Anne Slootweg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In this PhD project I aim to provide an ethnographic account of how ‘scientific quality’ and ‘societal relevance’ are done in practices of research evaluation at Dutch Universities.
Over the past few decades, practices of monitoring and surveillance have proliferated, in academia and beyond. In assessments at various levels researchers and institutions are increasingly required to show that their research is of sufficient – or rather, ‘excellent’ – ‘scientific quality’. At the same time, there is a growing pressure to show that research has demonstrable ‘relevance to society’, or ‘societal impact’.