September 17, 2020

Björn Hammarfelt, University of Borås

The evaluation landscape of SSH: Assessment procedures and their effect on academic knowledge production

Björn Hammarfelt is an associate professor at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), University of Borås. His research is situated at the intersection of information studies and sociology of science, with a focus on the organisation, communication and evaluation of research. His most recent work has foremost studied how scholars use and respond to bibliometric measurement.


Measures of research productivity and quality are key components of academic life,and a successful academic career is heavily dependent on meeting quantifiedperformance standards. For many years citation-based measures like the ImpactFactor dominated the metrics landscape, but in the last two decades a swathe of newevaluation tools have emerged, including the h-index, ranked journal lists, andaltmetrics. While the effectiveness of these metrics is debatable across manydisciplines, their use in the social sciences and humanities has attracted mostcriticism. This presentation is concerned with how academics navigate the landscape of  evaluative metrics; their strategies and ambitions for the future, andtheir perceptions of how evaluative metrics influence knowledge production and publication patterns.

September 18, 2020

Andrea Bonaccorsi, University of Pisa and IRVAPP-FBK Trento

Towards an epistemic approach to evaluation

Andrea Bonaccorsi is Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy and Senior fellow of IRVAPP, the Institute of Research on Evaluation of Public Policies at the FBK Foundation in Trento. His research interests are in the fields of economics of science, technology, and innovation. He has published over 200 papers, of which more than 60 articles in internationally refereed journals, with almost 10,000 GS citations.

He has been member of RISE, the group of experts supporting the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation. In the period 2011-2015 he has been member of the Board of the Italian Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Organizations.

In the last decade he has pioneered the creation of a European Register of Tertiary Education Institutions (ETER) for the use of microdata on universities. He has been member of several expert groups at the European Commission (DG Research, DG Regio), among which the AUBR group (Assessment of University-Based Research) and the group which supported the launch of the European Research Council.