Comments on Universities and Think Tanks in the European Union

Event Date: 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Event Location: 

  • University of Oslo
  • Norway
  • Seminar/Workshop

UNIKE Winter School

Workshop Title: Mapping knowledge economies

Talk Title: Comments on Universities and Think Tanks in the European Union

Main themes

The overarching theme of the winter school is Mapping knowledge economies. The main idea is to combine UNIKE’s specific contribution to the study of higher education – that is, the mix of political economy and ethnography – with the focus of the host institution, in this case, The University of Oslo. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about different ways of theorising knowledge economies – focusing on governance, financialisation and new relations between universities and different industrial sectors and changing perspectives on knowledge work.

In the part that focuses on complementary skills, the focus will be on learning to translate one’s own research into policy advice through the writing of policy briefs; in this, the fellows will be helped by academics from The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). Last, but not least, the part of the winter school that focuses on aspects of doctoral education will comprise a policy analysis and a writing workshop in which participants will be able to use their own experiences of mobility in doctoral education to reflect on broader processes of producing felxible and mobile workers for knowledge economies.