Meet the people behind the RoRI initiative
James Wilsdon
Director, RoRI
Digital Science Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield
ORCID iD 0000-0002-5395-5949
Twitter @jameswilsdon
An interdisciplinary social scientist, James Wilsdon works on the politics and governance of research. Over his career, in addition to academic posts at the universities of Sheffield, Sussex and Lancaster, he has worked in think tanks and as director of science policy for the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science.


Chonnettia Jones
Co-Chair, RoRI
Director of Insight and Analysis,
Wellcome Trust
ORCID iD 0000-0003-3430-8110
Twitter @chonnettia
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chonnettia provides strategic leadership to maximize the impact of the achievements and opportunities that arise from Wellcome's funded research and strategic initiatives. Chonnettia has more than twenty years of experience in science research, strategy and evaluation.
Sarah de Rijcke
Co-Chair, RoRI
Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies and Director of CWTS
ORCID iD 0000-0003-4652-0362
Twitter @sarahderijcke
Sarah is Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies and Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. Sarah also leads the Science and Evaluation Studies research group at CWTS. Her research interests include academic valuation and evaluation processes, changing research cultures, knowledge infrastructures, and roles of research in and for society.
Daniel Hook
Co-Chair, RoRI
CEO, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0001-9746-1193
Twitter @danielintheory
Daniel is CEO at Digital Science and has held many positions within Digital Science since joining the business as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science's first portfolio companies. Daniel has a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London and continues to play an active role in theoretical physics research.
Katy Alexander
Global Director of Marketing and Communications, Digital Science
Twitter @kla2010
Katy is a strategic marcomms professional and tech start-up founder with over 15 years of experience working for some of the world's leading scientific and technology organisations. Katy also creates games that aim to provide children with a more diverse range of STEM role models.
Jonathan Best
Insight Manager Research and Analysis, Wellcome Trust

Jonathan oversees the research and analysis projects undertaken by the Wellcome Trust's Insight & Analysis team to ensure that decisions made by Wellcome are clear, supported and informed by data & evidence. He is the lead for Wellcome's Research on Research programme and has over twenty years of research experience spanning the academic, industry and funding sector.
Helen Buckley Woods
Postdoctoral Research Associate, RoRI
Information School, University of Sheffield
ORCID iD 0000-0002-0653-9803
Twitter @HelenBWoods
Helen is a social scientist with a background in library and information science, and has a doctorate in higher education studies focusing on the increased demands for instrumental research and knowledge dissemination in UK universities. Her experience at Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research has focused on information retrieval and evidence synthesis.
Hunter Blanks
Senior Data Engineer, Wellcome Trust
Twitter @tildehblanks
Hunter is a senior data engineer in Wellcome Data Labs, where he oversees the development of data products and infrastructure which help Wellcome and other organizations better understand research funding and its impact in the world.
Anne-Marie Coriat
Head of UK & Europe Research Landscape, Wellcome Trust
ORCID 0000-0003-2632-1745
Anne-Marie is Head of Research Landscape at Wellcome. She has over 20 years' experience working across research funders in planning, policy, operational delivery and research funding. She leads for Wellcome on supporting an environment in which research can flourish. She has a particular focus on research quality / rigour and developing a more positive culture for careers in research.
Alasdair Cowie-Fraser
Head of Digital Delivery, Wellcome Trust
Twitter @alasdaircf
Alasdair is Head of Digital at the Wellcome. Al heads up a team of software engineers, user researchers, designers and delivery managers who build technology for Wellcome. Al's team develop products that play a key role in what Wellcome does, whether it's funding, policy and advocacy, public engagement, education, impact and productivity.
Adam Dinsmore
Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust
ORCID iD 0000-0002-3314-7944
Twitter @apDinsmore
Adam Dinsmore is a Programme Manager within the Wellcome Trust's Research On Research programme. Adam manages the delivery of core research projects undertaken by RoRI and ensures strategic coordination between RoRI's strategic partners.
Hélène Draux
Research Data Scientist, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0001-8837-168X
Hélène is a Research Data Scientist at Digital Science. She has notably worked on Topic Modelling processes for grant and publications analyses, interactive visualisations for better exploration, and used bibliometrics to assess Open Access' publication strength. She was lead author and contributor to the Gender analysis and visualisation work carried out recently.
Dawn Duhaney
Product Manager, Wellcome Trust
Dawn is Product Manager at the Wellcome Data Labs team. Her focus is on building funding related data products that support Wellcome and the wider research community. Before Wellcome Dawn worked in the tech sector with governments, consultancies and international organisations for over five years.


