Linda Butler is an independent consultant, specialising in the evaluation of research performance, in particular the use of advanced bibliometric techniques. She also advises on the construction of publication databases for use in research assessments, and on ways to measure the downstream impact of research.
Previously head of the Research Evaluation and Policy Project at the Australian National University for 10 years, Linda maintains her links to the higher education sector as a School Visitor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the ANU, and as a Conjoint Professor with the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle.
Linda is currently conducting a study for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and recently completed contracts for the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) in Germany, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She was recently a member of an expert panel established by the Council of the Canadian Academies to advise on Science Performance and Research Funding. She has also recently undertaken projects for the OECD, the Australian Research Council and RAND Europe. Past clients from her time as head of REPP include the National Health and Medical Research Council, CSIRO, and the Higher Education Funding Council of England.
Linda has published extensively in peer reviewed journals associated with the fields of bibliometrics and research policy.
She resides in the beautiful Port Stephens area of New South Wales