Arne Isaksen is Professor at the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. He holds a Dr. Polit. in Social Geography from the University of Oslo.
Isaksen has an extensive collection of international publications and a significant number of citations. He is published in reputable journals in the field of Economic Geography and Regional Development, includingRegional Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Entrepreneurship & Regional DevelopmentvandvEconomic Geography. Isaksen has co-edited and authored six academic books for Norwegian publishing houses, one book for a Nordic publishing house and three for an English publishing house. He is chief editor of the Norwegian Journal of Geography/Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift.
Isaksen has been employed at the University of Agder since 2000, where he has served as Head of Department and Study Coordinator for the master program for Industrial Economics. Before joining UiA, Isaksen was a researcher in Agderforskning and the STEP Group.
Today, Isaksen has frequent contact with policy makers, especially in the two Agder counties and The Research Council of Norway. He is often invited to speak at seminars and workshops related to regional industrial development, innovation and innovation policy.
Isaksen has previously led a major project in a Research Councils Program for regional research and development and innovation (2011-2016). The project included several Norwegian and foreign research institutions, and led, among other things, to two Norwegian academic books and a special issue in the journal European Planning Studies. Isaksen is, from 2018 to 2019, leading a project about 'Restructuring og industry and public sector in Agder through service innovations based on digital teknology' for tthe Regional Research Fund Agder. He leads from 2020 a five year project on 'Innovation policy for grand societal challenges' financed by Aust-Agder Development and Competence Fund and which aims to strengthen the innnovation research at the Department of Working Life and Innnovation.
Isaksen’s research if focused on regional industrial development and innovation. More specifically, Isaksen explores how industries emerge and develop in different geographical areas, how companies are incorporated and supported by regional clusters and innovation systems, and what promotes innovation in firms and industrial environments. Most of his research is theoretically based case studies, which aim to develop concepts and theories that contribute to a better understanding of different aspects of regional development and innovation.
Isaksen lectures these courses at the Master's Program in Innovation and Knowledge Development:
• ORG 454 Innovation Theory
• SE 410 Localization and Regional Business Development, also taught at the Nordic Joint Master in Innovative Governance and Public Management
• ORG 503 Innovation in the Public Sector
In addition, he supervises PhD students and master's students who write their master's thesis.
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Isaksen is a member of the UiA research group on Regional Innovation Strategies, RIS. Link: https://www.uia.no/en/about-uia/organization/centres/centre-for-advanced-studies-in-regional-innovation-strategies-ris.
He leads in 2017 a project on ‘Innovation policies for economic restructuring: combining actor based and system based strategies’. The project includes researcher from the Western Norway University of Applied Science and Agderforskning.
From 2019 to 2021 a project about 'Restructuring og industry and public sector in Agder through service innovations based on digital technology' funded by the Regional research fun Agder.
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