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Where is Science Going?

Research Governance and Scientific Impact in Asia

About the Project

The aim of this project is to inquire into the scientific investments made in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore over the last decade (2000-2015), asking how their scientific profiles have evolved in terms of national and international collaboration, renewal and composition of the research cadre, institutional publication and impact patterns. This will in turn be related to the institutional configurations of research governance in the countries. On the basis of this research, we will be able to portray a coherent picture of the evolution of research in these countries and how their research governance model(s) are evolving. We will also be able to shed light on the linkages between these research systems and those of European and North American countries, including whether they represent attractive collaborate nodes in the multipolar research system and how collaborative models with them could and should be devised. We will also examine the degree to which funding and governance models in the identified countries nurture transformative research. Does the increased productivity of research in these countries match their long-term impact, and if this is the case can we define a “transformative index”?

Funding agency: Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse

Duration: 2015-2020