Knowledge Transfer Programme
The purpose of this project is to learn from experiences of two knowledge transfer programmes in Sweden – When Municipalities set the Research Agenda – and South Africa – Knowledge Transfer Programme – in order to implement innovative ways of working in our respective countries. The focus will be on comparing different kinds of partnerships in order to strengthen collaborative work between the state, universities and society, and try those methods in practice in Sweden and South Africa.
The research has three priorities:
- Exploring different state-university-society partnerships and collaborations, with a certain focus on how they function as brokering communities
- Deepening theoretical understanding of conditions for co-production and collaborative and comparative research in different national and institutional contexts
- Developing methods for successful transfer and implementation of good practices in university-society collaboration between two different national contexts, in this case Sweden and South Africa.
The following activities are being planned for 2018:
Research visit to Cape Town in March 2018
The visit will involve a series of workshops and meetings with embedded researchers, municipal officials, participants in the writers’ exchange and other relevant researchers at ACC and broader UCT (such as the Centre for Transport Studies).
Research visit to Malmö in September 2018
The visit will involve a series of workshops and meetings with embedded researchers, municipal officials, and academics.
The process will also involve planning continuing collaboration in 2019 and ideally beyond.