Julia Giddings
Head of Brand, Digital Science
Julia is Head of Brand at Digital Science and has an extensive background in digital marketing in both the consumer and business sectors, having worked across a variety of industries from travel to property to scientific research.
Christian Herzog
Associate Director, RoRI
Chief Portfolio Officer, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0002-9983-0033
Twitter @ChrisTHerzog

Christian Herzog is the CEO of Dimensions, Co-Founder and MD of ÜberResearch, and the Chief Portfolio Officer at Digital Science. A medical doctor by training he worked at Elsevier when they acquired Collexis, a start-up focused on solutions for academic customers and funding bodies, and served as Executive VP and MD for Collexis.
Richard Jones
Associate Director, RoRI
Professor of Physics, University of Sheffield
ORCID iD 0000-0001-5400-6369
Twitter @RichardALJones
Richard is the author of more than 190 research papers, and three books. He was PVC for Research and Innovation at Sheffield, and was a council member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He chairs Research England's Technical Advisory Group for the Knowledge Exchange Framework.


Stacy Konkiel
Director of Research Relations, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0002-0546-8257
Stacy coordinates our efforts and external relationships with the scientometrics community. Her research interests include incentives systems in academia and informetrics, and Stacy has written and presented widely about altmetrics, Open Science, and library services. Previously, Stacy worked with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University & PLOS.
Suze Kundu
Head of Public Engagement, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0002-0203-1674
Twitter @FunSizeSuze
Suze is Head of Public Engagement at Digital Science, supporting their thought leadership by connecting with the many communities within the research landscape. Suze has a PhD in nanochemistry and spent six years as an academic. Suze is an award-winning science communicator and experienced writer and presenter, regularly appearing on TV and radio.
Danil Mikhailov
Associate Director, RoRI
Head of Wellcome Data Labs, Wellcome Trust
ORCID iD 0000-0003-2065-0791
Twitter @MikhailovDanil
Danil set up Wellcome Data Labs, an R&D team blending technology and data science to help inform decision-making at Wellcome and understand the reach and impact of Wellcome's funding of science. Danil also serves as Tech Lead on the development phase of the Data for Science and Health Priority Area, looking to unblock the application of technological innovation to health data.


Stephen Pinfield
Associate Director, RoRI
Professor of Information Services Management, University of Sheffield
ORCID iD 0000-0003-4696-764X
Twitter @StephenPinfield
Stephen works at the intersection between technology deployment, organisational policy development, and cultural practices, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He also works at the interface between research and practice, an approach informed by his practitioner experience as an information professional.


Ismael Rafols
Research Fellow, CWTS
ORCID iD 0000-0002-6527-7778
Twitter @IsmaelRafols
Ismael Rafols is a science policy analyst at Ingenio (CSIC-UPV, Universitat Politènica de València), visiting professor at CWTS (University of Leiden) and adjunt faculty at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex). He develops more plural S&T indicators for informing evaluation, funding and research strategies.
Matthew Thakur
Senior Insight Research Analyst, Wellcome Trust
Matt is a lead analyst in the Careers stream of Wellcome's Research on Research programme. Matt has over a decade of research experience spanning the academic, industry, strategy and evaluation sectors.
Ludo Waltman
Associate Director, RoRI
Professor of Quantitative Science Studies and Deputy Director of CWTS
ORCID iD 0000-0001-8249-1752
Twitter @LudoWaltman
Ludo is Professor of Quantitative Science Studies and deputy director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. Ludo's research group focuses on the use of scientometric methods to address problems in research management and science policy.
Juergen Wastl
Associate Director, RoRI
Director of Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science
ORCID iD 0000-0001-7757-8001
Twitter @juergen_wastl
Juergen leads the Digital Science consultancy portfolio, supporting research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions. A Molecular Biologist & Biochemist by training, Juergen has held roles in project management and research strategy in Industry and Higher Education.
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