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Research Governance and the Dynamics of Science: A Framework for the Study of Governance Effects on Research Fields

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  • Maria Nedeva, Lund University, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Mayra M. Tirado, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Duncan Andrew Thomas

This article offers a framework for the study of research governance effects on scientific fields framed by notions of research quality and the epistemic, organizational, and career choices they entail. The framework interprets the contested idea of 'quality' as an interplay involving notion origins, quality attributes, and contextual sites. We mobilize the origin and site components, to frame organizational-level events where quality notions inform selections, or selection events. Through the dynamic interplay between notions selected at specific sites, we contend, local actors enact research quality cumulatively, by making choices that privilege certain notions over others. In this article, we contribute in four ways. First, we propose an approach to study research governance effects on scientific fields. Second, we introduce first-and second-level effects of research governance paving the way to identify mechanisms through which these different levels of effects occur. Third, we assert that interactions between research spaces and fields leading to effects occur in the context of research organizations, and at nine key selection events. Fourth, and lastly, we discuss an empirical test on an illustration case to demonstrate how this approach can be applied.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Evaluation
Pages (from-to)116-127
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

    Research areas

  • CERN particle physics, UK Research Excellence Framework, research governance effects, science dynamics, scientific fields

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