Professor James Wilsdon

University of Sheffield

James Wilsdon leads CGHE’s local higher education engagement programme.


James is Professor of Research Policy and Director of Research, Impact and Innovation in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is Vice-Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and from 2013-17 he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science.

From 2014-15 he led an independent review of the role of metrics in the management of the UK’s research system, which published its final report as The Metric Tide. Building on this, he recently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.

James’ research interests include research policy in the UK and Europe; scientometrics; the impact agenda; public engagement in research; and the role of evidence and expertise in policymaking.

Previously, James worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at the University of Sussex and Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society. He is an editor of the Guardian’s Political Science blog on science and research policy. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group.

James’ full profile is available on the University of Sheffield’s website.

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