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James Karlsen is a Professor at University of Ager since 2018. In 2013, he started to work as an Associate Professor in University of Agder. Karlsen holds a PhD in Industrial Management from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and a master in Economic Geography from University of Oslo. Karlsen has since 2009 had an associate senior researcher position at Orkestra, Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain. Before Karlsen started to work at University of Agder he was working for about 15 years in Agderforskning, Norway. He has also worked in Finnmark County administration with industrial development and with regional development planning. He has also worked in Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Local Government.

Karlsen’s research interests include industrial development and regional innovation, action research for territorial development and higher education institutions and regional development. He has participated in several international research projects. Karlsen has published one international book (Territorial Development and Action Research) and has numerous publications in international journals such as Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Industry & Innovation and Environment and Planning C, Higher Education Policy, European Journal of Education. He has served as a referee for several academic journals.

Courses and teaching

Karlsen teaches in the following courses at University of Agder:

  • ME 425 G Method
  • SV 420 UiA Co-creation OpenLab
  • ORG 503 Innovation in the public sector
  • ORG 455 Organisational development and leadership
  • ORG 503 Innovation in the public sector
  • ORG 602 Knowledge development and management
  • ME 623 Interactive research methods 

He is supervising master and PhD students. 

Academic interests

Karlsen has published articles in prestigious journals such as Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Environmental and Planning C and European Urban and Regional Studies. Together with dr. Miren Larrea from Orkestra he has written a book in the intersection of action research and territorial development. The title of the book is Territorial development and Action Research. Innovation through Dialogue.The book is also publised in Spanish with the title Desarrollo territorial e investigación acción: Innovación a través del diálogo. He has also published many book chapters.

His research interest is regional development. He has focused on industrial development, higher education institutions role for innovation and regional development, policy learning and action research for territorial development. One part of the research is based on theoretically informed case study with the aim of developing concepts and a better understanding of the complexity of regional development. Another part of the research is based on action research as a strategy for regional development and change. As an action researcher, he is working together with practitioners in real-life change processes. 

    Projects

    Since 2009 Karlsen has participated in an action research project about Policy Learning in the Basque province Gipuzkoa in Spain.

    From 2015 to 2017 Karlsen worked in a project together with researchers from Czech Republic about Higher education institutions in peripheral regions.

