. Between 2001 and 2006 she was full professor at the School of Communication of the Universidad de Navarra. For two years (2010-2012) she was Deputy Director of the Center for Human and Social Sciences belonging to the CSIC, in charge of proposing methods to improve the evaluation of SSH scholars and encourage the quest for quality in SSH research.
I am a PhD candidate in Sociology, in Vilnius university. Doctoral research focuses on higher education discourses in Lithuania and their interconnections with international higher education policies, with particular interest on recent reforms in funding of higher education and science and it’s quality definitions. Interest in the role of sociology for the wider publics encourages to involve into various projects with students: sociology communication in the internet (http://sociologai.lt), summer camps for students and schoolchildren and other activities. Also I lecture in Vilnius university and engage into sociological research projects on education. Research interests include higher education sociology, discourse analysis, sociology of knowledge, sociology of science, social economy, sociology of language, science communication, critical pedagogy.
Former student of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (2007-2011), I completed my Ph.D thesis in sociology at Sciences Po Paris. Since I defended my dissertation in November 2016, I am a postdoctoral fellow in sociology at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CNRS/Sciences Po Paris, France). My main research interests are related to the scientific policies in the contemporary period. My Ph.D thesis dealt with research assessment in the Social Sciences and Humanities, in a controverted agency set in 2007. Based on interviews, ethnographic observations and archives, I approached the elaboration and the uses of evaluative instruments close to the actors who conceive and implement them. At the crossroad of public policy analysis, sociology of science and sociology of professions, I show that the definition of scientific “good practices” is manufactured through intra-professional alliances and conflicts, rather than it would reflect top down reforms imposed to the profession.
Dr Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman works in research policy, management and evaluation since 1990. Between November 2003 and December 2013 she worked for the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, France. Initially her main responsibility was quality assurance of evaluation processes; she initiated ESF European Peer Review Guide (2011). Later she was Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Unit where she was responsible for the evaluation of project proposals as well as for the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH). She is currently a member of the Advisory Group of ERIH PLUS at the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). Since 2014 she is advisor for international collaborations in the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN) in Warsaw, Poland. She is particularly interested in theory, policy and practice of research evaluation in SSH in Europe and working out common standards.
Nina studied Polish philology at Warsaw University (Poland), German philology at Tuebingen University (Germany) and was awarded a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures at Columbia University (New York) in 1986.
Dr Jon Holm is responsible for coordination national research evaluations in the Division for Science at the Research Council of Norway. He holds a PhD in literature and had been working as a research administrator and manager since 2005. His current research interests are in research evaluation methodologies.
Arleen IONESCU is Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory at University of Ploieşti (UPG). Her major research and teaching interests are in the fields of Modernist prose and Critical Theory. She has published widely on James Joyce and other related aspects of modernism, as well as on Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Samuel Beckett, and William Shakespeare. Her monograph The Memorial Ethics of Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan (February 2017). As the Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Sciences, she has experience in research evaluation. She is member of the University Research Council and she has been involved in peer review for articles and books in Romania and abroad.
Dr. Arnis Kokorevics has participated in research evaluation exercises organized by Latvian Council of Science (LCS) and Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CSTS) of the Latvian Academy of Sciences since 2008. As Scientific Secretary of Latvian Council of Science (since 2014) Involvement into organization and realization of project evaluation (proposals, reports) and research evaluation exercises in the all fields of science, including Social sciences and Art and Humanities. Communication and correspondence with other research and state administration institutions at national level in Latvia, including actualities regarding Research Policy and Research Evaluation. Information of situation in national level.
He is the representative of Latvia in ERA European RTD Evaluation Network (EuEvalNet) since 2008. Representative of Latvia in ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM) since 2009 and in working group of the EURAXESS Bridgehead Organizations since 2004. Participation in preparation of Researchers’ Report 2012, 2013, 2014 and MORE2 studies (information about situation in Latvia).
Dr. philol., Dr.oec, assoc. professor and head of Business department at RISEBA University, Latvia. Director of “Future Solutions Center”, Ltd. 2008-2015. a member and expert of the Commission for Higher Education Accreditation, Latvia. Since 2016-expert of Agency for Quality Assurance of Higher Education of Latvia. Since 2015- expert of Latvian Council of Science. 1997-2015- a head of Distance Education Centre of Latvia. Since 2016- a board member of Distance Education Centre of Latvia. The participant of more than 15 international projects. The author of more than 30 articles.
