Qualifications: DPhil, MA, Social and Political Thought (Sussex), BA (Hons) Philosophy (Soton)
Claire Donovan is a Reader in science and technology studies, and joined Brunel University in 2010. She previously held research and teaching positions at the Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University; Nuffield College, Oxford University; and The Open University. Claire has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University; Wolfson College, Cambridge University; the Science, Technology and Society Program, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the Department of Government, London School of Economics; the Science, Technology and Society Cluster, National University of Singapore; and the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. In 2003-05 Claire was an Elected Associate Member of the Sociology Group, Nuffield College, Oxford University.
Claire has long been an advocate for considering the unique qualities of the humanities, arts and social sciences within science-based evaluation systems, and in 2006 she was Chair of an Australian Government Technical Working Group on Research Impact where she championed the use of case studies and narratives alongside robust impact indicators. The work of this group influenced the design of REF2014. In 2013 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Areas of expertise: Assessing research impact (all fields), Research evaluation and research policy
The governance of (social) science, Assessing the value of culture, Evaluation and metrics as technologies of governance, Case studies and narrative methods