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Making Universities Matter

A Knowledge Platform on the Role of Universities in Society


Within this knowledge platform – funded by Vinnova – we set out to understand how universities arrange their activities and how they are aligned with different interests in society.

More specifically, the platform will study how the blend of missions and tasks of universities has evolved over time, and will relate that mix to institutional specificities such as state governance and how universities​ interact with students, scientific communities, and stakeholders in industry, government and civil society. It also seeks to elucidate cross-national differences and similarities in the institutionalization (and change) of universities: in Sweden and other countries in Europe, and through relevant comparisons with the evolution of university roles in North America and Asia.

The platform also aims to engage in policy debates on universities, providing with policy relevant briefs and serving as a forum for topical discussion.

The platform is run in collaboration between KTH and Lund University, and engages the following scholars from the two universities: Erik Arnold, Mats Benner, Ulrika Bjare, Eugenia Perez Vico, Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Sverker Sörlin, Emily Wise, and Nina Wormbs. ​

Funding agency: Vinnova

Period: 2015-2025

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