Francois van Schalkwyk

Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University

I am a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University. My areas of interest include higher education studies, (open) data and scholarly communication.

I hold a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University. My doctoral research was on the use of open research data and open access journal articles by non-scientists, the potentials of such access for society and the implications for the communication of science.

I am currently leading research projects on data flows in Cote d'Ivoire and on the application of the Digital Development Principles to digital tools in sub-Saharan Africa. Past research focused on university-community engagement and its impact on knowledge production; on open data and economic rights; on open data and open development; on the flows of health data in Tanzania; on university presses in Africa; and on research universities in Africa.

In addition to my academic interests, I am a consulting researcher to SBC4D, managing director of COMPRESS.dsl, and editor and trustee of the not-for-profit, open access book publisher African Minds.