Welcome to Engaging with Society

Description: Aalborg University is fundamentally about applying research in service for the society. Quoting the AAU research strategy:

The Aalborg University research strategy can be expressed in four words: "From research to change".

This course is devoted to PhD researchers having a cross-disciplinary or natural-technical basis, and we want to create a room for reflection of own practice.

Being applied have implications for the need for interaction, and the aim of the course is to set focus on the importance of the researcher and of the theory use for the research. Therefore, the participants will be asked to bring own their research to foster reflections that can feed into research practise.

The course is a combination of workshop sessions divided by inspirational presentations from researchers giving perspectives nurturing the reflections.

In the course, we will focus at how the research approach influences the change-implications of the research, elucidate possibilities for change agency and critically reflect upon how different research approaches can be utilized to examine the research topic.


(sufficient breaks and coffee is mixed into the timeslots)


9-10              Welcome & participant-introductions

10-11:00       Applied research: What, why & how + context & society (Søren Løkke)

11:00-12       Research Mode 1, 2, & 3 (Lone Kørnøv)

12-13            Lunch

13-13:45       Reflection assignment: ‘Linking your research and society’

14 – 16:00     Workshop session: ‘Characterizing and reflection upon your research’ (fellow-interviews and preparation of presentation)



9-10               Engagement and innovation (Søren Løkke)

10-11             Research impact (Lone Kørnøv)

11-12             Presentation of engagement reflections of project & Feedback (all)

12-13             Lunch

13-16             Presentation of engagement reflections of project & Feedback (all, cont.)



9 – 12            Change processes; of choice of method and theory when doing applied research (Lars Bo Henriksen)

                      Change Cases (Lars Bo)

                      Workshop: choice of method and theory (Lars Bo, Lone, Søren)

12-13             Lunch

13 – 14          Re-visiting your project reflection

14-14:30        Round up and closing (Søren)

Organizer: Lone Kørnøv & Søren Løkke (Dept for Planning & Development) 

Lecturers: Søren Løkke, Lone Kørnøv, Lars Bo Henriksen. 


Time: November 27-29 2017

Rendsburggade 14, 

City: 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 14

Deadline: 11 October 2019

Prerequisites: None

Learning objectives: To gain a thorough understanding of the implications of approach and method for the change agency potentials and impacts of research.

Teaching methods: The course uses a combination of independent study of the provided reading material before coming to the course, lectures and open discussion and group work. The course will feed in to the participant’s paper writing.

Criteria for assessment: Participation in the course.

Mandatory reading: 

Gibbons M. 1997, 1997 Beanland Lecture: What Kind of University? Research and Teaching in the 21st Century. Melbourne: Victoria University of Technology.

Kørnøv, L., Lyhne, I., Larsen, S.V. & Hansen, A.M. 2011, "Change agents in the field of strategic environmental assessment: What does it involve and what potentials does it have for research and practice?", Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 203-228.

Norton, S. 2015. Creating research impact: the roles of research users in interactive research mobilization in Evidence & Policy, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 35-55.

Kurek, K., Geurts, P.A.T.M. & Roosendaal, H.E. 2007, "The research entrepreneur: Strategic positioning of the researcher in his societal environment", Science and Public Policy, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 501-513.


Non-mandatory reading:

Jamison, A. 2013, The making of green engineers: Sustainable development and the hybrid imagination.

Nowotny, H, P Scott and M Gibbons. 2003. INTRODUCTION. ‘Mode 2’ Revisited: In The New Production of Knowledge. Minerva 41: 179–194, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.

Pedersen, Budtz David. 2017. Impact. Redskaber og metoder til måling af forskningens gennemslagskraft. Danish Council for independent research. https://ufm.dk/publikationer/2017/impact-redskaber-og-metoder-til-maling-af-forskningens-gennemslagskraft


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.