Richard Watermeyer is a sociologist of higher education: policy, practice and pedagogy. He is by training and orientation a sociologist of education with interests in higher education policy, practice and pedagogy. His work is primarily concerned with changing contextualizations of higher education, particularly as relate to technologies of governance, and their effect on the work and identities of academics. He has published over 80 journal articles, books, book chapters, commissioned reports and articles predominantly on issues of scientific governance. His latest book, Competitive Accountability in Academic Life (2019) considers the deleterious effects of systematic manipulation of research governance technologies by academics and their institutions. Richard is Reader in Education at the University of Bath and has held previous appointments at the universities of Warwick, Surrey and Cardiff.