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Prof.dr. P.A.A. van den Besselaar

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 85376
  • Room nr:n-328
  • E-mail:p.a.a.vanden.besselaar@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der sociale wetenschappen (afdeling organisatiewetenschappen)
  • Position:Professor - endowed chair


Monday to Friday


  • Scientometrics;
  • Organization and dynamics of science and innovation;
  • The role of information technology and media in organizations;
  • E-social science.


  • Modeling and measuring the dynamics of science. The emergence, growth, and maturing of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research fields. 
  • Organization and management of research groups and research organizations.
  • Effects of agenda setting mechanisms, funding instruments and evaluation systems on research.
  • Measuring scholarly and societal quality and impact of research through interaction networks. 
  • Vibrant: social and organizational dimensions of research infrastructures.
  • ICT, organizing and social change.
  • Indicators for internationalization of science.


  • Ondernemerschap en innovatie (Entrepreneurship and innovation)
  • MSc Thesis


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

Supervision PhD students:

  • Organization and management of research groups (Maaike Verbree; November 17, 2011)
  • Mechanisms of knowledge transfer (Thomas Gurney; January 22, 2014)
  • ICT and local communities (Dennis Beckers; to be finished in 2014)
  • Decision making in research funding and careers (Pleun van Arensbergen; to be finished in 2014)
  • The dynamics of large transdisciplinary research programs (Tjerk Wardenaar; to be finished in 2014)
  • Knowledge transfer between universities and companies in Indonesia (Firmansyah David, 2012-2015) - with dr Peter van den Sijde
  • Zelfsturing en configuraties van macht (Irene Sinteur; 2014-2017) - with prof. em. M. Mulder

further information

Other information and the full text of most of my publications can be found on my homepage www.vandenbesselaar.net.

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