- Professor Catherine Lyall
- Professor of Science and Public Policy; Head of Science, Technology & Innovation Studies
- G.39 Old Surgeons' Hall High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
- +44 (0)131 650 2452
- Research Interests
- Policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation, The promotion and management of interdisciplinary research, Research evaluation and the assessment of research impact
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Mondays 1-2 pm during Semester 1; other times by appointment.
I have a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex. I completed a PhD on the impact of Scottish devolution on the policy-making process for science and innovation while working at the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the university, I worked for the UK civil service and held posts with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
I am an experienced science policy researcher and evaluator of knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary research activities. I have acted as a consultant to a number of public bodies including the ESRC, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Scottish Executive, European Commission, and the League of European Research Universities. I was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the University of Copenhagen’s Governing Obesity project (2014-2016) and in 2017 was a member of an international review panel at Aarhus University. I have been a member of the steering groups of the Edinburgh Beltane for Public Engagement and the Academy of Government and a past chair of the Scottish Funding Council’s Knowledge into Public Policy Action Group.
I am currently on the editorial board for the journal Science and Public Policy and a member of the Management Committee for EU COST action INTREPID (Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles). I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
I have previously served as Deputy Director for both the ESRC Innogen Centre (2007-2012) and the ESRC Genomics Forum (2012-2013) and was Associate Dean Research Careers in the College of Humanities and Social Science for three years from January 2011 during which time I served on the Senate Researcher Experience Committee; the University Equality and Diversity Committee; and the College Research Committee. I have experience as both an internal and external PhD examiner.
Research & Teaching
My research seeks to advance an understanding of problems of science and technology policy formation and strategic decision-making by adopting interdisciplinary and practitioner-based perspectives. My research and professional interests span:
- policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation and knowledge systems (see, for example, this short briefing note which summarises the findings from our SFC-funded cultured blood project)
- the management and evaluation of interdisciplinary research - see, for example, recent project for the HEA and wiki
- research evaluation and the assessment of research impact
I am Course Organiser for Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection (PGSP11016)
I also lecture on Research Design (PGSP11208)
My publications include Interdisciplinary Research Journeys (with Ann Bruce, Joyce Tait and Laura Meagher, Bloomsbury Academic, 2011 - paperback edition 2015) and The Limits to Governance: The Challenges of Policy Making for the New Life Sciences (edited with Theo Papaioannou and James Smith, Ashgate, 2009; paperback 2016). In 2013 I co-edited a special section of the journal Science and Public Policy with Isabel Fletcher on Investing in Interdisciplinarity and a special edition of Evidence & Policy with Christine Knight on Knowledge brokers: the role of intermediaries in producing research impact.
My ORCID identifier is 0000-0002-4814-7357
- Eun Sun Kim: Facilitating Innovation in SMEs: The Case of a Public Intermediary in South Korea (PhD 2015)
- Chihwei Yeh: Science Policy after the Discovery of the Higgs Boson (PhD Year 3)
- Justyna Bandola-Gill: Assessing the Knowledge Brokerage Role of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum (PhD Year 2)
Topics interested in supervising
I am broadly interested in the policy-making process for issues related to the governance of science, technology and innovation; the promotion and management of interdisciplinary research; and research evaluation and the assessment of research impact. I would be happy to discuss supervising in any of the following topics: Science and public policy; Research policy; Research impact; Knowledge exchange; Knowledge brokerage; The practice of interdisciplinarity; Theorising the integrative method.
If you are interested in being supervised by Catherine Lyall, please see the links below for more information: