Paul F. Wouters

Paul Wouters is scientific director of the Erasmus Studio, and holds a professorship at the EUR Faculty of Social Sciences. He is interested in the design and analysis of new scholarly practices in the humanities and social sciences.

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Paul Wouters (1951) is scientific director of the Erasmus Studio. He holds a professorship in the Dynamics of Knowledge with the EUR Faculty of Social Sciences. He is also programme leader of the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, an institute of the KNAW and Visiting Professor of Cybermetrics at the University of Wolverhampton.

Paul Wouters is particularly interested in the design and analysis of new scholarly practices in the humanities and social sciences. Can we create novel forms of knowledge by making smarter use of information and information technologies, and how has this interaction been in the past? Paul has written on the history of the Science Citation Index and its impact on the standards of quality in academic work. Presently, he focuses on e-research in the humanities and social sciences.

Wouters was coordinator of the Dutch Graduate School Wetenschap, Techniek en Moderne Cultuur together with Annemiek Nelis from 2001 until 2005, and has lectured at the University of Amsterdam from 1991 onwards. From 1986 until 2006 he also worked as (science) journalist for a variety of newspapers and journals.

Positions held at the OII

  • NCeSS Visiting Research Fellow, May - June 2009

Publications

Articles

Books

  • Wouters, P.F. (2008) Dolend dromen van het wereldbrein. Rotterdam: Erasmus Universiteit.

Chapters

Presentations

  • Wouters, P.F. (2008) Author meets Critics: The nuclear borderlands. The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. Acting with science, technology and medicine. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S), Rotterdam, 20-23 August 2008.
  • Vann, K., Anderson, M. and Wouters, P.F. (2008) Hydrous: STS and the Arts Read Contemporary Shifts in Water Governance. Acting with science, technology and medicine. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S), Rotterdam, 20-23 August 2008.
  • Tatum, C. and Wouters, P.F. (2008) Urban Native, Digital City - Interdisciplinary e-Research. Acting with science, technology and medicine. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S), Rotterdam, 20-23 August 2008.
  • Wouters, P.F. (2007) Some Questions on Qualitative Methods in large-scale e-Social Science. Pre-conference workshop: Understanding Infrastructure: dynamics, tensions, design, and data. Third International Conference on e-Social Science: Ann Arbor, Michigan, IL, 7-9 October 2007.
  • Wouters, P.F. (2007) Conservative culture or diverging identities? Studying resistance to technology in academia. Third International Conference on e-Social Science: Ann Arbor, Michigan, IL, 7-9 October 2007.
  • Wouters, P.F. (2007) Changing Practices, Telling Stories, Building Tools in eresearch. Session STS and Information Studies I: Cyberinfrastructure / e-Science. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Montreal, Canada, 10-13 October 2007.
  • Wouters, P.F. (2007) Science and Technology Studies views of e-social science (panel). Third International Conference on e-Social Science: Ann Arbor, Michigan, IL, 7-9 October 2007.

Working papers

  • Scharnhorst, A. and Wouters, P.F. (2008) Opinion - The other grids: generating variety. The International Science Grid This Week.
  • Wouters, P.F. (2007) Tibor Braun: A Gate Keeper of European Scientometrics. ISSI newsletter 3: 83-84.