What counts in forest science? An exploratory study on valuation processes in the context of forest science conferences
Goal: The project’s objective is to grasp how formal and informal criteria of ‘worth’ in the interdisciplinary and planet-critical field of forest science are practiced and performed in the context of academic conferences.
Therefore, I conduct observing participation and reflexive interviews with actors involved in pertinent events, and carry out bibliometric analyses to map the positioning of scholars in the field.
Building on science and valuation studies, my exploratory study generates insights on how social and epistemic properties of research are validated in the forest research community through interactive processes and 'live' discourse.
I conduct the study as a guest researcher of the Centre of Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, and of the TUM Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy. The project is supported by a postdoc fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).