Heriot Watt University

Metrics for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor James Wilsdon2An IRC Research Seminar

Speaker: Prof. James Wilsdon

Wed 30 November 2016
15:30 – 16:30

 This seminar is delivered by the Chair of The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management, a report commissioned by HEFCE in 2015.

That report raised the concept of “responsible metrics” as a way of “framing appropriate uses of quantitative indicators in the governance, management and assessment of research”. However, it also noted that metrics could never be a like-for-like replacement for REF peer review. This seminar will consider the implications of responsible metrics for Social Sciences and the Humanities in particular. It asks what responsible practices for these areas are, and explores how inappropriate indicators create perverse incentives. It also asks how managers, academics and researchers can be encouraged to engage with metrics in a responsible fashion, and considers how the UK research community  can develop a more informed approach to our increasing use of metrics.

Professor James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, an Associate Fellow of NESTA and the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. He chaired the HEFCE review of the role of metrics in research assessment, which reported in 2015, and currently chairs of the Academy of Social Science's Campaign for Social Science.

The seminar takes place at:

BEC (EF26)
Esmee Fairbairn Building
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS

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