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Ben Martin

Research Associate

Professor Ben Martin studied physics as an undergraduate at Cambridge and science policy as a postgraduate at Manchester. He has carried out research for 40 years in the field of science policy, serving as the Principal Investigator or Project Leader on over 50 research projects and commissioned studies. These have been mostly concerned with the development of techniques for generating systematic information to aid decision-making in relation to science, engineering and technology.

Among the areas in which he has made a contribution are:

  • the first evaluation of ‘big science’ facilities using ‘converging partial indicators’
  • assessments of research performance in ‘small science’ and engineering
  • evaluation of technological ‘spin-offs’ and training benefits from research
  • analysis of position of women in science and factors affecting career development
  • appraisal of impact of strategic and applied research government programmes
  • evaluation of government support mechanisms for research
  • assessment of national research performance, especially the UK’s performance
  • some of the first studies of foresight in science and technology
  • production of first truly comparable international statistics on government funding of academic and related research; comparison of  research inputs and outputs
  • analysis of the factors determining research performance (e.g. economies of scale)
  • different approaches to university research assessment, and use of indicators
  • analysis of links between science and technology
  • nature of research collaboration
  • identifying users (and their long-term research needs) for environmental sciences
  • economic benefits of publicly funded research and rationale for public funding
  • evolving links between university departments and industry
  • changing national research systems
  • impact of social science research on non-academic audiences
  • impact of the Culyer changes on R&D in the NHS
  • changing ‘social contract’ between universities/research and the state
  • analysis of ‘creative knowledge environments’
  • assessment of research in the social sciences and arts & humanities
  • the evolution of science policy and innovation studies
  • research integrity

Contact details

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Room 363, Jubilee Building
University of Sussex

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 873562
Fax: +44 (0) 1273 685865

View Ben Martin’s full profile on the University of Sussex website