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Integrative Knowledge Environments - In a World Facing Transformative Challenges

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The workshops were hosted and organized by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and planned, curated and led by Professor Anders Ekström, Uppsala University, and Professor Sverker Sörlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm with the assistance of PhD candidate Corinna Röver, KTH who also transcribed the recordings from the workshops.

The background to the workshops is a discussion, heard in ever more countries about major societal transformations in the face of challenges and growing needs. This speaks to the future organization of research – in all fields, from technology and science to humanities and social sciences. Expectations on knowledge are growing, but also changing compared to earlier periods. This provokes questions about the environments and forms of knowledge production. In recent years there has been a growing interest in integrative approaches to the formation of new and useful knowledge, linked in turn to the need for collaboration between knowledge fields. At the same time experiences from universities and research funders, in Sweden among others the Swedish Research Council, demonstrate that there is no simple or universal answer to the question of how integrative knowledge production should best be organized or stimulated. ‘Integrative’ in this kind of discussion stands for, at the same time, interdisciplinary combinations of knowledge areas, integration of teaching with research, and a forceful and multifaceted integration of third mission/collaboration efforts into the everyday lives of university working departments, centers, or institutes.

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