There is research done on/with/for/about/through Debian, for example by:
Karl Beecher: software evolution, software quality over time, process metrics
Gabriella "Biella" Coleman: ethics, legal pedagogy, liberalism in Debian and Free Software
Martin F. Krafft: the adoption process of tools in large open-source source processes like Debian.
Martin Michlmayr: quality assurance, release management, process improvement.
Gregorio Robles: software evolution, volunteer-driven development, software measurement...
Matthias Stuermer: software reuse, component/library research in Debian, competitive dynamics in open source
Note: please add yourself to the above list (alphabetically sorted), along with a short description of your focus, and ideally a link to where we can get more information, including contact data.
A list of publications is available separately. Please also see the list of publication pages in this wiki. Instructions on how to add publications to this list are available on the CategoryPublication page.