The many ways of academic researchers - how science is made useful at a University of Technology
Journal article, 2014

In assessing the performance of academic research, there is a growing interest in combining excellence with impact criteria. A frequently encountered belief is that impact should be understood in terms of new firms and patents. Others argue that academic R&D generates impacts that greatly exceed such commercialization efforts by academic researchers. The tension between these two beliefs reveals a risk that the criteria for assessing the impact of academic R&D, including criteria for allocating performance-based funding, may neglect vital aspects of how science is made useful. With insights gained from a comprehensive analysis of a well-reputed academic body, Chalmers Energy Initiative, we address this risk with the aim of contributing to the eventual design of an evidence-based science policy with appropriate evaluation routines.


Energy Research

Usefulness of Science

Science Policy


Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Eugenia Perez Vico

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Hans Hellsmark

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB

Science and Public Policy

0302-3427 (ISSN) 1471-5430 (eISSN)

Vol. 41 5 641-657

Areas of Advance


Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Other Social Sciences



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