Essex academics recognised as among world's most cited scholars

  • Date

    Thu 18 Feb 21

Professor Jules Pretty

Past and present University of Essex academics have been recognised as among the 100,000 most cited scholars in the world.

A recent Stanford University study recognised the top 2% of the world’s most cited researchers in various disciplines and included 43 past and present Essex researchers.

The report, published in the PLOS Biology Journal, evaluated and ranked about seven million scientists across 22 disciplines throughout the span of their work. Based on a series of metrics, including the career-long citation impact of their published research, the database is among the most comprehensive global faculty-evaluation resources ever produced. 

Among those included and at the top of the Essex list is our Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the new Centre for Public and Policy Engagement, Professor Jules Pretty, pictured above, who said: “Citations provide one important way to measure scholarly influence, as they reflect the effect of your written work on researchers in other universities and institutes worldwide. I consider being included on the list a real honour and important reflection of research influence and achievements at Essex.”

Also included in the list was Professor Christine Raines, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). She added: “At Essex we are proud of our reputation for excellence in research in a wide range of fields and having so many Essex academics included in this Stanford University report reflects our wealth of research expertise and the impact it is making on the world.”

The Essex researchers included in the list are in a variety of fields, including agriculture, plant biology, marine biology, environment, economics, political science and artificial intelligence.