Today we’d like to further introduce one of our keynote speakers at National PhD Day 2016:
Dr. Sarah de Rijcke, associate professor and deputy director at the Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden. Before coming to Leiden she held a postdoctoral position at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (KNAW, Amsterdam). In 2010, she received her PhD (with honors) from the University of Groningen. As of June of this year, she is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe.
Her research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the (micro-) politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding on how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications).
Sarah, what was the best advice ever given to you?
Best advice: Be generous. This is something I learned by observing senior colleagues whom I admired while doing my PhD. They followed their curiosity and drive, and generously shared their knowledge and experience with me and other early-stage researchers. As I progressed on the career ladder I increasingly realized how important it is to set such an example in a system that inadvertently stimulates careerism.
How did you take charge of your career?
I took charge of my career in two ways: 1) I always choose collaborators carefully, not only on the basis of their scholarly skills, but also on their trustworthiness and whether liked them as a person. This has been very rewarding intellectually and socially. And 2) I tend to conveniently ‘forget’ that there is gender bias in academia and think it is absolutely normal to ‘lean in’, to use Sheryl Sandberg’s term.