Dan Moran and Richard Wood from the Industrial Ecology Programme
Daniel Moran (left) and Richard Wood, from NTNU’s Industrial Ecology Programme, were two of the seven NTNU-affiliated researchers listed among the world's most highly cited. The list also includes Nobel laureates and NTNU brain researchers May-Britt and Edvard Moser from the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Photo: Nancy Bazilchuk

NTNU researchers among the world’s most highly cited

The 2020 ISI/Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list includes seven researchers affiliated with NTNU. The list includes authors who have multiple articles ranked in the top 1 per cent by citation in their field over the last decade.

Three of the seven, Volker Krey, Daniel Moran, and Richard Wood, are affiliated with the Department of Energy and Process Technology’s Industrial Ecology Programme. Nobel laureates and brain researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, from the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, were also on the list, along with Hårvard Rue, a statistician and Thomas Choi, an economist.

The industrial ecology researchers study the relationship between environmental impacts, such as climate change and socio-economic drivers, such as affluence (or lifestyle) and technology change, and have provided important insights into the effects of globalization over the last 20 years.

NTNU Rector Anne Borg said the recognition was well deserved and inspiring.

“This is really amazing. Congratulations to our excellent researchers. You are an inspiration to us all!” she said to the researchers in a congratulatory note.

Sustainability a priority

Prof. Helge Brattebø, Director of NTNU Sustainability, says it is highly appreciated and noteworthy that three of the seven NTNU researchers are from the industrial ecology research area.

“NTNU puts a high priority on sustainability research,” Brattebø said, adding that he was not surprised by having the three researchers on the list.

“The same group last year had four professors on this list, and is one of the leading research groups in their area internationally,” he said.

The ISI/Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers 2020 analysis encompassed papers published and cited during 2009 to 2019 and which at the end of 2019 ranked in the top 1% by citations for their field and year. The list comprises 6,389 researchers – 3,896 whose work falls into specific fields and 2,493 whose work was considered cross-disciplinary.