    RIS-senteret 

    By- og regionalplanlegging

    Scientific publications

    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Regional Innovation System as a Framework for the Co-Generation of Policy: an Action Research Approach (2018).
    • Karlsen James Tommy What can a small university college do? (2018).
    • Karlsen James Tommy ‘Strange bird’: A peripheral university college in a complex, peripheral region (2018).
    • Benneworth Paul, Zeeman N., Pinheiro Romulo, Karlsen James Tommy, National higher education policies challenging universities’ regional engagement activities (2017). Ekonomiaz : Revista Vasca de Economía . ISSN 0213-3865. 92 (2), s 113 - 139
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Beseda Jan, Šima Karel, Zyzak Barbara, Outsiders or Leaders? The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Development of Peripheral Regions (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 463 - 479 doi: 10.1057/s41307-017-0065-5
    • Kyllingstad Nina, Karlsen James Tommy, Smidova Mikaela, Smidova Olga, Regional Development: Lifelong Learning as a Priority in Norway and the Czech Republic? (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 499 - 516
    • Benneworth Paul, Pinheiro Romulo, Karlsen James Tommy, Strategic agency and institutional change: investigating the role of universities in regional innovation systems (RISs) (2017). Regional studies . ISSN 0034-3404. 51 (2), s 235 - 248 doi: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1215599
    • Billington Mary Genevieve, Karlsen James Tommy, Mathisen Line, Pettersen Inger Beate, Unfolding the relationship between resilient firms and the region (2017). European Planning Studies . ISSN 0965-4313. 25 (3), s 425 - 442 doi: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1276886
    • Pinheiro Romulo, Karlsen James Tommy, Kohoutek Jan, Young Mitchell, Universities' Third Mission: Global Discourses and National Imperatives (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 425 - 442 doi: 10.1057/s41307-017-0057-5
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Collective knowing (2016).
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Innovation in peripheral regions (2016).
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Moving context from the background to the forefront of policy learning: Reflections on a case in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country. (2016). Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy . ISSN 0263-774X. 10 (2), s - doi: 10.1177/0263774X16642442
    • Flåten Bjørn-Tore, Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Competitive firms in thin regions in Norway: The importance of workplace learning (2015). Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift . ISSN 0029-1951. 69 (2), s 102 - 111 doi: 10.1080/00291951.2015.1016875
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, The contribution of Action Research to policy learning: The case of Gipuzkoa Sarean (2014). International Journal of Action Research . ISSN 1861-1303. 10 (2), s 129 - 155 doi: 10.1688/IJAR-2014-02-Karlsen
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Can small regions construct regional advantages? The case of four Norwegian regions (2013). European Urban and Regional Studies . ISSN 0969-7764. 20 (2), s 243 - 257 doi: 10.1177/0969776412439200
    • Karlsen James Tommy Innovasjon i offentlig sektor (2013).
    • Karlsen James Tommy The Role of Anchor Companies in Thin Regional Innovation Systems Lessons from Norway (2013). Systemic Practice and Action Research . ISSN 1094-429X. 26 (1), s 89 - 98 doi: 10.1007/s11213-012-9266-4
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Aranguren Mari Jose, Larrea Miren, Wilson James R., The development of action research processes and their impacts on socio-economic development in the Basque Country (2013).
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Wilson James R., Aranguren Mari Jose, Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Regional Development in the Basque Country (2012). European Journal of Education . ISSN 0141-8211. 47 (1), s 122 - 138 doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3435.2011.01512.x
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Changing regional collaborative relations in a global economy - A case study of the oil and gas equipment supplier cluster in Agder (2012).
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Combined and Complex Mode of Innovation in Regional Cluster Development: Analysis of the Light-Weight Material Cluster in Raufoss, Norway (2012).
    • Doloreux David, Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Dionne Steve, Constructing regional advantage in non-metropolitan regions: A comparison between La Pocatiere (Canada) and Tromso (Norway) (2012). Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift . ISSN 0029-1951. 66 (3), s 144 - 154 doi: 10.1080/00291951.2012.681687
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Emergence of shared leadership in situations of conflict - Mission impossible? Long-term experiences from a local policy network in the Basque Country (2012).
    • Aslesen Heidi Wiig, Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Modes of innovation and differentiated responses to globalisation - A case study of innovation modes in the Agder region, Norway (2012). Journal of the Knowledge Economy . ISSN 1868-7865. 3 (4), s 389 - 405 doi: 10.1007/s13132-011-0060-9
