Staff

Drs. F.V. van der Most (Frank)

PhD student
Capitool room A 210

Address

  • Frank van der Most
  • MB-STePS
  • PO Box 217
  • 7500 AE Enschede


Background

Frank van der Most is a PhD student at STePS. His research focuses on the role of intermediary organizations in the development of nanotechnology. Before he started his PhD research in November 2004, he worked as project researcher on multiple projects at the University of Maastricht and the University of Twente: Evaluation of the Norwegian Research Council; Science and policy action systems for BSE or Mad Cow Disease; the rise of chemical detergents and changes in washing habits in the Netherlands; the history of salt mining in the Netherlands (last two projects were part of the national research program Technology in the Netherlands in the Twentieth century) Frank studied Arts and Sciences at Maastricht University and graduated in 1997.

Research

Frank’s PhD research project is titled ‘Intermediary organizations and emerging fields of science: the case of nanotechnology.’ The project focuses on the role of intermediary organizations, in particular research funding organizations, in the development of emerging new fields of research such a nanotechnology. This is a comparative study that comprises issues of facility funding, coping with interdisciplinary research by disciplinary funding structures, and the relation between nanotechnology and industry. A broad comparative inventory of particular countries’ national organization of research funding and their funding activities related to nanotechnology was done in 2006. The countries included were Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. In 2007 interviews were taken in Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Switzerland for further in depth study. Each of these countries showed interesting characteristics and activities in view of the issues mentioned above.

Frank’s super visors are Barend van der Meulen and Arie Rip

Teaching

Technology Assessment of ICT (subject code 411110)

Publications

  • Most, F. van der (2007) Regaining an intermediary position in the Dutch research funding landscape (DRAFT). A resource dependence theory interpretation of research funding organizations' interactions with nanotechnology. Paper presented at the PRIME EU-US Early Career Researcher Conference on Research and Innovation Studies, 1st - 4th July 2008 at University of Twente, The Netherlands. pdf
  • Most, F. van der (2006) Research councils and emerging fields of science: the case of nanotechnology. A comparative pilot study of Germany, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Norway. Paper presented at the SSTNET workshop ‘Science and change’, 6 and 7 April 2006, Manchester. pdf
  • Most, F. van der & Meulen, B. van der (2001) RCN's role in the dynamics of research: a scientists' perspective. Enschede, Brighton: University of Twente, Technopolis.
  • Most, F.V. (2001) SBO and human food. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente
  • Most, F. van der, Homburg, E., Hooghoff, P., Selm, A. van (2000). 'Nieuwe synthetische producten plastics en wasmiddelen na de Tweede Wereldoorlog'. In J.W. Schot, H.W. Lintsen, A. Rip & A.A. Albert de la Bruhèze (red.) Techniek in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw. (Vol II). Eindhoven, Zutphen: Stichting Historie der Techniek, Walburg Pers.
  • Most, F. van der, Schot, J. & Gales, B. (2000) 'Zout'. In J.W. Schot, H.W. Lintsen, A. Rip & A.A. Albert de la Bruhèze (red.) Techniek in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw. (Vol II). Eindhoven, Zutphen: Stichting Historie der Techniek, Walburg Pers.
  • Most, F.V.van der & Smit,W.A. (1999) BSE and the Netherlands National Action System. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente.
  • Most, F.V.van der & Smit,W.A. (1999) BSE and the Belgium National Action System. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente.
  • Most, F.V. van der (1998). Verzekerde Grenzen tussen heden en toekomst. Een geschiedenis van scenario's op de veranderende landkaart van wetenschap, politiek en de Rijksplanologische Dienst (1974-1997). Masters thesis, Maastricht University. (Drs. thesis)

Networks

Frank is a member of the Netherlands Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)

From February until June 2008, Frank was stationed at the Research Policy Institute of Lund University to work on his thesis. He received a PhD circulation grant for this stay from the PRIME Network of Excellence.

Other activities

  • Frank chaired the local STS reading club at the University of Twente from 2005 until 2007. See the reading club’s wiki page on the WTMC wiki.
  • In his spare time, Frank runs a one-man company called Index Society. Index Society provides databases and software for qualitative research. See the website at www.indexsociety.nl (in Dutch).

Updated, January 2008