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.
Vladimir Lekovski MA architect at St. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia. Founder, senior project manager, head of the private company for architecture, design and construction Studio ,,Lelelele'' in Skopje. His research focus is on creative scientific research interest in contextual spatial opportunities in advanced architecture, in relation to new contextual opportunities, today.
He has been presenting Macedonia at the Architectural Venice Biennale with his own projects titled as: ,,Out there, Architecture beyond building, 2008'', as a part of the team authors under the majot project: ,,METAMAK CUT-OUTS'' (curators: Mitko Hadzi Pulja and Minas Bakalcev).
Has been worked as Research Fellow of National Conservation Centre in Macedonia. Has had residential grant for professional collaboration in Ephesus, Turkey.Awarded with various prizes for the best architectural projects, such as: first prize for the best architectural project at the Biennale Architectural Students in Macedonia (BISTA) award ADING, for the best innovation project of research materials and construction, best architectural concept for Church Square, two first prizes BISTA (2006, 2005) for the best student projects. Some of his professional engagements included his head positions of these projects: Major project for building the church ,,Sv. Serafim Sarovski'' in Rostushe, project for conservation, reconstruction and reconstruction of the burnt Bigorski Monastery ,,Sv. Jovan Krstitel'', developing the basic and executive project for the Church Square of Skopje Macedonia.
He and his team works with the conceptual and basic design for the extension and upgrading of the houses, supervision of an individual houses, projects related to supervision and performance of the business complexes, hotels, office objects, administrative facility of the Macedonian ZOO, design for individual houses.Has been participated in numerous international competitions including: the Eco-Museum Tower Taichung Taiwan, Museum in United Stated of America with the title: Wood museum for ACSA. Has been exhibited with his professional partner Iskra Lekovska (based in Macedonia). Has had research journey through Europe (Ljubljana, Graz, Vienna, Munich, Venice, Frank, Paris, Barcelona).
Severine Louvel is associate professor in the sociology of science at Sciences Po Grenoble (PACTE). She is also affiliated with the PACTE research lab (CNRS and University of Grenoble) where she is coordinating a group on “Science & Politics in Emerging Fields” (with Céline Granjou) She is in 2015-2016 a visiting associate researcher in sociology at EPIDAPO (UMI CNRS / UCLA).
Her current work is about the politics and practices of interdisciplinarity in the life-sciences and biomedical sciences. It is mainly based on in-depth field studies and on international comparisons (France-United States). Her recent work has been published in Revue française de sociologie; Human Relations; Higher education; Science and technology Studies; Science, technology & society
Lai Ma received her PhD in Information Science from Indiana University-Bloomington, USA in 2012. Her research is mainly concerned with the interrelationship between epistemology, information infrastructure (primarily bibliographic and citation databases), and its cultural and social affordances and implications. Her work has been influenced by philosophy of language, critical social theory, and social studies of science and technology. She has published conceptual and theoretical work about the concepts of information. Her recent work focuses on research evaluation practices, as well as the notion of impact in the context of knowledge production. She is now working as Assistant Professor in School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Bojan Macan is a head of the Centre for Scientific Information at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. He has a PhD in Information and Library Sciences (finished in 2015) as well as graduation diploma of information sciences (librarianship) and Croatian language and literature (finished in 2005), all from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In his PhD thesis he has developed a model of Current Research Information System for Croatian academic and research society which could be used for evaluation purposes. Bojan is/was a collaborator on three international projects European Union projects related to open access, open data and open science (OpenAIRE 2020, OpenAIREplus, FOSTER). He is also a collaborator on Croatian projects dealing with development of Croatian information infrastructure – Croatian Scientific Bibliography CROSBI, Croatian open access infrastructure DABAR (Digital Academic Archives and Repositories), Full-text Institutional Repository of the Ruđer Bošković Institute - FULIR and Database about Scientific Equipment – Sestar. He has actively participated in many international and domestic conferences and is very active in education activities through university teaching, various educational trainings, as well as training of librarians through the Center for Continuing Professional Training of Librarians. His interests are connected with scientific communication, open access, open data and open science, bibliometrics, evaluation of science and implementation of new technologies in libraries. He has published around 20 articles in international and domestic journals, conference proceedings and one book chapter.
