Peter van den Besselaar

Some recent pubications:

  • Peter van den Besselaar, Ulf Heyman, Ulf Sandstrom, Perverse effects of output-based research funding? Butler’s Australian case revisited. Journal of Informetrics; forthcoming.
  • Ulf Sandström & Peter van den Besselaar, Quantity and/or Quality? The Importance of Publishing Many Papers. PLoS ONE11(11): e0166149. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166149
  • Peter van Woensel, Dick de Gilder, Peter van den Besselaar, Peter Groenewegen, Managerial influence on attitude formation in organizations: how to manage emergence, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. Online first
  • Peter van den Besselaar, Ulf Sandström, Gender differences in research performance and in academic careers. Scientometrics (2016) 106:143–162
  • Peter van den Besselaar, Ulf Sandström, What is the required level of data cleaning? A research evaluation case, Journal of Scientometric Research 5 (2016) 1, 7-12.
  • Peter van den Besselaar, Ali Khalili, Al Koudous Idrissou, Stefan Schlobach, Frank van Harmelen, SMS: a linked open data infrastructure for science and innovation studies Ismael Rafols et al, Peripheries, Frontiers and Beyond; Proceedings STI, Valencia 2016.
  • Peter van den Besselaar, Predicting panel scores by linguistic analysis. Ismael Rafols et al, Peripheries, Frontiers and Beyond; Proceedings STI 2016, Valencia
  • Firmansyah David, Peter van der Sijde, Peter van den Besselaar, Entrepreneurial Incentives, Obstacles, and Management in University-Business Cooperation: The Case of Indonesia, in; Handbook of Research on Social Entrepreneurship and Solidarity Economics. IGI 2016

Full professor at the Vrije Universitei Amsterdam, Department of Organization Sciences and the Network Institute. My research focuses on the organization, governance and dynamics of science. Apart from that I am strongly interested in the use of computational methods and big data in social research. I also still do some research in the field of social informatics.

Between 1982 and 2002, I was at the University of Amsterdam, the department of social informatics, first as assistant professor and then as associate professor. In 2002, I moved to the Royal Netherland Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), where I was director of the social science data archive (Steinmetz Archive) until 2005, and research director and head of the department of Science System Assessment until 2010. I combined these positions with an endowed communication science chair at the University of Amsterdam (2004-2009), and endowed science policy research chair at the VU University (2009-2014).

I studied mechanical engineering (propedeuse, TU Eindhoven), mathematics (BSc, University Utrecht) and philosophy (MA with honors, University of Amsterdam). I have a PhD in informatics (Faculty of Psychology, University of Amsterdam)


Contact me at: p.a.a.vanden.besselaar AT vu DOT nl peter AT vandenbesselaar DOT net







PhD students

  • Dennis Beckers
  • Firmansyah David
  • Irene Sinteur
  • Al Idrissou
  • Bei Wen
  • Carolien Metselaar (2000)
  • Gaston Heimeriks (2005)
  • Anne-Marie Oostveen (2007)
  • Maaike Verbree (2011)
  • Thomas Gurney (2014)
  • Pleun van Arensbergen (2014)
  • Tjerk Wardenaar (2015)