Science studies





Scholten, W., Franssen, T., van Drooge, L., de Rijcke, S. & Hessels, L. (2021). Funding for few. anticipation among all: Effects of excellence funding on academic research groups, Science and Public Policy 48(2): 265-275. [PDF]


Franssen, T. (2020) Research infrastructure funding as a tool for science governance in the

humanities: A country case study of the Netherlands, in: Cramer, K. & Hallonsten, O. (Eds.) Big science and research infrastructures in Europe, pp. 157-176. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


Kuipers, G. & Franssen, T. (2020) Qualification, in: Bowen, J., Dodier, N., Duyvendak, J. &

Hardon, A. (Eds.) Pragmatic inquiry: critical concepts for social sciences, 143-168. London: Routledge. [PDF]


Costas, R., Mongeon, P., Ferreira, M. R., van Honk, J. & Franssen, T. (2020). Large-scale identification and characterization of scholars on Twitter. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(2): 771-791. [PDF]

Franssen, T. & Wouters, P. (2019) Science and its significant other: the representation of humanities in bibliometrics, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 70(10): 1124-1137. [PDF]

Franssen, T. & De Rijcke, S. (2019) The rise of project funding and its effects on the social structure of academia, in: Cannizzo, F & Osbaldiston, N. (Eds.) The social structures of global academia, 144-161. London: Routledge. [PDF]

Colavizza, G., Franssen, T. & van Leeuwen, T. (2019). An empirical investigation of the Tribes and their Territories: are research specialisms rural and urban?, Journal of Informetrics 13(1): 105-117. [PDF]

Hessels, L., Franssen, T., Scholten, W. & de Rijcke, S. (2019). Variation in Valuation: How Research Groups Accumulate Credibility in Four Epistemic Cultures, Minerva 57(2): 127-149. [PDF]

Rushforth, A, Franssen, T. & de Rijcke, S. (2019) Portfolios of Worth. Capitalizing on Basic and Clinical Problems in biomedical Research Groups, Science, Technology & Human Values 44(2): 209-236. [PDF]


Franssen, T., Scholten, W., Hessels, L. & de Rijcke, S. (2018) The drawbacks of project funding for epistemic innovation: comparing institutional affordances and constraints of different types of research funding, Minerva 56(1): 11-33. [PDF]

Degn, L., Franssen, T., Sørensen, M. & de Rijcke, S. (2018) Research groups as communities of practice—a case study of four high-performing research groups, Higher Education 76(2): 231-246. [PDF]

De Wilde, M. & Franssen, T. (2016) The Material practices of quantification: Measuring ‘deprivation’ in the Amsterdam Neighbourhood Policy, Critical Social Policy 36(4): 489-510. [PDF]

De Rijcke, S., Wouters, P., Rushforth, A., Franssen, T. & Hammarfelt, B. (2016) Evaluation practices and effects of indicator use—a literature review, Research Evaluation 25(2): 161-169. [PDF]

De Wilde, M. & Franssen, T. (2014) Verloren en gevonden in kwantificatie. Het dubbelleven van een index in de Amsterdamse Wijkaanpak, Sociologie 10(3/4): 260-282. [PDF]

My work is inspired by valuation studies, science and technology studies and the sociology of science. I am interested in what is deemed valuable by different actors in the science system. My main concern is how particular notions of ‘good’ science, sometimes institutionalized in valuation regimes that include research funding arrangements, shape research practices.

Because my work is usually comparative, I am also interested in the epistemic differences between different domains of science (including the humanities) and the application of bibliometric methods to study these differences. Because many valuation practices in the science system rely on quantification and metrics I also have an interest in the field of scientometrics as object of study. In particular how it engages with metrics in/for the humanities and social sciences.