Faculty and Postdoc Researchers
Julia Melkers (PI)
Julia Melkers is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and holds a visiting appointment at INGENIO [CSIC], University Polytechnic Valencia, Spain. Her research and evaluation work focuses on a number of aspects relevant to careers in science, including research and career capacity development in the STEM environment, knowledge diffusion, collaborative and other social networks and issues specific to career development and mentoring with special attention to underrepresented groups. She directs the ROCS lab (Research on Careers in Science), a group of undergraduate and graduate students who work with her on projects relevant to scientific careers. Dr. Melkers’ research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Institutes for Health, and multiple foundations. She has conducted evaluation-related work for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the OECD, governments of Mexico and Latvia, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, HUD, the States of Alaska, Georgia, Rhode Island and Maine, and the City of Atlanta. Her publications may be found in journals such as Science, Technology & Human Values; PlosOne; Computer Science Education; Review of Policy Research; Public Administration Review; Urban Studies Review; Policy Studies Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory; Journal of Technology Transfer and Evaluation and Program Planning.
Eric Welch (Co-PI)
Eric W. Welch is Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University where he teaches decision-making, organization and network theory, institutional design, and science and innovation policy. He received his doctorate from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he specialized in science and environmental policy. Professor Welch currently directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at ASU. His primary research interests include genetic resource policy for food and agriculture, organizational adaptation to climate change, women and underrepresented minorities in science, and use of digital technology in government. He has published in journals such as Social Networks, Global Food Security, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, OMICS, New Phytologist, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Biobanking and Biopreservation, Business Strategy and the Environment, Environmental Management, Journal of Technology Transfer and Technovation.
Monica Gaughan (Co-PI)
Monica Gaughan is Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University (1992); one of her criteria in choosing the program was not having to write another thesis. After working a couple of more years as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Gaughan earned a master’s (1997) and doctorate (1999) in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research may be found in Science Technology and Human Values, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Research Evaluation, Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, Family Planning Perspectives, and Journal of Marriage and Family. Gaughan has held academic appointments at Oglethorpe University (1999-2001), Georgia Institute of Technology (2002-2006), and the University of Georgia (2006-2013). She loves to travel near and far, has too many pets, and considers no day complete without reading fiction.
Diogo Pinheiro (Former Postdoc)
Diogo Pinheiro is Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of North Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University, and was a Post Doctoral fellowon the NETWISE project at Georgia Tech. His teaching and research focuses on economic and cultural factors that influence inequality, especially with regard to education and scientific careers.
Nicolas Robinson-Garcia (Former Postdoc)
Nicolas Robinson-Garcia is a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He currently enjoys a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant within the LEaDing Fellows Programme at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, TU Delft (Netherlands). He previously worked at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology and at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) in Spain. He holds a PhD on Social Sciences at the University of Granada. He is member of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation, including in elite journals like Nature, Science or Plos One. He is Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics in the ‘Research Assessment’ section.
Over the years, the NETWISE projects have benefited from a team of excellent graduate and undergraduate students who were critical to the work, and who have gone on to do great things:
Former Team Graduate Students
- Dr. Kaspars Berzins
- Dr. Meg Haller
- Dr. Agrita Kiopa
- Dr. Japera Johnson
- Dr. Marla Parker
- Ms. Heather Smith
- Dr. Fang Xiao
- Dr. Yamini Jha
Our eternal thanks to the graduate and undergraduate students who developed our population inventory, tracked down and coded CVs, tested surveys, supported data cleaning and database construction, and were always great team players!