Department of Educational Research County South Lancaster University Lancaster United Kingdom LA1 4YD

Dr. Gemma Derrick

Gemma’s research concentrates on science and innovation policy and its impacts. These include on the health system, the culture of academic, knowledge production and universities more broadly. She also conducts research into the evaluation of competing notions of research excellence in academia, including scientific impact, societal impact and interdisciplinary.

She specialises in evaluation systems in academia, in particular, peer review, research evaluation frameworks and university audit exercises. This includes the UK’s Research Excellence Frameworks and similar conceptualisations in other countries within Europe, the US and Australia, especially for the health and medical research fields. She is also focused on the types of cultures the proliferation of these evaluation systems leave behind, how this influences how researchers work, and the types of knowledge produced.

Currently, Gemma is also involved in research investigating the role of gender and work-life balance in the productivity and reward systems of research; and is committed to building a stronger, fairer and kinder research culture.

Recent publications

Reasoning “Uncharted Territory”: Notions of Expertise Within Ethics Review Panels Assessing Research Use of Social Media
Sellers, C., Samuel, G., Derrick, G. 1/02/2020 In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 15, 1-2, p. 28-39. 12 p.

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