Business research collaboration in the High North: A comparison of Finland, Norway and Sweden

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.13 The Interplay between Science, Politics and Business - impacts, learned lessons and ideas
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Elena Dybtsyna (Nord University, Norway), Anatoli Bourmistrov (Nord University, Norway), Anders Hersinger (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden), Alexandra Middleton (Oulu University, Finland)
Abstract text

International collaboration is increasingly emphasized among national research funding bodies and in the case of the Nordic countries, there are several programs to consider and a research council specifically encouraging Nordic research. At the same time, the political priorities and strategies are not identical in different countries, and such differences may influence the prospects for international research collaboration and how such collaboration can be realized. Although prior studies investigate cooperation between Nordic universities, there seems to be little research specifically addressing international research collaboration in the north of Finland, Norway, and Sweden in the context of regional policy and research priorities for the High North and the Arctic. We contribute to the literature by focusing on regional policy for the High North in research collaboration. Our conclusions pinpoint differences and similarities between the policies for the High North in Finland, Norway, and Sweden and provide tentative advice for researchers and policymakers.

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