Erik Arnold is co-founder and Chairman of the Technopolis Group and Adjunct Professor in research policy at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He has worked in research and innovation policy and evaluation since 1980, covering work in a wide range of disciplines handling research and innovation policy. His work spans over 30 countries as well as the European Commission and a range of international organisations including the OECD, World Bank, Nordic Council of Ministers, ESF and COST. He is expert in the design, management and implementation of large- as well as smaller-scale evaluations of research and innovation organisations, programmes and policies. He has particular expertise in integrating peer review and social-scientific evaluation methods.
Erik Arnold teaches evaluation at masters’ level at the Universities of Manchester, Sussex and Twente as well as various short courses in evaluation. He is a Trustee of the Fraunhofer-ISI institute, was a member of the scientific committee of the Institut für Qualitätssicherung und Forschungsinformation of the DFG (2007-13) and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Research Evaluation. He is British and was born in 1954. He holds a BA(Hons) degree in English Literature (1976), an MSc in History and Philosophy of Science (1978) and a Doctorate in Science Policy and Microeconomics (1983).
He is fluently bilingual (English and Norwegian). He also works in Swedish, Danish, German and French. He was formerly a Research Fellow at SPRU, Sussex University (1980-85); a project manager at Booz.Allen and Hamilton (1986-91); and was attached as an expert to the IT and Telecommunications Task Force of the European Commission (1984-5).