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Kate Williams

Kate Williams is an Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellow as well as a Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College.

Kate’s research focuses on knowledge production, use and evaluation in policy contexts. Her current work examines the institutional effects of new technologies of research impact measurement, namely alternative metrics of research impact ('altmetrics'). Utilising a combination of network analysis and ethnography, the project will be a novel sociological study on the use and effects of altmetrics in multilateral institutions. This research is supported by an Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leader Grant, the Isaac Newton Trust and Lucy Cavendish College.

Kate’s previous research considered policy knowledge production in diverse research contexts, including university departments, think tanks and government agencies. Her research reframed the field of development research as an interstitial and transnational ‘space of social relationships’ between the media, politics, business and academia, and reconceptualised research contexts as negotiated sites of public intellectual participation. Kate earned her PhD from Cambridge's Department of Sociology, supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme Scholarship and the Cambridge Overseas Trust.

  • Position: Research Fellow
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  • Tel: 01223 (7)67180
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests: Knowledge production, Research Impact, Research Evaluation, Altmetrics, Fields