Building on prior empirical studies at CWTS, mostly conducted during recent years, the Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies (STIS) research group aims to further improve our empirical unders tanding of science-based innovation, productive relationships, knowledge flows, and other added values of research universities.
While contributing to the evidence infrastructure on STI interfaces, supporting work will be done on relevant theoretical, conceptual and analytical models. In doing so, we adopt an overarching “Knowledge Triangle” model (science/technology/innovation) to frame and contextualize a wide range of studies: from theory-poor, large-scale analyses of science-technology linkages down to model-driven micro-level cases studies of high-profile academic researchers. Most projects will be empirical and data-driven, comprising individual (micro), institutional (meso) and geographical (macro) components.
While the importance of private sector funding has increased significantly in some fields of science (especially biomedicine and the life sciences), and public/private R&D cooperation has become a policy-promoted mode of operation in the last couple of decades, counteractive trends emphasize public good notions of scientific knowledge and intellectual property (“open science”, “open innovation” and “open data” movement). Research-intensive universities are likely to get caught in the middle, but are also seen as key actors and change agents to help reconcile these (seemingly) diverging developments.
The longer-term goal of the STIS group is to provide evidence-based analytical frameworks, a new generation of quantitative performance indicators, and deeper policy-relevant insights on (1) identification and strategic valuation of knowledge assets and (2) economic engagement and impact of research-intensive universities worldwide.
The STIS group is led by Prof. Robert Tijssen (CWTS, Leiden University, Netherlands). ... [more]