Research Team

James Karlsen
Senior Researcher/ PhD
E-mail: james.karlsen@agderforskning.no
Phone: 0047 48010544

James Karlsen is Senior Researcher and group leader for regional development in Agderforskning. He is also affiliated to Orkestra, Basque Institute of Competiveness, Spain. He has a Master in in Economic Geography at University of Oslo, Norway (1986) and a PhD in Industrial Management Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway (2007). His main research interests are within innovation systems, the role of university in regional development, territorial development and action research. He has published many international articles and books within these issues. He has also 10 years of work experience from different ministries and from Finnmark County, where he has been working with industrial and regional development. He has both project leader experience as well as management experience from this work.

He has worked professionally as a Senior Researcher since 1997 at Agderforskning, and has worked on a range of national and international R&D projects, many as project leader. He has long experience from management of research projects and from collaborative development projects with local and regional stakeholders both in Norway and Spain. Karlsen has long experience in analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data and connecting the data to theory and create papers and policy reports. In Orkestra Karlsen is working building up action research competence, and how researchers and policy makers can engage in complex knowledge creation processes.

Hans Kjetil Lysgård
Associate professor/PhD
Centre of Development Studies, Faculty of economics and social sciences
e-mail: hans.k.lysgard@uia.no
Phone: +47 38141496

Hans Kjetil Lysgård, born 1968, is Associate professor in human geography at Centre for Development Studies, University of Agder and Agder Research. He is PhD from Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Lysgård’s research interests are regionalisation, regional and place identity, rurality/urbanity and urban/rural policies and culture-led urban regeneration strategies.

Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen
Associate professor/PhD
Department of Working Life and Innovation
e-mail: hans.c.g.johnsen@uia.no
Phone: 0047 91803733

Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen is a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Agder in Norway. He is also an adjunct professor at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Professor Garmann Johnsen is a specialist in the study of working life and innovation. He has an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and gained his PhD at the Copenhagen Business School. He has been a visiting scholar and fellow at several universities including UC Berkeley and Cornell in the USA. For 15 years Garmann Johnsen has been involved in a national research programme into collaborative innovation. He has written and presented papers and authored journal articles published worldwide.

Roger Normann
Senior Researcher/ PhD
e-mail: roger.normann@agderforskning.no
Phone: 0047 480 10 540

Roger Normann (1972 ) is senior researcher and leader of the Regional Innovation and Governance group at Agder Research. Normann has a master in political science from University of Tromsø (2002) and a PhD from Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU (2007). He is experienced in studies of democracy, governance processes, and regional development.

Mikaela Vasstrøm
Researcher
E-mail: mikaela.vasstrom@agderforskning.no
Phone: +47 915 75 770

Mikaela Vasstrøm (26.07.77) has a part time position at the Department of Regional Innovation and Governance, Agder Research. She is doing a Ph.D at the Centre of Forest and Landscape at Copenhagen University on nature conservation and rural development in relation to aspects of democracy, sustainability and the role of knowledge. In Agder Research her work has centered around different aspects of rural development mainly in relation to governance, social learning and innovation.

Bo Terje Kalsaas
Associate Professor
E-mail: bo.t.kalsaas@uia.no
Phone: +47 37233126

Bo Terje Kalsaas, born 1946, is an Associate professor at the University of Agder. Discipline is the direction of value chains and innovation. Business perspective is central to his research and professional is in the intersection between technology and social sciences. He works with change processes in companies and on the relationships between businesses, and is publishing in this field. He is Dr Ing from the Norwegian Institute of technology – NTNU (1995).

Romulo Pinheiro
Senior Researcher
E-mail: romulo.pinheiro@agderforskning.no
Phone: +47 45460794

Romulo Pinheiro, born in 1972, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Regional Innovation Strategies  (RIS) based in Kristiansand, Norway. He is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he has been based since 2006, amongst other things, as a research- fellow (Institude for Educational Research) and associate with Hedda, a consortium of European research centers with expertise in the field of higher education studies. He is currently a member of the HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional Dynamics and Knowledge Cultures) research group based in Oslo. Read more..

Jon P. Knudsen
Associate professor/PhD
Department of Working Life and Innovation
e-mail: jon.p.knudsen@uia.no

Jon P Knudsen (1956) is associate professor at the Department of Working Life and Innovation, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Agder. He holds a PhD in human geography from Lund University and a master’s degree in human geography from the University of Oslo. In addition to an academic career counting the University of Oslo, Agder Research, Nordregio and the University of Agder, he was for several years the political editor of one of Norway’s main regional newspapers. He has also practiced as a self-employed consultant. His main areas of interest are regional politics and policy development, sociology of religion and the relationship between economic development and cultural change. He has inter alia chaired the work group preparing the Research Council of Norway research programme, DEMOSREG.

Jørn Cruickshank
Senior Rearcher/ PhD
E-mail: jorn.cruickshank@agderforskning.no
Phone: +47 480 10 546

Jørn Cruickshank (08.05.67) is a senior researcher at Agderforskning. He has a PhD in planning from the University of Tromsø. He has expertise and experience from evaluation studies in development, regional policy and discourse analysis.og diskursanalyser.

Arne Isaksen
Associate professor
E-mail: arne.isaksen@uia.no
Phone: +47 381 42 245

Arne Isaksen, born 1954, is a professor at the Institute for employment and innovation at the University of Agder. He is also associated with Agderforskning and has previously worked on STEP-group. He holds a PhD in social geography from the University of Oslo. Isaksens research field is the regional industrial development with emphasis on studies of regional clusters, innovation systems and regional policy. He has a significant international publishing in these themes.