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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. 

Future planning

The process will also involve planning continuing collaboration in 2019 and ideally beyond.

 

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Project members

  • Rike Sitas

    Ph.D. Researcher at ACC since 2013. Coordinates Mistra Urban Futures, UrbanAfrica.net, Cities Alliance Africa Think Tank, Public Art and the Power of Place. Fascinated by the intersection of culture and cities, and more speicifically the role of art in urban life. Unpacking the notions of public space and public life in Southern cityness.

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  • Magnus Johansson

    Magnus Johansson is Director of the Mistra Urban Futures Skåne Platform.

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