Jorge Mañana Rodríguez holds a degree in education and a Ph.D. in library and information science. He is currently hired researcher at the ÍLIA Research Group (Spanish National Research Council).
Stéphanie Mignot-Gerard earned her PhD in Sociology from Sciences Po Paris in 2006. Between 2006 and 2008, she was a post doc at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education at New York University. She is currently associate professor of management at the IAE Business School and Institut de recherche en Gestion (IRG) at the University Paris Est Creteil (UPEC). Her research interests cover several topics related to organizations and public policies in the sector of higher education. In her doctoral thesis, she studied the governance of French universities at the end on the nineties. She pursued her research in four directions: implementation of NPM reforms in the French higher education system; emergence and effects of university rankings; comparative international analysis of top-rated academic departments; social and professional trajectories of students in HE programs in apprenticeship. Her teaching involves courses of organizational behavior, organizational sociology, and university governance. Additionally, she supervises a Master degree of Higher Education Management at the IAE Gustave Eiffel School of management.
Miloš Milenković, Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Miloš also teaches at the History and Philosophy of Science interdepartmental program at the University of Belgrade. He teaches Methodology of Ethnological and Anthropological Research; Anthropology of Science and Politics; Comparative Anthropology – Globalization and Multiculturalism and History of Serbian Ethnology – Identity and Knowledge. His fundamental research interests include: History, theory and methodology of social sciences and humanities; Anthropology of science and education; Multiculturalism and identity politics: He is currently leading a research project on identity politics of European Union.
Boris Mlačić earned his PhD in personality psychology from the University of Zagreb. Since 1992 he is employed at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb where he is now a research advisor. Since 1999 he teaches at the Department of Psychology, College of Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb where he is now a full professor. Since 2014 he teaches at the Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Croatia, also as a full professor. In the academic year 2009/2010 he was awarded with a Fulbright Research Award at the Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. He was a recipient of the Croatian Annual National Award for Science for 1999. Since 2013 he is Member of the Executive Committee of World Personality Association. In his research he focuses on individual differences, the lexical approach in personality psychology, the Big-Five model, and personality development. In particular, he develops personality-descriptive taxonomies, studies self-peer agreement in the context of personality and social attitudes and personality structure development.
Jordi Molas-Gallart is Research Professor and Deputy Director at INGENIO, a research institute of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and Visiting Fellow at SPRU where he obtained his PhD and worked for some 15 years as a researcher and Senior Lecturer. His research interests include science and technology policy evaluation and impact assessment. He has been a member of several European Commission expert groups, including the group on “Foresight on Key long-term Transformations of European systems: Research, Innovation and Higher Education”. He is President of the European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID), Chair of the Science Europe Working Group on Research Policy and Programme Evaluation and Spanish National Expert in the H2020 Programme Committee for Societal Challenge 6 (‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies’). He is the author of one book, and more than 80 articles, book chapters, monographs and reports. He is co-editor of Research Evaluation, a journal published by Oxford University Press.
Reetta Muhonen is a postdoctoral researcher (2015-2020) at the Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, TaSTI, in the University of Tampere, Finland. She is a sociologist interested in higher education and science studies. She has published widely on science policy related topics like research performance, scientific publishing, internationalisation of science and science-society interface. The main aim of her postdoc research is to study how SSH researchers and stakeholders make sense and justify the value of social sciences and humanities.
Master in Philosophy gained in 2008, thesis „Skepticism and Common Sense“ – winner of Comenius University Rector Prize. Doctorate in Systematic Philosophy gained in 2012, thesis „Internalism and Externalism in Epistemological Theories of Justification and the Problem of Skepticism“.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Philosophy from 2012 until now. Deputy head of the department from 2016 until now.
Specializes in analytical epistemology, esp. philosophical skepticism, epistemic justification, epistemic value, philosophical intuitions. Teaches courses in epistemology and in philosophical reading and writing.
Dejan Pajić is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Novi Sad. He holds a PhD in Psychology and teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and human-computer interaction. His field of interest and expertise encompasses scientometrics, research evaluation, information retrieval, and information visualization. Dejan was member of the core team that developed Serbian Citation Index (http://scindeks.ceon.rs) and Journal Bibliometric Report - a comprehensive system for quantitative evaluation of Serbian academic journals. His current research activities are mainly focused on promotion of Open Science and the realization of Erasmus+ project entitled BE-OPEN - Boosting Engagement of Serbian Universities in Open Science (http://beopen.uns.ac.rs).
