Research Evaluation Working Group

At the 2018 INORMS conference, the incoming Chair of INORMS, Steph Bales, announced the establishment of two new working groups. One was around public engagement and impact, and the other around research evaluation and metrics. Dr Elizabeth Gadd, the Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK, was invited to chair the research evaluation and metrics working group. The aim of the group is to develop a joint programme of work and share experiences and best practice with a view to ensuring research evaluation is meaningful, responsible and effective. Group members representing the research management societies that make up INORMS will meet (virtually!) to establish relevant priorities and work-packages. They will report back on their activities through international conferences, national research management society communication channels and a discussion list set up to disseminate information about the project and solicit input and feedback. If you would like to join the Working Group please contact Elizabeth in the first instance.  If you would like to join the wider network please subscribe to the INORMS-RES-EVAL discussion list.


Dr Elizabeth Gadd

Research Policy Manager, Loughborough University, UK

Elizabeth is the Champion of the UK’s Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Research Evaluation Special Interest Group (SIG).  She founded and chairs the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum and The Bibliomagician blog.  She has a PhD in copyright and scholarly communication and does research into, publishes, blogs and speaks on, topics relating to research evaluation, bibliometrics, rights issues and open access. By day she works as the Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK!


Aline Pacifico Rodrigues

Manager, Research Support Office, Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Hospital Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil

Aline Pacifico holds a degree in Public Relations and a MBA degree in Strategic and Economic Management of Projects. She has been working for 16 years in the field of Research Administration in Healthcare Systems and Hospitals. Within this time she has been specialized in Pre-Award and Post-Award Administration, Assessing Research Performance and Structuring and Leading Research Support Offices. Today, she is Manager for the Research Support Office of Albert Einstein Jewish Institute for Education and Research.

Aline is also President of the Brazilian Research Administration and Management Association (BRAMA), organization founded in 2013 to enhance the professionalism of research manager within Brazilian universities, research institutes, funding agencies and other institutions which exercise the management of science, technology and innovation. She is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International) and holds a member representative role at International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS).

Dr Karina McInnis

Executive Director University Research Services, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

Laura Himanen

Research Specialist, Tampere University, Finland

Laura is a Research Specialist working at the Research Development Services Unit at Tampere University. She is involved in the development, monitoring and reporting of research-related activities in accordance with the University’s strategy. To date, she’s been the project manager for three research assessment exercises, she chairs the Finnish working group for unifying the universities’ data submissions to international rankings and is an active member of the Finnish network for research support and administration (TUHA). Laura’s expertise is in knowledge-based strategic planning. She is very familiar with different indicators of scientific productivity as well as methodologies of research assessment and university rankings.

Justin Shearer

Manager, Research and Industry, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Patricia Smit

Research Innovation and Partnerships, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

Patricia is a higher education specialist with a passion for people development, especially academics at the beginning of their careers. She joined the research management fraternity about a decade ago after an earlier career in the development field. From that background, social justice frames her practice. She recently joined the Research Directorate of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as training manager and look forward to developing a few new initiatives, also in a regional context. She holds a PhD from the University of London (Institute of Education, now UCL IoE) and is a SARIMA Committee member.

Tanja Strom

Senior Advisor, Department for Research and Development, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

The group is currently being formed and representatives from all INORMS organisations are invited to join and help develop this important agenda. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Elizabeth directly at

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