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 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science.
From 2014-2015, 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 & expertise in policymaking.
Previously, James worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at 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.
Select recent publications
- Nine brains or megabrain: who’s making UKRI?
Wonkhe, July 2017
- Brexit must preserve advisory networks
Nature, 543 (7647), 591-591. March 2017
- From paradox to principles: where next for scientific advice to governments?
Palgrave Communications, September 2016
- The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management
HEFCE, July 2015