The dynamics of disciplines and the composition of research portfolios: from meteorology to avian flu

Matthew Wallace
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 12:00

In this presentation, I will discuss some quantitative and qualitative approaches to examining given fields of research in a national or international context. Specifically, I will argue for a history and sociology of science which combines analyses of social and cognitive structures by using disciplines, specializations and portfolios as units of analysis. I will refer the example of atmospheric science in Canada to illustrate how one can understand the emergence and dynamics of a discipline on a national scale. Similarly, I will propose a new approach to examining research portfolios using the example of avian influenza. In both cases, qualitative research methods should be used to complement and critically assess quantitative data.


Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia | Camino de Vera s/n

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