Dr. Elena C. Papanastasiou, Associate Dean and an Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia, has received her Ph.D. in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University and an Honors B.Sc. in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Since 2001, Dr. Papanastasiou has also held academic positions at the University of Kansas, the University of Cyprus and the University of Nicosia. Dr. Papanastasiou is mostly interested in the areas of Assessment and Attitudes Toward Research.
So far, she has published the Attitudes Toward Research Scale (2005) that is widely used in various countries, in addition to three editions of a book on Educational research methodology, (in Greek) and more than 60 peer reviewed journal publications, book chapters and peer reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Papanastasiou also serves as the General Assembly representative of Cyprus in the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), while in 2014 she has also been elected in the Standing Committee of the IEA.
Dr. Papanastasiou’s research interest lie in the fields of research attitudes and use, as well as on issues related to item review and testing. Her methodological work includes applications of structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, other advanced multivariate parametric and non-parametric techniques, as well as qualitative and mixed methods for responding to research problems.
Dr Sanja Pekovic has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University Paris-Est under the supervision of Prof. Marc-Arthur Diaye. She is Assistent Professor at the University of Montenegro. Dr Pekovic is also visiting researcher at the University Paris-Dauphine and fellow at the CERGE-EI. Between 2006 and 2011, she was Researcher at the Center for Labor Studies (Centre d’Eudes de l’Emploi) and Lecturer at the University Paris-Est. In 2006, she obtained a Master’s degree from the Ecole Nationale Des Pontset Chaussées and University of Paris-EST Marne-la-Vallée. Her research interests are within the field of quality and environmental economics, economics of innovation, corporate social responsibility, applied econometrics, and on this topic she has published in international journals. During her PhD studies, she was also a visiting scholar at the several prestigious research institutions, including INRA-SupArgo (Montpellier, France, 2007), Laboratoire CNRS UMI 2615 Franco-Russe PONCELET (Moscow, Russia, 2007) and at Institute of Environment and Sustainability, UCLA (LA, California, 2010) in collaboration with Prof. Magali Delmas. Dr Pekovic has published extensively in leading Economic and Management journals and have given invited seminars and talks at numerous national and international conferences. She has also acted as a Vice-Chair/President of several conference organizing committees, as a referee for several prestigious subject-specific journals and she is active member of several academic networks and societies. Upon recognition of her contribution to academic research, she has received the ‘Research Impact on Practice’ Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida (2013), which is awarded to researchers in the area of Economics and Management whose work has demonstrated significant practical implications. She is also involved in several projects that are funded by national and international organizations.
Ginevra Peruginelli is Researcher at ITTIG-CNR. She has a degree in Law and a Ph.D in Telematics and Information Society at the University of Florence. She has also received her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. For ten years (starting in 2004) she has been adjunct professor of legal informatics at the Law Faculty of University of Perugia. In 2012 she was adjunct professor of legal informatics at the University of Florence, Faculty of Law. In 2004 and in 2006 she won two research fellowships as visiting scientist at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London and the Centre de recherche en droit public at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montréal. Since 2007 she is member of the editorial board of DoGi – Dottrina Giuridica, one of the most precious Italian bibliographic source for accessing legal scholarship coming from journal articles. Since 2015 she is the scientific coordinator of a national project on the evaluation of monographs in the field of legal science. The project has been funded by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) of Italy under the research theme "The role of books in non-bibliometric areas". The project aims at investigating the possibility of using indicators to support the evaluation of monographs in the area of law. She is one of the editor in chief of the Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL) published by Cornell University. Since October 2013 she is member of the Steering Committee of the Free access to Law Association (FALM)
Lic.Phil. Janne Pölönen has training in history, specialising in Roman law and society research. Since 2010 he has been involved with developing the Finnish ‘Publication Forum’ based publication indicator, and with analysing the Finnish universities’ output using national and international databases. In course of this work, he is acquainted with bibliometric research and practices.
