Lambros Roumbanis Photo: Juliana Wiklund

E-mail: lambros.roumbanis@score.su.se
Telephone: +46 (0)8 674 7120

My research focuses on peer review, research funding and academic judgment. In an ethnographic study of the Swedish Research Council’s panel groups in the natural and technical sciences, I have looked at how assessment of scientific quality occurs in practice and how reviewers create consensus. Among other things, I have investigated the occurrence of what I have come to refer to as ’collective anchoring effects’ in relation to the organizational review methods now used as well as the panel groups’ negotiations during the review process. See Athene Donald’s blog: http://occamstypewriter.org/athenedonald/2017/01/20/the-abc-of-panel-scoring-anchoring-bias-and-committee-procedures/

For some time now, I have also explored the idea of drawing lots as an alternative decision-making mechanism for allocating research grants. Use of random selection could allow funds to diffuse beyond the cognitive and group-related limitations that typically mark the peer review process. A lottery is completely impartial (free from bias, power-related factors, special interests, etc.), relatively inexpensive and saves time. My interest in the lottery as a decision-making method transcends the scientific domain and is grounded in issues concerning the fundamental conditions of fairness, rationality and democracy.

I am also interested in the organization of queues and queues as moral orders.

Some publications:

Roumbanis L (2017) Academic judgments under uncertainty: A study of collective anchoring effects in Swedish Research Council panel groups. Social Studies of Science 47(1): 95–116.

Ahrne G, Castillo D, Roumbanis L (2019) Queues: Tensions between institution and organization, i eds. Ahrne och Brunsson Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.