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09 JUNE 2015

Living with the H-Index: metric assemblages in the contemporary academy

"This paper examines the relationship between metrics, markets and affect in the contemporary UK academy. It argues that the emergence of a particular structure of feeling amongst academics in the last few years has been closely associated with the growth and development of ‘quantified control’. It examines the functioning of a range of metrics: citations; workload models; transparent costing data; research assessments; teaching quality assessments; and commercial university league tables. It argues that these metrics, and others, although still embedded within an audit culture, increasingly function autonomously as a data assemblage able not just to mimic markets but, increasingly, to enact them. It concludes by posing some questions about the possible implications of this for the future of academic practice."

(Roger Burrows, 2012)

Burrows, Roger (2012). "Living with the h-index: Metric assemblages in the contemporary academy". The Sociological Review, 60(2), pp. 355-372. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article] : Goldsmiths Research Online. Available at: http://research.gold.ac.uk/6560/

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2012academic identities • academic value • Aidan Kelly • analytic error • Anne Kerr • audit culture • bibliometric measures • bygone era • campus novel • citation-based measures of impact • economic criterion • Frank Parkin • Full Economic Costing (fEC) • Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO) • governmentality • h-index • higher education • incommensurable kinds of value • Key Information Set (KIS)knowledge economylaissez faire capitalismleague tables • magniloquence • managerialism • market economic imperatives • marketization of education • Mary Holmes • metricisationMichel Foucault • monetary value • neoliberal state • neoliberalism • Nick Gane • ordoliberalism • page rank • Paul Wakeling • professionalisation • proletarianisation • public sector • publish or perish • quantified control • quantified measurementquantitative analysis • quantitative criterion • RAEREFRoger Burrows • Ros Gill • Science Citation Index • Scopus • Simon Parker • university life • work stress • workload planning

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Simon Perkins
28 JANUARY 2012

Institute of International and European Affairs: Euro Crisis Infographic

"The IIEA is pleased to announce the publication of our latest infographic. The European Union's Response to the Euro Crisis details all of the EU's main policy responses to Europe's interlinked financial, economic and sovereign debt crisis and presents some further options that are under consideration."

(Institute of International and European Affairs, 27 January 2012)

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2012 • breakfast briefings • challengescharitable statuscompetitive advantage • corporate networking • crisis • decision makers • economic crisisEU policy agendasEuro crisisEuropeEuropean affairsfinancial crisis • forecasts • global financial crisis • global policy agendas • high-level analysis • IIEAindependentinfographicsinformation graphicsInstitute of International and European Affairs • International affairs • Ireland • keynote speeches • luncheons • new solutionsnew thinkingnot-for-profitpanel discussionspolicy agenda • policy options • private sectorpublic sectorresearch programme • roundtable discussions • seminars • think tank • thought-leaders • workshops

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Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2012

The Interactive Institute: Swedish experimental design research centre

"The Interactive Institute is a Swedish experimental IT & design research institute that conducts world–class applied research and innovation. With pioneering spirit and courage, we challenge prevailing norms in technology and design. Our process is based on people's future needs and potential with a vision to improve everyday life for a creative and sustainable society. The results are developed in close collaboration with industry and society.

We develop new research areas, concepts, products and services, and provide strategic advice to corporations and public organizations. Our results are communicated and exhibited worldwide and brought out to society through commissioned work, license agreements and spin–off companies.

Over the course of a decade, the Interactive Institute has established itself at the forefront of research and development in design, data visualization, sustainability and entertainment, positioning Sweden as a leading force in the lifestyle technology research sector. The Interactive Institute has worked systematically to identify new research fields and to create pioneering projects within these with great potential for innovation. The projects have given rise to larger research programs and funding initiatives that not only have created renewal within Swedish research, but also played an important part for Swedish industry, regional development and the image of Sweden as an innovative nation.

Since the start in 1998, our work has been characterized not only in the way we conduct traditional academic research but also in our exploration of the borders between art, design and technology in industrial and academic settings as well as public and private sectors. With our expertise, we bring an innovative edge into policy work, we connect stakeholders for extraordinary synergies, we bring renewal to traditional industry and we add context and involvement to the processes we are involved in. In bringing together our knowledge of business and creative values with world–class research results, we offer a unique set of skills to the Swedish research and innovation sector in the international arena.

The Interactive Institute has 50 employees per December 2010, and is organized around studios localized in Piteå, Umeå, Stockholm, Eskilstuna, Norrköping and Gothenburg. The headquarters is situated in Stockholm/Kista. The Interactive Institute is a non profit distributing organization."

(The Interactive Institute)

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1998applied research • art design and technology • collaboration with industry • data visualisationdesign • distributing organisation • everyday lifeexperimentalfuture needsHCIinnovation • IT and design • lifestyle technology research • new research areas • new research fields • non profit • pioneering projects • private sectorproducts and servicespublic sectorregional developmentresearch and developmentresearch centreresearch institutespin-off companies • strategic advice • sustainabilitysustainable societySwedentechnology and design • The Interactive Institute

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Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2010

UKFunders: online database of sources of funding and finance

"UKFunders is an online database of sources of funding and finance for businesses and commercialisation projects. It incorporates almost a thousand sources of funding from both public and private sector [UK] funders and covers grants, equity investment and loans from £100 – £10m."

(UKFunders Ltd.)

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businesscommercialisation projectsdatabaseenterprise • equity investment • financefundfundingfunding sources • grants • loan • new business opportunitiesnew venturesprivate sectorprojectpublic sectorUK • UKFunders

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Simon Perkins
13 APRIL 2010

Design in the knowledge economy 2020

"By 2020 the UK must create a balanced and sustainable knowledge economy with design as a critical and central part. There is no other option. ...

In 2010, as we emerge from one of the most severe economic crises of the last century, it is clear that the balance of the economy must change. The country, brutally, is going to have to work and innovate to make its living. There are no more easy pickings off the back of a credit boom. Britain is going to self–consciously create a national innovation ecosystem to drive new growth sectors and companies – and design must be a critical part of that effort. Successful companies will be those which develop innovative products and processes, so creating new markets and reputations for themselves.

New ways of intervening have to be found. Public spending commitments or tax concessions – the traditional ways of achieving public policy goals – are going to be extremely constrained by the necessity to reduce Britain's budgetary deficit. The quest is on for policy levers that can deliver changed behaviour as effectively but more cheaply. ...

Design is the bridge between the consumer questing for the experiential and the company trying to meet that appetite with an offer that presents the new in a user–friendly and innovative way."

(Design Council, UK)

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200720102020advertisingBBCboundariesBritainchangeconstructionDesign Council (UK)digitisationeconomic growtheconomyemployment • employment growth • financial servicesGPS • growth • information and communication technologiesinnovationinvestmentiPadiPhoneiPlayeriPod • knowledge based industry • knowledge economy • knowledge intensive worker • knowledge-intensive industries • miniaturisation • Northern Rock • OECDprofessional skillspropertypublic sector • recovery • robotisation • September 2007 • transformationUK • value-added

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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