Catherine A. Lichten

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in computational biology, McGill University; B.Sc. in mathematics, McGill University

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Catherine Lichten is a senior analyst at RAND Europe working primarily in areas related to science and health. Her RAND research projects have examined a range of topics related to research funding, research culture, and the interface of science and society. She also has experience and a strong interest in policies for addressing antimicrobial resistance. 

Before joining RAND Europe, Lichten worked as a journalist covering research policy and funding news for London-based publications Research Fortnight and Research Europe, where she wrote about topics such as researcher mobility and diversity, research infrastructure, and responsible innovation.

Lichten holds a Ph.D. in computational biology and a B.Sc. in mathematics from McGill University in Canada.

Recent Projects

  • Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment
  • Understanding the international mobility of researchers
  • Evaluating the EU’s Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe
  • Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)


  • Group of researchers analyzing data on a computer in a laboratory, photo by skynesher/Getty Images

    How to Design a Research Funder

    Emerging challenges are leading to an increased emphasis on the impact of research beyond academia. At the same time, funders must adapt to changing expectations about what research can and should deliver, financial austerity, and developments in the topics and methods of research.

    Mar 11, 2019 Research Fortnight

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    Can Open Science Help to Make Research More Accessible?

    The leading principle of open science is that anyone, whether they are part of the research community or the public, should be able to access scientific knowledge. Free circulation of knowledge, the sharing of research results, and transparency of methodology are core tenets of the scientific method.

    Oct 13, 2017 Observatory for a Connected Society app

  • Stressed researcher with head on blackboard filled with formulas and equations

    Why the Mental Ill Health of Academic Researchers Remains a Hidden Problem

    The mental health and well-being of higher education staff is a significant challenge, probably even more so than the evidence indicates.

    Aug 28, 2017 Times Higher Education

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    Professional Expectations, Families and Brexit Shape Future for UK International Researchers

    Mobility has become an even higher priority for researchers since the results of the UK’s EU referendum, Brexit. To continue to attract and keep top talent, the UK needs to understand how and why researchers move between countries.

    May 5, 2017 Times Higher Education

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    Europe's Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    The EC's AMR Action Plan included measures to ensure antimicrobials are used more appropriately in both humans and animals and measures to stimulate R&D of new antibiotics. One area that was not sufficiently covered was the environment.

    Nov 3, 2016 E!Sharp

  • Hereford cattle eating at a trough

    The Global Economic Costs of Antimicrobial Resistance

    In addition to being a public health problem, antimicrobial resistance is also a major economic concern. It crosses sectoral boundaries, because resistant bugs can pass between animals and humans, and through food, agriculture, and the environment.

    May 20, 2016 Cultures Magazine

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    What Does the Future Hold for Atrial Fibrillation?

    Longer-term thinking, enhanced public awareness, and more thorough engagement among stakeholders are critical components of a strategy to deal with atrial fibrillation.

    Jun 2, 2015