Professor James Wilsdon
Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics
Director of Impact and Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences
0114 22 20175
+44 (0)771 076 0086
Room: DS14, 2nd Floor, Edgar Allan House,
241 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2GW
In January 2016, I joined the Department of Politics as Professor of Research Policy. I combine this with a role in the Faculty of Social Sciences as Director of Impact and Engagement.
I’m also Director of the Nexus Network, a £1.8m ESRC initiative to link research & policy across food, energy, water and the environment. Since 2013, I've been Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and I led the working group for its 2015 report The Business of People.
I recently chaired a review of the role of metrics in the management of the UK’s research system, which published its final report The Metric Tide in July 2015. Building on this, I am now leading an expert panel for the European Commission on the role of altmetrics. I am also on the advisory board of Scientists for EU.
Previously, I worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU, University of Sussex (2011-2015), Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society (2008-2011), Head of Science and Innovation at Demos (2001-2008), Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-2008) and Senior Policy Adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-2001).
I contribute regularly to the media and am one of the editors of the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog on science and research policy. In 2015, I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
My research interests include the role of evidence & expertise in policymaking; the politics and practice of scientific advice; interdisciplinarity, particularly between natural and social sciences; science, research and innovation policy in the UK, EU and China; scientometrics; the future of the impact agenda; and public engagement in research.
My research affiliations include: associate fellow at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy; affiliate of the University of Colorado's Centre for Science and Technology Policy; member of the Governing Council of the Science and Democracy Network; and member of the Governing Board of CISTRAT (International Research and Training Centre for Science and Technology Strategy) in Beijing.
As someone who tries to engage with policy and public audiences, I'm a strong supporter of open access, and aim whenever possible to publish my own work in OA formats. I'm a member of the academic steering committee of the Open Library of Humanities, and the editorial board of Palgrave Communications, a new OA journal for the social sciences.
Currently I am working on three projects:
1. The Nexus Network
2. International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
3. Responsible metrics
I am currently supervising two PhD students:
I would be pleased to hear from prospective PhD students, particularly those looking to work on: the politics of scientific advice; evidence and expertise in policymaking; or the role of metrics in research management and governance.
Key publications include: