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 national research and innovation funding systems (including for UKRI, Formas and the Global Research Council). He also carried out a major impact study of the European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC, and had a major 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 over 5 years of consulting experience with Technopolis, as well as 8 years’ experience of teaching and research in higher education institutions. He has used and taught the full range of research methods used across the social sciences (e.g. interviews, quantitative analysis, discourse/ content analysis) in academic and professional contexts. As well as having the full range of social scientific competence, Peter is an experienced communicator to academic and non-academic audiences alike.
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.