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea M., Aranguren Mari Jose, New Policy Approaches to develop Innovative Territories: developing Trust and Behavioural Additionally in Gipuzkoa (2012).
    • Aranguren Mari Jose, Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Regional Collaboration: The Glue that Makes Innovation Happen? (2012).
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, What Is Regional in Regional Clusters? The Case of the Globally Oriented Oil and Gas Cluster in Agder, Norway (2012). Industry and Innovation . ISSN 1366-2716. 19 (3), s 249 - 263 doi: 10.1080/13662716.2012.669616
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Isaksen Arne, Det systemiske forskningsperspektivet på regionale innovasjonsprosesser. Utfordringer for regionale forskningsfond (2011).
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Organisational Learning, Supportive Innovation Systems and Implications for Policy Formulation (2011). Journal of the Knowledge Economy . ISSN 1868-7865. 2 (4), s 453 - 462 doi: 10.1007/s13132-011-0063-6
    • Karlsen James, Isaksen Arne, Spilling Olav R, The challenge of constructing regional advantages in peripheral areas: The case of marine biotechnology in Tromsø, Norway (2011). Entrepreneurship and Regional Development . ISSN 0898-5626. 23 (3-4), s 235 - 257 doi: 10.1080/08985620903233945
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James Tommy, Different Modes of Innovation and the Challenge of Connecting Universities and Industry: Case Studies of Two Regional Industries in Norway (2010). European Planning Studies . ISSN 0965-4313. 18 (12), s 1993 - 2008 doi: 10.1080/09654313.2010.516523
    • Karlsen James Regional complexity and the need for engaged governance (2010). Ekonomiaz : Revista Vasca de Economía . ISSN 0213-3865. 74 s 91 - 111
    • Isaksen Arne, Karlsen James, Næringsutvikling og regionbygging. Utfordringer for Agder (2009).
    • Johnsen Hans Chr. Garman, Karlsen James, Normann Roger, Fosse Jens Kristian, The contradictory nature of knowledge : a challenge for understanding innovation in a local context and workplace development and for doing Action Research (2009). AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence . ISSN 0951-5666. 23 (1), s 85 - 89
    • Karlsen James Universitetets regionale rolle: Skaper av ny kunnskap eller akademisk kapitalist (2009).
    • Karlsen James Læring, kunnskap og innovasjon fra et organisatorisk ståsted (2008).
    • Johnsen Hans Chr. Garman, Karlsen James, Action Research in a Complex Context (2005).
    • Johnsen Hans Chr. Garman, Lysgård Hans Kjetil, Kvaale Gro, Fosse Jens Kristian, Normann Roger, Karlsen James, The Agder Story (2005). AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence . ISSN 0951-5666. 19 (4), s 430 - 441
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2015). Desarrollo territorial e investigación acción: Innovación a través del diálogo. ISBN 978-84-15772-92-7. 170 s.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2014). Territorial Development and Action Research: Innovation through Dialogue. Routledge. ISBN 9781472409232. 198 s.
    • Bråstad, Kjell Grindheim, Jan Erik Hundstad, Dag Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Knudsen, Jon P. Masdalen, Kjell-Olav niemi, einar Seland, Bjørg (2009). Regionen. Historiske perspektiver, aktuelle utfordringer. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget. ISBN 9788276348361. 163 s.
    • Karlsen James Tommy ‘Strange bird’: A peripheral university college in a complex, peripheral region (2018).
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, Regional Innovation System as a Framework for the Co-Generation of Policy: an Action Research Approach (2018).
    • Karlsen James Tommy What can a small university college do? (2018).
    • Benneworth Paul, Zeeman N., Pinheiro Romulo, Karlsen James Tommy, National higher education policies challenging universities’ regional engagement activities (2017). Ekonomiaz : Revista Vasca de Economía . ISSN 0213-3865. 92 (2), s 113 - 139
    • Kyllingstad Nina, Karlsen James Tommy, Smidova Mikaela, Smidova Olga, Regional Development: Lifelong Learning as a Priority in Norway and the Czech Republic? (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 499 - 516
    • Pinheiro Romulo, Karlsen James Tommy, Kohoutek Jan, Young Mitchell, Universities' Third Mission: Global Discourses and National Imperatives (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 425 - 442 doi: 10.1057/s41307-017-0057-5
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Beseda Jan, Šima Karel, Zyzak Barbara, Outsiders or Leaders? The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Development of Peripheral Regions (2017). Higher Education Policy . ISSN 0952-8733. 30 (4), s 463 - 479 doi: 10.1057/s41307-017-0065-5
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, The regionally engaged university: Addressing the knowledge barrier (2017).
    • Karlsen James Tommy, Larrea Miren, The Regionally Engaged University: An Action Research Approach (2017).
    • Karlsen James Tommy I dag var i går i morgen: Næringsutvikling i sjøsamiske områder (2017).

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