Inge van der Weijden
I conduct both qualitative and quantitative research on the motivation, selection and evaluation of scholars in order to better understand their career development within and outside academia. Special attention is given to mental health and diversity. In 2007 I completed my PhD in 2007 at VU Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2011, I worked as a postdocs at the Rathenau Institute, where I did research into academic management & leadership of group leaders. Since 2012, I joined the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. CWTS is an interdisciplinary research institute at Leiden University that studies scientific research and its connections to technology, innovation, and society.
I give lectures and workshops at, among others, career days for PhD candidates, graduate schools, postdoc network days and HR professionals. Since 2020 I am the president of the Centre of Expertise for the Dutch PhD training.
WHY AM I INTERESTED IN RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION:
The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) one of the partners of SuperMorri, and workpackage leader of WP 7 communication and dissemination. I am interested in the impact of RRI on the development of research careers. Currently the incentives and rewards that govern research careers tend to privilege careers that produce a narrow set of knowledge outputs, linked primarily to advancing frontier knowledge. Conversely there is a lack of incentives and rewards for research careers to be engaged in a broader range of activities that may realise increased public value. The governance of research careers involves multiple institutional dimensions, including employers, funders, disciplinary research communities, and evaluation systems. Although an increasingly consistent ‘impact’ discourse has sought to stimulate the achieving of societal benefits from research and the responsible metrics movement has sought to eliminate the most egregious ‘performance measurement’ practices shaping research careers, a systematic and multi-dimensional reforming of research governance is required. Public value research careers result from governance practices that support, recognise and reward engaged research that more strongly reflects the influence of social structures. Research careers will be one of the case studies in SuperMorri workpackage 5, starting from September 2020 onwards.
WHAT DO I HOPE TO LEARN / CONTRIBUTE AS COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT:
The research career case study of SuperMorri is a study of the coordination needed between RPOs, RFOs, and research communities (individuals, groups, disciplines) to value responsible practices in scientific work that can re-configure researcher’s careers to enhance their public value. RFOs, RPOs and scientific communities have different but overlapping roles in the governance of research careers. This means that there are distinct considerations that need to be taken into account to assess how the public value of research careers can be enhanced through concerted change. The research career case study will use data from SUPER MoRRI data vehicles, including the CCN RFO study and the CCN RPO study) as part of its re-construction of the multidimensional governance of research careers.