An independent expert on research and innovation policy. Retired senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Dr Jack Spaapen is an independent expert on research and innovation policy, in particular regarding questions about the societal impact of research. Per 1 September 2020, he is a retired senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is very active at the national and European level in projects that focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences. He was vice chair of the COST action ENRESSH (ended in 2020), a large European project promoting ASSH research and the evaluation of its impact on society. He is senior partner of the H2020 project SHAPE-ID that targets inter- and transdisciplinary integration of ASSH research in EU programs.
He (co)chaired several international projects, for example the FP7 SIAMPI project on productive interactions between science and society (2009-2012), the OECD project on science advice (2015) and the EU project on Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI (2014-2015). At the national level, he co-designed the Dutch national evaluation protocol for publicly funded research (Standard Evaluation Protocol – SEP), and the assessment framework for the humanities research in the Netherlands (QRiH).
He held positions as a researcher and lecturer in two departments at the University of Amsterdam (Science and Technology Dynamics and the Institute for Development Research), as a research fellow in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Between 1993 and 2005 he co-owned a consultancy firm on science and technology policy and evaluation (sci-Quest).