Ana Ramos main activity has been the monitorization and analysis of science and higher education public policies, with particular interest in the evaluation of scientific research and in the complementarity between quantitative methods (such as bibliometrics) and peer review. She holds a PhD in biochemistry and had been working in Universidade Nova de Lisboa as a research administrator and manager since 2007. At the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (the government agency that funds individuals, research projects and institutions across all areas of research), she has coordinated projects for constructing authoritative lists of Social Science and Humanities journals and publishers and in the implementation of a publication indicator for SSH. She is member of the Management Committee of ENRESSH and national expert for ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Francesco Rizzi, graduated with honours in 2002 in Civil Engineering at University of Pisa. Since completing his PhD in “Theories and models for the economic analysis” at European University of Rome, he has carried out more than 20 multidisciplinary researches in EC and national projects in the field of sustainable management. He is currently associate professor in management at University of Perugia and affiliated professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is visiting researcher at TrinityHaus -Trinity College of Dublin. He is one of the founders of Ergo, a spin-off company of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna that provides services in the field of sustainable management. Francesco’s research interests include triple-bottom line strategies and social change organizations. He is member of the management board of the COST TU1204 Action “People friendly city in a data reach world”. He has expertise as advisor to several public authorities and industrial organisations, especially in the energy and waste industries. He is expert evaluator for the European Commission for FP7 and FSE programmes in the field of sustainability.
Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer is a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Social Computing Research Group at Know-Center. His main research interests are Open Science models and infrastructures, science policy, alternative models for peer review, and philosophy of technology. Tony has worked in a number of EU-funded projects, including the H2020 CSA OpenUP, the H2020 OpenAIRE2020 project, the H2020 EOSCpilot project and the FP7 SHAMAN project. Tony is actively involved in Open Science advocacy and community-building via networks such as the Research Data Alliance, OpenCon and Open Knowledge. As Scientific Manager for OpenAIRE at the University of Goettingen, Tony was responsible for OpenAIRE’s outreach strategy, scientific direction and coordination of its pan-European network of 33 National Open Access Desks (NOADs). Tony has published widely on Open Science, Open Access, peer review and library science. Tony regularly acts as PC member and co-organizes and co-chairs a number of workshops and conferences on topics related to Open Science. Tony writes about Open Science in popular science outlets such as the LSE Impact Blog, and is regularly gives invited talks on these topics.
I work as the Director of the Centre for the Scientific Information at the University of Lower Silesia (ULS) and I am responsible for documenting publications of ULS’s researchers and giving advice on scientometrics and bibliometrics. I am also engaged in an open access movement in Poland. For instance, I translated the Open Journal Systems (OJS) from English to Polish. Moreover, I cooperate with many Polish journals’ publishers and editorial boards and I support them in improving publishing quality of their journals.
I am also a researcher. My main interests are the research evaluation (especially using national journal lists in the evaluation systems), and scientometrics and bibliometrics as well. As a member of the Scholarly Communication Research Group at the Adam Mickiewicz Univerisity in Poznan I am involved in the project Contemporary Polish Humanities in the face of the Challenges of Scientometrics, financed by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities in Poland (decision number 0057/NPHR3/H11/82/2014): http://sc.amu.edu.pl
Anna Ruskan I graduated from Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and received a BA degree (2002) and an MA degree (2004) in English Philology. In 2013 defended her PhD thesis at Vilnius University, which dealt with the realizations of the category of evidentiality in Lithuanian fiction and academic discourse. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, contrastive linguistics, academic discourse, modality and evidentiality. In 2014 – 2015 She was on a study visit as a post-doc researcher at the University of Vienna, funded by the OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research). Since 2008 She has been working at the Department of English Philology of the Faculty of Philology in Vilnius University.
Marco Seeber is postdoctoral researcher in the department of Sociology, Ghent University. His research aims to improve the functioning and particularly the openness of higher education and research institutions. Empirically, he focuses on how factors at multiple levels and their interactions affect governance of higher education systems, management of universities, researchers’ work and careers. His PhD (2006-09) analysed governance changes related to NPM policies. From 2010-13 he was post-doctoral researcher at CORe - Centre on Organizational Research at University of Lugano (CH). He has published in journals such as Public Management Review, Research Policy, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Informetrics, Research Evaluation, Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Eiríkur Smári Sigurðarson is the Director of Research, School of Humanities, University of Iceland where he also teaches Ancient Greek and Philosophy. He has previously worked as a Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and was the Deputy Director of the Icelandic Centre for Research. His research is mainly within the intersection of philosophy and biology in ancient thought. Currently he leads a project within the School of Humanities on the uses of the humanities.
