Helen Buckley Woods

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow, RoRI

Helen joined RoRI in 2019, and in 2023 moved as part of RoRI’s core team to the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL). She is now a Senior Research Fellow in Metascience, and leads or co-leads a number of RoRI’s flagship projects.

Helen is a social scientist with a doctorate in higher education studies. Her thesis: Knowledge production and disciplinary practices in a British University: A qualitative cross-disciplinary case study explored researchers’ views about knowledge production, evaluation, and dissemination in British higher education. 

Before joining RoRI, Helen worked for ten years at Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) as an information scientist. At ScHARR she led information retrieval and data management activities for systematic reviews and evidence syntheses projects, commissioned by organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Department of Health and Social Care, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Her recent publications include:

Bendiscioli, Sandra; Firpo, Teo; Bravo-Biosca, Albert; Czibor, Eszter; Garfinkel, Michele; Stafford, Tom; et al. (2022). The experimental research funder’s handbook (Revised edition, June 2022, ISBN 978-1-7397102-0-0). Research on Research Institute

Kaltenbrunner W, Pinfield S, Waltman L, Woods H & Brumberg J (2022) Innovating peer review, reconfiguring scholarly communication : an analytical overview of ongoing peer review innovation activities. Journal of Documentation, 78(7), 429-449. 

Woods HB & Pinfield S (2022) Incentivising research data sharing : a scoping review. Wellcome Open Research, 6.