Dr. Ismael Rafols is a science policy analyst at Ingenio (CSIC-UPV) since April 2012 and visiting fellow at SPRU, the University of Sussex, where he worked from 2005 until 2012. He works on research evaluation, both in terms of its scientific and societal quality. In particular, studies mapping and measures of interdisciplinarity and the emergence of new technologies, in particular nano- and biotechnologies with potential medical applications. Ismael combines insights from Science and Innovation Studies with networks analysis (e.g. based on bibliometric and patent data), and interviews. Together with Professors Alan Porter (Georgia Tech) and Loet Leydesdorff (Amsterdam U.) has developed a novel type of maps of science that visualise the knowledge base of organisations such as universities or pharmaceutical firms, or research topics such as gene silencing (RNAi) or bird flu. He serves as Editorial Advisor in the journal Scientometrics.
He has conducted consultancies for the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Protection (Nanomaterials governance), SRI (Measuring interdisciplinarity), the OECD Working Party of Nanotechnologies (Mapping the knowledge baseon nanotech) and JETRO (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI; Policies for biotechnology in Europe).
Dr. Rafols received a PhD in biophysics from Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) and a postdoctoral in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University. In between academic positions, Dr. Rafols has also worked full time for three years on international cooperation in Oxfam and the City Council of Barcelona.