Peter van den Besselaar

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Full professor at the VU University Amsterdam (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).

December 2015: Blog over het glazen plafond in de wetenschap.

April 2014: Start FP7-ERC funded project GendERC on gender bias in research grant allocation

January 2014: Start FP7 project RISIS - research infrastructure for science and innovation studies



Contact me at:

p.a.a.vanden.besselaar AT vu DOT nl

peter AT vandenbesselaar DOT net

January 2014: Start FP7 project Synthesys3 - Synthesys of Systematic Resources




PhD students

  • Dennis Beckers
  • Firmansyah David
  • Irene Sinteur
  • Al Idrissou
  • Bei Wen


Former PhD students

  • Carolien Metselaar (2000)
  • Gaston Heimeriks (2005)
  • Anne-Marie Oostveen (2007)
  • Maaike Verbree (2011)
  • Thomas Gurney (2014)
  • Pleun van Arensbergen (2014)
  • Tjerk Wardenaar (2015)