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Dr Richard Watermeyer 


Dr Richard Watermeyer
Position:Science Policy Research Analyst (seconded to the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales)
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75446
Extension:75446
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Address:10 Museum Place

Qualifications

Richard is currently seconded to the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales as a Science Policy Research Analyst, where he is leading research responding to the policy priorities of the Science for Wales and Innovation Wales strategies.  Research is focused on: 1) academics’ strategy in exploiting the economic and social impact of their research, specifically in science domains; 2) STEM careers guidance as an emergent professional prioritization for secondary science teachers and the interface if this with ITT, teachers’ CPD and science enrichment/engagement activity within less outwith formal educational contexts.

Richard previously held the position of Research Fellow in Impact and Engagement in Science and Technology at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) within SOCSI. His work lies at the intersection of science technology studies (STS) and educational sociology. In these domains he has specific interests in: 1) public engagement in science and technology; scientific citizenship; science policy and governance; science communication; and STEM education 2) higher education (HE) studies – issues of HE marketization, globalization, academic identity; HE governance and policy; and HE performance assessment Richard has broad expertise as an evaluator of public consultation, dialogue and engagement activities, especially those focused on controversial and emergent science and technology with policy: regulative and legislative, implications. Most recently he has led evaluations of the HFEA’s pan-UK public consultation into the avoidance of mitochondrial disease; the HRA’s public and patient engagement project into medical research ethics and research governance; and the BIS funded horizon-scanning project into science and technology policy priorities. He was also the evaluator for the Wales Beacon for Public Engagement. He is currently co-evaluator (with Dr Gene Rowe) of a European Commission funded public-consultation on urban waste-management – ‘VOICES’ – engaging 1000 citizens across 27 European countries in 33 locations. Richard also directs a research and evaluation consultancy focused on process and impact evaluation: impact reconnaissance and auditing, with a special investment in developing new methods for research impact conceptualisation, implementation, capture and exploitation and in addressing the evidence needs of impact case-studies in the context of the Research Excellence Framework.

Research Interests

1) higher education (HE) studies – issues of HE marketization, globalization, academic identity; HE governance and policy; and HE performance assessment with a special focus on impact in the REF

2) public engagement in science and technology; scientific citizenship; science policy and governance; science communication; and STEM education