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I hold a Phd in Sociology, currently employed as researcher in innovation studies in the SWINNO project at the Department of Economic History, Lund University. I am also affiliated with the international research centre R-QUEST (Center for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies) at NIFU, Oslo.

My main research are in the borderlands of sociology of science/STS, research policy and innovation studies, with additional interests in sociological theory and social class in social movements.

In 2018 I defended my thesis in sociology, Disciplined Reasoning. It is a study of how a certain way of thinking and analyzing, a style of scientific reasoning, have come to dominate the discipline of economics in Sweden, and how it has become stabilized within the boundaries of the academic discipline. I am especially interested in how this style of reasoning is reproduced through socialization in doctoral training, and through the boundary work where the disciplinary boundaries are reproduced, against other disciplines and approaches to science, among them heterodox economics. I also show how a transformed practice of scientific quality evaluation is linked to styles of reasoning in an analysis of the increasing reliance of top journal rankings in expert evaluation reports from the recruitment of full professors in economics. The thesis was awarded the Katrin Fridjonsdottir Memorial Prize.

During 2018-2021 I did a postdoc in research policy in the project Värdet av centrumsatsningar (The Value of Centre of Excellence Initiatives) that investigated the long term outcomes of collaborative research centers two Swedish Centre of Excellence programs funded by Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, and Vetenskapsrådet, the Swedish Research Council.

My research interests are situated in the borderlands between the sociology of scientific knowledge, and research policy analysis. I am particularly interested in connections between the social aspects (organization, funding patterns, quality evaluation, doctoral training, etc.) and the epistemic aspects of science, i.e. how various ways of organizing the production of knowledge affects the sort of knowledge produced.

In 2018 I defended my thesis in sociology, Disciplined Reasoning. It is a study of how a certain way of thinking and analyzing, a style of scientific reasoning, have come to dominate the discipline of economics in Sweden, and how it has become stabilized within the boundaries of the academic discipline. I am especially interested in how this style of reasoning is reproduced through socialization in doctoral training, and through the boundary work where the disciplinary boundaries are reproduced, against other disciplines and approaches to science, among them heterodox economics. I also show how a transformed practice of scientific quality evaluation is linked to styles of reasoning in an analysis of the increasing reliance of top journal rankings in expert evaluation reports from the recruitment of full professors in economics.

I am part of the collaborative knowledge platform Making Universities Matter (MUM) with researchers from Lund University and KTH.

Furthermore, I also participate in the international reserach project R-QUEST,based at NIFU in Oslo. The 8-year project is a comparative study of institutionalised conceptions, evaluations and conditions for quality in research, based on empirical case studies of the research fields (particle physics, cardiology, and economics) in five European countries.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology
  • Economic History

Keywords

  • Research and Innovation Policy

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