I am a science and technology policy analyst at Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), a visiting fellow at SPRU (Univ. Sussex) (where I was from 2004 to 2012), and a research associate at the OST (HCERES, Paris). I work on the assessment of science and technology, studying both how research is evaluated and how evaluations may influence science and technology.

I am interested in opening up new perspectives for visualising diverse scientific contributions, in particular those which tend to be neglected by conventional quantitative assessment. For this purpose, I develop methods to map and measure interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and societal contributions of science (the so-called "impact" agenda). In particular, I am working on visualisations that help interrogate the research landscapes or portfolios of grand challenges such as bird flu or obesity, or the knowledge base of funding agencies and organisations such as universities or pharmaceutical firms.

I serve as Editorial Advisor in the journals Research EvaluationScientometricsJournal of Informetrics, PeerJ Computer Science, and Journal of Policy and Complex Systems, and participate in the conference committees of science policy conferences such as Atlanta Science Policy, ENID or Eu-SPRI. I have led projects for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, ~€0.5M), US National Science Foundation (with A. Porter, ~$800k), and have been awarded the fellowships Marie Curie (EC, IntraEuropean, 2006-08, and Integration, 2013-2017), Ramón y Cajal (Spain, 2012-2017) and Monbukagakusho (Japan, 1995-2001). I am part of  Ingenio's Evaluation and Medical Innovation groups.

I have conducted consultancies for Technopolis (EC project on Monitoring of Responsible Research and Innovation), the UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Protection (Nanomaterials governance), SRI (Measuring interdisciplinarity), the OECD Working Party of Nanotechnologies (Mapping the knowledge base) and JETRO (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI; Policies for biotechnology in Europe).

I received an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU (Sussex, 2006), a BSc in Physics from the Univ. Barcelona (1993), a PhD in biophysics from Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan, 2001) and a postdoctoral in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University. In between academic positions, I have worked on international cooperation in Oxfam (1994) and the City Council of Barcelona (2003-04).

All my publications are available via green open access as shown in Google Scholar's profile. Full CV.

Awards

2015

  1. Diana Hicks, Paul Wouters, Ludo Waltman, Sarah de Rijcke & Ismael Rafols
    Nature,
    Vol: 520 - pags 429 - 431
  2. Matthew L. Wallace and Ismael Rafols
    Minerva,
    Vol: 53 - pags 89 - 115
  3. Alfredo Yegros-Yegros; Ismael Rafols; Pablo D’Este
    Plos One,
    Vol: 10 - pags 1 - 21

2014

  1. Rafols, I.; Hopkins, M.M.; Hoekman, J.; Siepel, J.; O'Hare, A.; Perianes-Rodríguez, A.; Nightingale, P.
    Technological Forecasting and Social Change,
    Vol: 81 - pags 22 - 38
  2. Diego Chavarro, Puay Tang, and Ismael Rafols
    Research Evaluation,
    Vol: 23 - pags 195 - 209
  3. Jordi Molas-Gallart, Ismael Rafols, Puay Tang
    Journal of Science Policy and Research Management,
    Vol: 29 - pags 69 - 89

2012

  1. Rafols, I., Leydesdorff, L., O’Hare, A., Nightingale, P. and Stirling, A.
    Research Policy,
    Vol: - pags -

2010

  1.   Towards an alternative framework for the evaluation of translational research initiatives
    2014-03
    Jordi Molas-Gallart, Pablo D’Este, Óscar Llopis and Ismael Rafols

2015

2014

2013

2010