Eiríkur Smári Sigurðarson has worked on research and research policy for a number of years, particularly within the humanities and social sciences. He participated in setting up the ERA nets NORFACE and HERA while working for the Icelandic Centre for Research. In his current position as a Director of Research he is engaged with evaluating research in the area of humanities.
Linda Sīle is doctoral student at the University of Antwerp within the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM). My current work spans somewhat diverse yet intertwined themes around (sociology of) the use of data within bibliometrics for social sciences and humanities. Since Summer 2016, national bibliographic databases for research output within the social sciences and humanities, as well as the ways how to explore these artefacts, has been the main area of inquiry. Specifically, if one is reminded that such databases (as any other infrastructure) tend to carry their own histories with social and cultural preferences, then it becomes interesting to see how these histories play out when data from such national databases are integrated either in new information systems or a bibliometric study.
Linda holds a Master of Science degree in Education with a specialisation in Educational Research (University of Gothenburg). Additional academic education is acquired in the Science and Technology Studies and Philosophy of Science (independent courses and workshops; University of Gothenburg, Ghent University, Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture).
Karel Šima works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He earned his PhD in history and anthropology with thesis on national festivity cultures in 19th century in 2010. His research interests comprise cultural history, theory of history and ethnology, methodology of ethnography and research on festivities and performative cultures in general. He is co-author of 3 books, several articles in international peer review journals and more than 20 studies in Czech journals and books. In recent years he has been involved also in several project on higher education research and research policy.
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.
Professor Andreja Istenič Starčič, graduated from sociology of culture and education at University of Ljubljana, MA from sociology of Culture and PhD from education University of Ljubljana. Employed at the University of Primorska Faculty of Education and University of Ljubljana Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering Slovenia, where she is a Full Professor. She is also a Honorary fellow at Macquarie University Sydney Australia. Visiting Professor at Federal University Kazan (Volga region), Tatarstan Russia. A Vice dean for international collaboration at Faculty of Education University of Primorska. As an expert in educational technology and interdisciplinary research, her research interests and teaching involve Educational technology, Learning environments, Research in education, Media education, Contemporary learning theories, ICT assisted learning for people with special needs, Innovation and creative production of multimedia contents. Higher education, work integrated learning. She is editor of iJET – International journal: emerging technologies in learning and has been editor of BJET - British Journal of Educational technology. A member of editorial boards TOJET – The Turkish Online Journal of Education Technology, iJAC- International journal of advanced corporate learning and editor of a special virtual issue of BJET – British Journal of Educational Technology: ICT-Supported Learning and Special Educational Needs: A Special Virtual Issue. She is one of funding convenors of EERA – European Educational Research Association network Didactics. She is involved in international conferences committees: ALT 2016 – Association for Learning technology annual conference CONNECT, COLLABORATE, CREATE, NETNEP 2014 – 5th International Nurse Education Conference, EDUCON 2014 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, SDM’2014 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Interactive Computer Aided Learning, organiser of special session ICCHP 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs.
Tereza Stöckelová is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, assistant professor at the Department of General Anthropology, Charles University, and editor-in-chief of the English edition of Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review. Her work is situated in-between sociology, social anthropology and science and technology studies (STS), and draws upon actor network theory and related material semiotic methodologies. She has investigated academic practices in the context of current policy changes, science and society relations and environmental controversies. In 2015 she started a new research project concerned with “multiple medicine” – ethnography of the interfaces between biomedical and alternative therapeutic practices.
Tereza Stöckelová has investigated academic practices in the context of current policy changes since 2006. She has also been engaged in policy and public debates on science and research assessment, and was a member of a working group that received the John Ziman prize in 2014 for the European Science Foundation report Science in Society: caring for our futures in turbulent times (chaired by Ulrike Felt).
Jadranka Stojanovski is the assistant professor at University of Zadar, Department of Information Sciences and research librarian at one of the biggest research library in Croatia – Rudjer Boskovic Institute Centre for Scientific Information. She holds master's degree in physics, as well as master’s and doctoral degree in information sciences.
She led and took part in different projects focused on the organization of information about research in Croatia like Croatian Scientific Bibliography CROSBI, Who's Who in Science in Croatia, SESTAR repository of scientific equipment, HRCAK repository of the Croatian Open Access Journals, Digital Academic Archives and Repositories DABAR, and others. Croatian Scientific Bibliography CROSBI holds the data on 0.5 M papers, Who’s Who in Science in Croatia holds the data on 8.000 scholars, HRCAK stores more than 400 Croatian OA journals, and DABAR hosts at the present 100 institutional repositories.
