Winter School in Oslo 2015

Mapping knowledge economies

Date 30 November - 4 December 2015
Time 09:00 - 18:00
Location The University of Oslo, Norway


Scientific Training Package: Mapping knowledge economies

Complementary Training Package: Genres of research writing

Aspects of Doctoral Education: Training the mobile, modern knowledge worker

Main themes

The overarching theme of the winter school was Mapping knowledge economies. The main idea was 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 had 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 of the course that focused on complementary skills, the focus was on learning to translate one’s own research into policy advice through the writing of policy briefs. In these sessions, the fellows was 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 focused on aspects of doctoral education comprised a policy analysis and a writing workshop in which participants were able to use their own experiences of mobility in doctoral education to reflect on broader processes of producing flexible and mobile workers for knowledge economies.

Speakers and facilitators

Confirmed speakers included Peter Maassen (University of Oslo), Eva Hartmann (Copenhagen Business School), Monika Baroe Nerland (University of Oslo), Helge Hveem (University of Oslo), Agnete Vabø and Bjørn Stensaker (NIFU) and Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich (Victoria University Wellington).