Sarah Parks

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in computational biology, University of Cambridge; M.Phil. in computational biology, University of Cambridge; B.A. in mathematics, University of Cambridge

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Sarah Parks is a senior analyst at RAND Europe with significant expertise in science and research policy. Since joining RAND Europe she has been involved in policy research and analysis for a wide range of clients, including the European Commission (DG RTD), the UK Department of Health, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the British Standards Institution. She is particularly interested in research systems, and the pathway from research to industry. Her projects have covered topics including oversight of science and technology, Open Science and citizen science, the assessment of research impact and evaluation of research programmes, bibliometrics, innovation in health systems, and synthetic biology.

Parks has a Ph.D. in mathematical and statistical methods in evolutionary biology which she undertook at the European Bioinformatics Institute and the University of Cambridge. During her doctoral studies she also worked at the Office for National Statistics looking at the use of open data to supplement or replace the census.


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