The many ways of academic researchers - how science is made useful at a University of Technology
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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.

Usefulness of Science

Energy Research

Science Policy

Sweden

Författare

Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Eugenia Perez Vico

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Hans Hellsmark

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut

Science and Public Policy

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

Vol. 41 641-657

Styrkeområden

Energi

Drivkrafter

Innovation och entreprenörskap

Ämneskategorier

Annan samhällsvetenskap

DOI

10.1093/scipol/sct088