She is also involved in the continuous education, and has taught numerous lectures and workshops on online databases retrieval, bibliometrics, digital libraries, open science and open access to the scientific information, etc. for researchers and librarians While the organization of research output in Croatia remains her main focus, she has developed expertise in the scholarly publishing, data and publications management, open access, assessment of the research impact, and other main bibliometric and altmetric issues. She provides leadership and direction on a range of scholarly communication, open access, knowledge organization, and research information projects. She is also representative and national coordinator in Horizon 2020 project OpenAIRE, National reference point for scientific information for Croatia and member of the COST action PEERE.
In 1987, Yulia Stukalina graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Latvia, and was awarded the qualification of teacher, philologist and translator (Mg. philol.). In 1996, she was awarded Master’s Degree in Pedagogics. In 2012, she received her Doctor’s Degree in Educational Management at the University of Latvia. She further improved her qualification in Austria and Lithuania (within the Erasmus Programme). Yulia Stukalina has a teaching experience of more than 25 years. She is the author of twenty-five international scientific publications including those indexed in Thomson Reuters (8), Scopus, ScienceDirect and Ebsco. She is the author and co-author of seven study aids for students of Transport and Telecommunication Institute. Currently Yulia Stukalina is the Head of the Department of Humanities and Leading Researcher in Transport and Telecommunication Institute. She is also an expert of the Latvian Council of Science (in Management) and member of the Latvian Association of University Professors. Her research areas include ESP (English for Specific Purposes), Educational Management, Quality Management and Strategic Management in higher education. In 2008-2009, she participated in the European Social Fund Project “Practical Training for the TTI Students Acquiring Higher Education (in Transport and Logistics Enterprises)”.
Currently she is the head of the international multidisciplinary research project Learning with ICT use (co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme) from Transport and Telecommunication Institute (period: 01.09.2014 – 31.08.2017).
Currently I work as an associate professor of philosophy and gender studies at the Department of Philosophy and History of Philosophy & Gender Studies Centre, Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava, where I teach courses on philosophy of science, feminist epistemology and gender studies. The fields of my professional interests are philosophy of science, especially topics on feminist reflections on science, ethics of/in science and methodology of feminist research. I have been participated in and coordinated several national as well as international projects focusing on gender and science, gender equality and feminist theory. I was a member of the Steering committee for The Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science and also a member of the Expert´s Forum of the European Institute of Gender Equality.
I published several papers on feminist philosophy of science, edited and co-authored two books on gender in science and co-editored and wrote several chapters of an introductory textbook on gender studies. My current research is focusing on the social and value dimension of scientific knowledge and the mutual interactions between science, particularly SSH, and its social environment, including gender and power relations. I also focus on issues concerning the roles of values in knowledge producing practices, values of science and on issues relating the ways in how diverse social factors such as power and gender play their part in the process of production of scientific knowledge in general and in SSH particularly.
Tramountanis Angelo is a Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens, Greece. His field of expertise is on "applied analysis of immigration policy”. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Migration and Diaspora (EMMEDIA), research institute of the University of Athens, and Co-ordinator of the Observatory on Combating Discrimination (OCD). Furthermore, he holds an MA in Migration Studies from the Sussex University, and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens. In the past 15 years he has participated in a number of research projects regarding immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, and has published articles regarding the integration of immigrants, migration policy and refugee policy.
Marc Vanholsbeeck recently defended his PhD thesis in scholarly communication/science polices about the notion of quality of the publications in the assessment of SSH research2, in February 2016. In this work he has investigated the national (Belgian) and European policies and management prescriptions which directly or indirectly - have an impact on the (re)definition of quality when assessing the publications in SSH, and confronted those “supra-collegial” prescriptions with the quality criteria that the researchers themselves would like to see (better) valorized in the assessment of their research and publications. Vanholsbeeck is also a part time lecturer in qualitative methodologies and science communication at the department of communication studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Furthermore, as his current principal professional activity, he is heading a team in charge of following the European Research Area at the Direction of scientific research of the Ministry of Wallonia-Brussels Federation (= French speaking Community of Belgium), with a specific expertise in SSH research, social innovation and Open Science. Marc intends to pursue in the future his investigation of the impact of research policies and management practices on scholarly and science communication, with a specific focus on the SSH.
