Dr Jennifer Chubb PhD BA (Hons)

Dr Jenn Chubb

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Research Policy and Responsible Metrics
Faculty of Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)

Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 28393
Email: j.chubb@sheffield.ac.uk




I have over 12 years’ teaching and training experience in Higher Education. During my time at the University of York, I taught on the Master programmes within the Department of Education and this included but was not limited to teaching research methodologies (Qualitative methods, research management, using Nvivo and communicating research). In addition, I have over 12 years’ experience in researcher development delivering and developing training to postgraduate research students and staff at the Universities of Leeds and York. In particular, but not limited to, my teaching expertise includes research impact, ethics and integrity. With respect to staff development, I have taught on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at York and have experience of developing online learning materials for use on the VLE.



My postdoctoral research interests concern the politics and philosophy of research, epistemic responsibility, impact, expertise and knowledge. I am particularly interested in the effects of policy developments on research cultures with respect to integrity, gaming and corruption. My current postdoctoral role focuses on changes and developments in research policy, the evolving purposes of research assessment and responsible metrics. My PhD titled ‘Instrumentalism and epistemic responsibility: researchers and the impact agenda in the UK and Australia’, explored the academic response to impact as an emerging phenomenon in HE both politically and philosophically. I have published this work in internationally peer-reviewed journals including Studies in Higher Education and I have presented my work nationally and internationally including a keynote in Perth, Australia. My research interests are currently focused on academic attitudes towards the Research Excellence Framework, corruption and integrity. I am particularly interested in the ways in which metrics are used / misused in research and have a keen interest in collaborative work of an interdisciplinary nature.


Real-Time REF Review:

Alongside James Wilsdon in the Department of Politics at Sheffield, I am working on a pilot to explore a longitudinal, real-time evaluation approach for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). This pilot working with researchers at Cardiff University from the Department of Psychology and from funders Research England, will test the feasibility of evaluating the perceptions, experiences and understanding of the REF among academics across career stages, and in a range of departments and universities. This formative approach is new to REF evaluation and will be informed by a strong methodological grounding in social and environmental psychology and academic and applied research policy. Academically, we are interested in how the REF effects notions of self-determination and specifically how it affects academic behaviours and identities. From a policy perspective, this will help inform developments of this process which could be of both national and global significance. The pilot for a real-time REF review involves four universities from across the sector, academics from eight units of assessment, and members of management and professional staff with responsibility for managing the REF process. The pilot will launch in the spring with the results available by early 2019. Coverage about the project can be found in Times Higher Education and in WonkHE.



• Watermeyer, R & Chubb, J. (2018)  Evaluating ‘impact’ in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF): Liminality, looseness and new modalities of scholarly distinction. Studies in Higher Education, 2018

• Chubb, J & Reed, M. (2018) The politics of research impact: academic perceptions of implications for research funding, motivation and quality British Politics, Special Edition; Impact, 2018

• Chubb, J & Reed, M. (2017) Epistemic responsibility as an edifying force in academic research: investigating the moral challenges and opportunities of an impact agenda in the UK and Australia. Palgrave Communications. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-017-0023-2

• Chubb, J., Watermeyer, R. & Wakeling, P., (2017) Fear and loathing in the academy? The role of emotion in response to an impact agenda in the UK and Australia. Higher Education Research and Development, 36 (3).

• Chubb, J & Watermeyer, R. (2016) Artifice or integrity in the marketization of research impact?: Investigating the moral economy of (pathway to) impact statements within research funding proposals in the UK and Australia. Studies in Higher Education.

• Chubb, J. (2014) How does the impact agenda fit with attitudes and ethics that motivate research? In P.M. Denicolo (ed), Success in Research: Achieving Impact in Research. (pp. 20 – 32). London: Sage.Link

• Chubb, J. (2014) What skills are needed to be an impactful researcher?In P.M. Denicolo (ed), Success in Research: Achieving Impact in Research. (pp. 113-126). London: Sage. Link