iHuman draws on expertise from across the social sciences, the humanities and STEM disciplines and brings together academics, community groups and third sector organisations. We are engaged in research on RI and are pioneering new ways of incorporating these ideas into student education through an ongoing partnership between the Faculty of Social Sciences/iHuman and the Faculty of Engineering. We also host a number of events to enhance public debate. James Wilsdon joined the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield from SPRU in January 2016. Among other roles, he is currently a Vice-Chair of the International Network for Government Scientific Advice, and has recently chaired the recent review of the role of metrics in the UK, The Metric Tide, as well as leading an expert panel for the European Commission on Next Generation Metrics for open science.

VIRI Associate Director James Wilsdon is professor of research policy in the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman) and Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield in the UK. 

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Selected RRI Publications

de Saille, Stevienna and Fabien Medvecky. (2016) "Innovation for a steady state: a case for responsible stagnation." Economy and Society 45(1): 1-23. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03085147.2016.1143727


de Saille, Stevienna. (2015) "Innovating innovation policy: The emergence of ‘responsible research and innovation’." Journal of Responsible Innovation 2(2): 152-168. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23299460.2015.1045280


Hartley, Sarah, Warren Pearce, and Alasdair Taylor. (2016) "Against the tide of depoliticisation: The politics of research governance." Policy and Politics doi: 10.1332/030557316X14681503832036


Wilsdon, J. R., Bar-Ilan, J., Frodeman, R., Lex, E., Peters, I., & Wouters, P. (2017). Next-generation metrics: responsible metrics and evaluation for open science. http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/113919/1/Next_Generation_Metrics.pdf


Wilsdon, James. (2016) The Metric Tide: Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. London: SAGE. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/year/2015/metrictide/

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