Peter Kolarz

Principal Consultant

Offices: United Kingdom

Dr Peter Kolarz has extensive experience as project manager, report author and analyst on a broad range of evaluations, policy and impact studies. He specialises foremost in studies relating to research funding and research impact, notably including the social sciences, and ranging from small scheme evaluations to organisational and international systemic perspectives. He has further expertise in research for international development, innovation systems, evidence use for policymaking, social policy and design-driven innovation.  

Most recently, Peter has carried out several cross-national comparative studies on various aspects of research and innovation funding systems (including for Wellcome, UKRI, Research England, Formas and the Global Research Council). He also carried out a major impact study of the European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC and had a managerial role in the foundation evaluation of the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). He also has extensive track in individual funding scheme evaluations, including for the Royal Society (UK) and the Swiss National Science Foundation.  

Peter has 7 years of consulting experience with Technopolis, as well as 8 years’ experience of teaching and research in higher education institutions. As well as having the full range of social scientific competence, Peter is an experienced communicator to academic and non-academic audiences alike. Outside of commissioned projects, he has presented on various elements of his expertise at academic conferences and in several policy settings, including at the German Data Forum (RatSWD), the UK’s House of Lords and the OECD. As an experienced teacher and coach, he also leads the design and group-wide delivery of evaluation training courses for new entrants to the company. 

Peter holds a doctorate in Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research Methods, an MA in Social and Political Thought and a BA in German and European Studies, all awarded by the University of Sussex. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a native speaker of English and German. 

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