Gemma Derrick

Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Evaluation and Senior Lecturer (Higher Education) at Lancaster University

CV summary

Gemma Derrick is the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Evaluation and a Senior Lecturer (Higher Education) at Lancaster University.  With a background in medicine, she graduated with a PhD in Science Communication (Research Evaluation) from The Australian National University.  She has since held positions at the University of Sydney, Cancer Policy and Global Health King’s College London, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid Spain and is a past ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow and British Academy Rising Star award holders.  Her research focuses on the academic reward system with a specialisation in peer review, academic productivity measurements, the implementation of indicator driven research,  the evaluation of scientific and social impact (impact), gender debates in knowledge production, and evaluative cultures within global higher education.  Gemma leads the COMbINE network (Complementary Methods in Evaluation Research), is a UK-representative for the Eu-COST Action ENRESSH (Evaluative Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities), as well as serving on the Steering Committee for the World Health Organisations Evidence Informed Policy Network (WHO EVIPNet) with special responsibilities for Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Advocacy and Impact.  Her academic record includes publications in the Lancet, Nature, Minerva and the Milbank Quarterly.  Her book, The Evaluators’ Eye: Impact assessment and academic peer review was released in February 2018.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government