Linking science with media and policy: the case of academics in Flanders, Belgium

Hans Jonker, Florian Vanlee

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Abstract

There is a growing expectation for academics to go public, that is to actively engage with the media and supply policy advice for decision-makers. Data showing these interactions are scarce. By linking data from FRIS, BelgaPress and Overton, this study reveals a first snapshot of academics’ media mentions and policy citations for all active academics from Dutch-speaking universities in Belgium. Explorative analysis reveals distinct sector differences, with academics from Social sciences, Medical and Health sciences being most visible. A small minority of mostly male academics featured very often in media as media figures, contrasted by much more discrete policy pillars whose publications got cited often, but featured hardly in traditional media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalQuantitative Science Studies
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2024

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