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Research Profile

Dr Robert Evans 

Career Profile

I joined the Cardiff School of Social Sciences as a lecturer in January 1998. Prior to that, I was a PhD student in the Science Studies Centre at Bath University and a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Urban Technology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Since joining Cardiff I have worked on a number of research projects, including: the ESRC funded Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (cesagen); the qualitative research methods node (QUALITI), funded as part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). I have also held smaller grants from the ESRC and the British Academy.

My current research focuses on developing the Studies of Expertise and Experience approach within STS. The foundational paper – ‘The Third Wave of Science Studies’ – was published in 2002 and has now been cited over 1000 times. The ideas set out in this paper have led to a more complete typology of expertises, published in Rethinking Expertise, an annual workshop known SEESHOP, and a brand new research method called the Imitation Game. Development of the Imitation Game is currently funded by a five year European Research Council Advanced Research grant awarded to Professor Harry Collins and involves collaboration with universities across Europe and in South Africa.

In addition to these research interests, I continue to contribute to teaching in research methods and science and technology studies. I am also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Social Sciences.

Further information on current research and publications are available on my personal website.

Awards and Prizes

  • Key Note Speaker, ‘Talking Biotechnology’ Conference, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Book Reviews Editor, Social Studies of Science;
  • Organiser, with Professor Simon Marvin (SURF Centre), of the ‘Urban Science: Re-Negotiating the Boundaries between Science, Technology and Society?’ workshop in Jan 2005 and funded by the European Science Foundation as part of their ‘Forward Look’;
  • Organiser, with Professor Harry Collins, of the Demarcation Socialised Conference held at Cardiff University in August 2000 and funded by the European Union.

Memberships / External Activities

  • Editorial Board Member: Social Studies of Science; Methodological Innovations Online
  • Member of: Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Referee for journals including SSS, ST&HV, PUS, AJS, ASR, Minerva and BJS; for grant awarding bodies including ESRC, NSF and Research Council of Norway
  • Fellow of ILT, now Higher Education Academy, since 2003

Teaching Profile

Undergraduate and postgraduate

  •    Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  •    Research Design for Masters and Professional Doctorate schemes
  •    Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Supervision (PhD and Professional Doctorate)

  •    Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  •    Science and Technology Studies
  •    Public Understanding of Science
  •    Science and/or technology in policy