Professor Hans Chr Garmann Johnsen from RIS will February 23rd lead a seminar at Kingston University London on the topic of the Scandinavian Model. The title of the seminar is: “The Scandinavian model – in an international perspective”. The location is room 6234, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7LB.
Samling for prosjektledere og andre sentrale aktører i samhandlings-og forskerprosjektene i VRI 16 – 17. november 2010, Tromsø
The 5th International Seminar on Regional Innovation Policies will take place at the University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway on 14-15 October 2010. The seminar is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Studies of Regional Innovation Strategies at the Department of Working Life and Innovation, and is arranged in cooperation with the VRI programme (Programme for Regional R&D and Innovation) at The Research Council of Norway.
The VRI programme offers professional and financial support to long-term, research-based development processes in the regions. The programme is designed to promote greater regional collaboration between trade and industry, R&D institutions and the government authorities, and to establish close ties to other national and international network and innovation measures such as the Arena programme, Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) and the Regions of Knowledge initiative.
The Research Council will employ national, merit-based competition to ensure the quality of the activities and projects funded under the programme. Fundamental components of the VRI programme include research activity, exchange of experience, learning, and cooperation across scientific, professional and administrative boundaries.
The VRI programme is a national programme with an initial time-frame of ten years (2007- 2017). The work programme may be revised and developed throughout the programme period.
ABSTRACT The theme of this article is how we as social scientists can research others through involvement, and develop true knowledge about the other without “othering” them, that is, not objectifying them or making them an instrument in our research, but rather be respectful of the other as a person. The thesis of this article is that othering is a matter of degree as well as principles. Social science and Action research can do respectful othering. Doing that is both a matter of personal skill and the wisdom of the researcher and of complying with some design principles. I argue that these design principles can be related to four areas of knowledge that we are likely to find in an involved research situation: knowledge about oneself, knowledge about the other, knowledge about the relation and knowledge about the situation.