Dr Peter Kolarz has extensive experience as project manager, report author and researcher on a broad range of evaluations, policy and impact studies. He specialises foremost in studies relating to research funding and research impact, notably including in 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 and social policy.
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). Most recently, he led two reviews (process and impact) of UKRI’s research and innovation funding response to Covid-19. Between 2016 and 2021 he also led two major impact studies of the European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC. Further, he has carried out several reviews and evaluations of large funds and organisations (e.g. of the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund and of the Academy of Finland) and has extensive track in individual funding scheme evaluations, including for the Royal Society (UK), the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Irish Research Council.
Peter has 9 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/AdvanceHE) and a native speaker of English and German.