Living with the h Index?

Speaker: Prof Roger Burrows # Goldsmiths, University of London

21st Jan 2013

15:00 - 16:30

Seminar Room, OId Surgeons' Hall

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between metrics, markets and affect in the contemporary UK academy. It argues that the emergence of a particular structure of feeling amongst academics in the last few years has been closely associated with the growth and development of ‘quantified control’. It examines the functioning of a range of metrics: citations; workload models; transparent costing data; research assessments; teaching quality assessments; and commercial university league tables. It argues that these metrics, and others, although still embedded within an audit culture, increasingly function autonomously as a data assemblage able not just to mimic markets but, increasingly, to enact them. It concludes by posing some questions about the possible implications of this for the future of academic practice.

Speaker biography: Roger Burrows is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has an academic background in sociology, social policy and urban studies, and has made extensive use of quantitative methods in his work. His current research interests are in urban sociology, social media, the social life of methods, and the public life of data.