Benedetto Lepori

Benedetto Lepori
University of Lugano | USI · Interdisciplinary Institute for Data Science, Faculty of Communication Sciences

PhD

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Publications (118)
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Classifications are a basic tool for research, which allow summarizing the diversity of objects in a number of categories that fits the cognitive abilities of the human mind. Their relevance for higher education is emphasized by the differentiation of institutional profiles. Yet, unlike in the US, there is currently no classification of European Hi...
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The aim of this study was to examine how institutional barriers arising from policy decisions influence the level of participation of third-party countries in European Framework Programs (EU-FPs). To achieve this, we contrasted the effect of EU funding restrictions following Switzerland’s 2014 reclassification as a “third country” in Horizon 2020,...
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The funding environment of European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has evolved towards a “new funding climate” characterized by austerity and competition for resources. The outcome is a differentiated setting in terms of streams, allocation methods and country-specific policies. The goal of this paper is to investigate empirically the extent...
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Research on EU-FP participation (and its determinants) has been largely focused on funded participations and tended to exclude non-successful HEIs; moreover, most studies have been cross-sectional, including previous participation to EU FP as a determinant of current participation. Our paper aims to complement these analyses by investigating change...
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Understanding knowledge co-creation in key emerging areas of European research is critical for policy makers wishing to analyze impact and make strategic decisions. However, purely data-driven methods for characterising policy topics have limitations relating to the broad nature of such topics and the differences in language and topic structure bet...
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While the literature on firm mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is quite extensive, systematic approaches to analyze mergers in the public research sector are still scarce and focus only on the higher education sector. This article provides, for the first time, systematic empirical evidence on the extent and characteristics of M&A in public-sector rese...
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Alongside the introduction of research evaluation systems (Whitley and Gläser, 2007) and the restructuring of public-sector research (Paradeise et al., 2009), a major change in the governance of research systems has been the transformation in the allocation of public funding to per formers (Geuna, 2001). This transformation has been described as th...
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In this paper, we present the evolution of Swiss Media and Communication Studies over the last decade by summarizing the main results from a project funded by the Swiss University Conference (2008-2017). We give an overall picture of the growth in the field (in terms of student numbers, resources and activities), look at diversity in terms of topic...
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By using a comprehensive dataset of US and European universities, we demonstrate super-linear scaling between university revenues and their volume of publications and (field-normalized) citations. We show that this relationship holds both in the US and in Europe. In terms of resources, our data show that three characteristics differentiate the US s...
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This paper aims to understand the mechanisms through which organizations, over time, manage competing logics within budgeting practices. We draw insights from new institutional studies in accountingto highlight the importance of practice-level negotiations for managing institutional conflicts, but we complement them with a focus on the organization...
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Understanding knowledge co-creation in key emerging areas of European research is a critical issue for policy makers in order to analyse impact and make strategic decisions. However, current methods for characterising and visualising the field have limitations concerning the changing nature of research, the differences in language and topic structu...
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Recently, the need to contribute to the evaluation of the scientific, social, and political impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research has become a demand of policy makers and society. The international scientific community has made significant advances that have transformed the impact of evaluation landscape. This article reviews the...
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Performance-based research funding (PBRF), the allocation of institutional funding on the basis of ex post assessments of university research performance, has been implemented in a large number of EU Member States. However, the characteristics of this funding scheme differ widely. Apart from differences in the volume of funding, there are major var...
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In this article, we propose a synthetic indicator for the performance orientation of public R&D funding at the country level that allows for quantitative comparisons across countries and over time, and we illustrate the methodology for its computation and validation. The indicator characterizes R&D funding from the state in terms of the extent the...
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This chapter revisits the TRUE project from the perspective of the methodological choices made and, particularly, of the debate between qualitative and interpretive methodologies on the one hand, and quantitative and formalized methodologies on the other hand. By doing this, we highlight the deeper rationales of methodological choices, the practica...

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January 2017 - January 2020
University of Lugano
Position
  • Professor
January 2015 - present
University of Bath
Position
  • Senior Researcher
January 2011 - present
University of Lugano
Position
  • Senior Researcher

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Projects (6)
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The HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RESEARCH FUNDING is the first comprehensive handbook on the theory and practice of public research funding. It is edited by: • Benedetto Lepori, Università della Svizzera italiana • Ben Jongbloed, University of Twente (CHEPS) • Diana Hicks, Georgia Institute of Technology The Handbook will be published by Edward Elgar in 2023. It will include 22 chapters by some of the prominent international authors in the field. Pre-prints are available at: https://www.projectfundinghandbook.com/
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The *Handbook of Public Research Funding* is the first comprehensive handbook on the theory and practice of public research funding. It is edited by: * Benedetto Lepori, Università della Svizzera italiana * Ben Jongbloed, University of Twente (CHEPS) * Diana Hicks, Georgia Institute of Technology The handbook, due to be published by Edward Elgar in 2023, includes 22 chapters by some of the prominent international authors in the field. See: https://www.projectfundinghandbook.com/ for advance access to pre-prints of the individual chapters of the Handbook.
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Universities' internal organization, functioning and responses to external demands and policies are affected by factors at multiple levels.