Sarah joined the Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS) in the Spring of 2011, where she is currently Professor in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director of the institute.
The work of her research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding on how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications). This program is situated at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and the sociology and anthropology of science.
Sarah is Editorial Board member of Palgrave Communications; Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV); The Global Epistemics Book Series; and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. She is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS).
In 2019, she received a ZonMW-grant Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project 'Stimulating Academic Gatekeeper Engagement in responsible research assessment (SAGE)' (together with Guus Dix).
In 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant for the project 'FluidKnowledge - How evaluation shapes ocean science.' (2019-2023).
In February 2017, she received a ZonMw Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project 'Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement'.
She received an Aspasia internationalization grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University, in June 2016.
As of June 2016, she is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe.
Her group is partner in R-Quest, Centre for Research Quality & Policy Impact Studies, coordinated by Liv Langfeldt at NIFU (Norway); Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity (SOPs4RI), coordinated by Niels Mejlgaard and Mads Sorensen at Aarhus University; and KNOWSCIENCE, funded by RJ Sweden, coordinated by Merle Jacob, Lund University.
Previous projects included the EC-funded H2020 project on Promoting Integrity as Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research (Printeger), coordinated by Hub Zwart and Willem Halffmann (Radboud University).
As of January 2017, Sarah is an Elected council member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST).
From 2015 - 2017, Sarah was an Anna Boyksen Fellow at the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study & the Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS). She was a visiting professor at the STS department in Vienna in 2015, a visiting research fellow at UC San Diego in 2010 and a visiting pre-doc at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2007.
Before coming to Leiden she held a postdoctoral position at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (KNAW, Amsterdam).
In 2010, she received her PhD (with honors) from the University of Groningen.
Young Academy of Europe
The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy. The YAE is organized as a bottom-up initiative of a dynamic and innovative group of recognized European young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and science policy. We provide input and advice from a younger generation's perspective
Constitutive effects of indicators
History of scientific objectivity
Scholarly Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture.
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Established in 1981, it is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the fields of science and technology studies, the social analysis of innovation, and related areas of knowledge.
Society for the Social Studies of Science. Scholarly society. The main purpose is to bring together those interested in understanding science, technology, and medicine, including the way they develop and interact with their social contexts.