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Varieties of the Third Mission of the University: Modes of University-society Interaction in Three Research Areas

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The latter part of the 20th century witnessed transformation in the ways of understanding the relationship between science, universities and society. Although various models and characterizations of these changes have been presented, there are relatively few studies on the direct interaction between university researchers and societal stakeholders outside the realm of technology transfer and commercialization of research results. The inclusion of the third mission of the university into legislation in many countries made the societal impact of university research and “the third mission activities” an object of evaluation and control. By using qualitative, case-study-based methodology, the present research expands this perspective by exploring the various forms of interaction between university research groups and other societal actors (experts, users) in different fields of research. Since biosciences and different areas of technology have dominated the research on the university-society interaction, the present project aims at studying multidisciplinary research groups and units coming from social sciences (urban studies), education (research on learning difficulties) and humanities (research on Finno-Ugric languages). Thus, the study will uncover the variety of mechanisms and institutions of university-society interaction. It will also explore the ways in which societal and epistemic goals are being intertwined in research work by the studied groups and units, and the ways in which the collaborating partners learn from each other. The study will widen the existing STS literature on “the third mission activities” of universities as well as deepen the understanding of the societal impact of university research.
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Tuunainen, Juha. "Varieties of the Third Mission of the University: Modes of University-society Interaction in Three Research Areas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH, Nov 02, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p516852_index.html>

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Tuunainen, J. , 2011-11-02 "Varieties of the Third Mission of the University: Modes of University-society Interaction in Three Research Areas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p516852_index.html

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Abstract: The latter part of the 20th century witnessed transformation in the ways of understanding the relationship between science, universities and society. Although various models and characterizations of these changes have been presented, there are relatively few studies on the direct interaction between university researchers and societal stakeholders outside the realm of technology transfer and commercialization of research results. The inclusion of the third mission of the university into legislation in many countries made the societal impact of university research and “the third mission activities” an object of evaluation and control. By using qualitative, case-study-based methodology, the present research expands this perspective by exploring the various forms of interaction between university research groups and other societal actors (experts, users) in different fields of research. Since biosciences and different areas of technology have dominated the research on the university-society interaction, the present project aims at studying multidisciplinary research groups and units coming from social sciences (urban studies), education (research on learning difficulties) and humanities (research on Finno-Ugric languages). Thus, the study will uncover the variety of mechanisms and institutions of university-society interaction. It will also explore the ways in which societal and epistemic goals are being intertwined in research work by the studied groups and units, and the ways in which the collaborating partners learn from each other. The study will widen the existing STS literature on “the third mission activities” of universities as well as deepen the understanding of the societal impact of university research.


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