After his degrees in agricultural economics, German-Hungarian translation and international MBA studies, he completed his PhD at Szent Istvan University, Hungary. He worked as an associate professor at this university, where he also acted as the vice dean for international affairs of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, now private professor. His main fields of research are economics of transition, Post-Soviet studies and international issues of agricultural economics. He is a professor and PhD supervisor of Hungarian and foreign doctoral schools, member of editorial board of different referred international and Hungarian scientific journals. He actively participates in several international scientific organisations and networks as a visiting professor and honorary doctor of Japanese, Russian, and Kazakh universities.
Ph.D in economics received at University of Rijeka (1992). Fulbright fellowship for postdoctoral study obtained at Cornell University Graduate School of Management (1996). From 2005 employed at the Institute of Economics Zagreb. Professional status is tenured senior research fellow. Teaching and researching record from University of Rijeka. Scientific interest in microeconomics, institutional, labour and health economics. Special research and public policy interest in financial literacy, financial education and longer working life. National expert in Horizon 2020 “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies..
Filip Vostal is a junior researcher at the Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and teaches social theory at the Anglo-American University in Prague. He holds PhD in Sociology from University of Bristol. His research interests encompass sociology of time, social studies of science and contemporary critical social theory. He has published several articles on acceleration in/of academia. He is the author of Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time. He tweets at @filvos.
Professor Albena Vutsova (F) has a Masters Degree in semiconductors and electronic components, and PhD from the University of World and National Economy (Bulgaria) on "Integration of Bulgarian Science to the European Research Area". She is holder of Diploma in Financial Management from the UWNE (Bulgaria). Prof. Vutsova has been consultant in the department "Scientific Research" at the Ministry of Education and Science. She is responsible for National Research Programmes Management and developing research policy papers, She was a National Coordinator of the EU Framework Programmes (5,6,7,), for COST, and for the EU Young Scientists Foundation. From 1993 to 2011 Prof. Vutsova was Director of the Scientific Research Directorate at the Ministry of Science and Education. She was also the Executive Manager of the National Science Foundation from Feb. 1991 to Jan. 2008. Her earlier career included the posts of Senior Expert at the State Committee for Research and Technology (1987-1991), Manager of "Progress" at the Innovation Center (1981-1987) and Research Associate at the Institute of Instrument Design (1975-1981). Her international experience includes several Phare, FP7 and NATO projects, both as partner and coordinator, as well as organising and speaking at global conferences. She is author and co-author in a number of publications. Research interests: Higher education policy, Organizational forms and governance, Economics of Education; Educational Policy, Research evaluation and peer review, Public-private partnership, Management, Development economics, Financial development and economic growth.
Isabella Wagner's scholarly background is in Science and Technology Studies (graduated at the University of Vienna) with a focus on international development, the sociology of information and communication technologies and science communication. At the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) she has been managing scientific networking projects with regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, organising international events, designing and implementing communication strategies and contributing with analytical perspectives on social innovation, science policy, monitoring and impact.
As a second strand she is member of the team for co-publication studies at ZSI and participated in several science policy evaluation studies, combining qualitative and quantitative approaches (bibliometrics and co-publication network analysis, focus groups, interviews, etc.). She participated in evaluations and is academically contributing to the conferences of the Austrian Platform for Science and Technology Policy Evaluation (fteval) which is hosted at ZSI.
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.
Tobias Wolbring (born in 1982) holds a diploma degree in Sociology (Economics and Social Psychology as minor subjects; 2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology and Economics (summa cum laude; 2013) from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. From 2008 to 2013, Wolbring was a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Norman Braun, Ph.D.) at the Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich. In 2013 and 2014 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Professorship for Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education (Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Daniel) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. From 2015 to 2017 he was an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) of Sociology, with a specialization in Longitudinal Data Analysis in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. Since 2017 Professor Wolbring holds the Chair of Empirical Economic Sociology at the School of Business and Economics at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2014 Professor Wolbring received the Dissertation Award by the German Sociological Association (GSA) in the same year the Anatol-Rapoport Prize (2014) by the GSA-Section „Model Building and Simulation” and in 2017 the Robert K. Merton Prize (2017) by the International Network of Analytical Sociology. Since 2013 he is co-editor of the SSCI-listed, peer reviewed journal Soziale Welt and council member of the section "Methods of Social Research" of the German Sociological Association.