Louise Bezuidenhout

Consultant, Trainer

Open Science, Research Management

Science and Technology Researcher
PhD in Sociology
Founder of Lab Hack – Equipment built in Africa, by African students for African STEM education

Louise Bezuidenhout is a social science researcher who specializes on issues relating to Open Science, data sharing, and access. Her research is broadly oriented around themes such as justice and access, inclusion, marginalization, and equity. Much of her work to date has concentrated on understanding diverse voices and values within the Open Science movement, in particular identifying ways to improve the representation and inclusion of low/middle-income country researchers into the Open Science landscape. This work has involved embedded ethnographies, interviews, and surveys in several countries in Africa, Europe, and North America.

Louise holds PhDs in cardiothoracic surgery (University of Cape Town, RSA) and sociology (University of Exeter, UK). She has had postdoctoral research posts at the Universities of Exeter (UK), Notre Dame (USA), Oxford (UK) and Cape Town (RSA) and held lectureships at University College London (UK), University of the Witwatersrand (RSA) and the University of Oxford (UK). Currently, Louise works for the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at the University of Leiden as a senior researcher focusing on Open Science monitoring and practice.


  • The Hague, The Netherlands