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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 

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    Scientific publications

    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2018). Regional Innovation System as a Framework for the Co-Generation of Policy: an Action Research Approach. New Avenues for Regional Innovation Systems - Theoretical Advances, Empirical Cases and Policy Lessons. ISBN: 9783319716602. Springer Nature. 12. s 257 - 274.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy (2018). What can a small university college do?. Higher Education and Regional Development : Tales from Northern and Central Europe. ISBN: 978-3-319-78643-8. Palgrave Macmillan. 5. s 111 - 134.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy (2018). ‘Strange bird’: A peripheral university college in a complex, peripheral region. Universities and Regional Economic Development : Engaging with the Periphery. ISBN: 978-1-138-05127-0. Routledge. 5. s 58 - 75.
    • Benneworth, Paul Zeeman, N. Pinheiro, Romulo Karlsen, James Tommy (2017). National higher education policies challenging universities’ regional engagement activities. Ekonomiaz : Revista Vasca de Economía. ISSN: 0213-3865. 92 (2). s 113 - 139.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Beseda, Jan Šima, Karel Zyzak, Barbara (2017). Outsiders or Leaders? The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Development of Peripheral Regions. 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 (2017). Regional Development: Lifelong Learning as a Priority in Norway and the Czech Republic?. Higher Education Policy. ISSN: 0952-8733. 30 (4). s 499 - 516.
    • Benneworth, Paul Pinheiro, Romulo Karlsen, James Tommy (2016). Strategic agency and institutional change: investigating the role of universities in regional innovation systems (RISs). 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 (2017). Unfolding the relationship between resilient firms and the region. 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 (2017). Universities' Third Mission: Global Discourses and National Imperatives. Higher Education Policy. ISSN: 0952-8733. 30 (4). s 425 - 442. doi:10.1057/s41307-017-0057-5.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2016). Collective knowing. Applied social science research in a regional knowledge system. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8782-7. Routledge. 4. s 75 - 89.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2016). Innovation in peripheral regions. Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation. ISBN: 978-1-78471-076-7. Edward Elgar Publishing. Kapittel 16. s 277 - 285.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2016). Moving context from the background to the forefront of policy learning: Reflections on a case in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country.. Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy. ISSN: 0263-774X. 10 (2). doi:10.1177/0263774X16642442.
    • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2015). Competitive firms in thin regions in Norway: The importance of workplace learning. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0029-1951. 69 (2). s 102 - 111. doi:10.1080/00291951.2015.1016875.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2014). The contribution of Action Research to policy learning: The case of Gipuzkoa Sarean. 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 (2012). Can small regions construct regional advantages? The case of four Norwegian regions. European Urban and Regional Studies. ISSN: 0969-7764. 20 (2). s 243 - 257. doi:10.1177/0969776412439200.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy (2013). Innovasjon i offentlig sektor. Innovasjon - organisasjon, region, politikk. ISBN: 978-82-02-38331-2. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 5. s 101 - 123.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy (2013). The Role of Anchor Companies in Thin Regional Innovation Systems Lessons from Norway. 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. (2013). The development of action research processes and their impacts on socio-economic development in the Basque Country. Leadership and Cooperation in Academia : Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management. ISBN: 9781781001813. Edward Elgar Publishing. 14. s 216 - 233.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren Wilson, James R. Aranguren, Mari Jose (2012). Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Regional Development in the Basque Country. 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 (2012). Changing regional collaborative relations in a global economy - A case study of the oil and gas equipment supplier cluster in Agder. Creating Collaborative Advantage : innovation and knowledge creation in regional economies. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0333-3. Gower Publishing Ltd.. Kapittel.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2012). Combined and Complex Mode of Innovation in Regional Cluster Development: Analysis of the Light-Weight Material Cluster in Raufoss, Norway. Interactive Learning for Innovation. A Key Driver within Clusters and Innovation Systems. ISBN: 978-0-230-29876-7. Palgrave Macmillan. Kapittel 5. s 115 - 136.
    • Doloreux, David Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy Dionne, Steve (2012). Constructing regional advantage in non-metropolitan regions: A comparison between La Pocatiere (Canada) and Tromso (Norway). Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0029-1951. 66 (3). s 144 - 154. doi:10.1080/00291951.2012.681687.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2012). Emergence of shared leadership in situations of conflict - Mission impossible? Long-term experiences from a local policy network in the Basque Country. Leadership and Change in Sustainable Regional Development. ISBN: 9780415678940. Routledge. 11. s 213 - 233.
    • Aslesen, Heidi Wiig Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2011). Modes of innovation and differentiated responses to globalisation - A case study of innovation modes in the Agder region, Norway. 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 (2012). New Policy Approaches to develop Innovative Territories: developing Trust and Behavioural Additionally in Gipuzkoa. Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience. ISBN: 0857935747. Edward Elgar Publishing. kapittel 6. s 150 - 165.
    • Aranguren, Mari Jose Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2012). Regional Collaboration: The Glue that Makes Innovation Happen?. Creating Collaborative Advantage : innovation and knowledge creation in regional economies. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0333-3. Gower Publishing Ltd.. 8. s 123 - 138.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2012). What Is Regional in Regional Clusters? The Case of the Globally Oriented Oil and Gas Cluster in Agder, Norway. Industry and Innovation. ISSN: 1366-2716. 19 (3). s 249 - 263. doi:10.1080/13662716.2012.669616.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Isaksen, Arne (2011). Det systemiske forskningsperspektivet på regionale innovasjonsprosesser. Utfordringer for regionale forskningsfond. Hva er innovasjon? Perspektiver i norsk innovasjonsforskning. Bind 1: system og institusjon. ISBN: 9788276349511. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget. Kapittel 7. s 196 - 218.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2011). Organisational Learning, Supportive Innovation Systems and Implications for Policy Formulation. 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 (2011). The challenge of constructing regional advantages in peripheral areas: The case of marine biotechnology in Tromsø, Norway. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. ISSN: 0898-5626. 23 (3-4). s 235 - 257. doi:10.1080/08985620903233945.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James Tommy (2010). Different Modes of Innovation and the Challenge of Connecting Universities and Industry: Case Studies of Two Regional Industries in Norway. European Planning Studies. ISSN: 0965-4313. 18 (12). s 1993 - 2008. doi:10.1080/09654313.2010.516523.
    • Karlsen, James (2010). Regional complexity and the need for engaged governance. Ekonomiaz : Revista Vasca de Economía. ISSN: 0213-3865. 74s 91 - 111.
    • Isaksen, Arne Karlsen, James (2009). Næringsutvikling og regionbygging. Utfordringer for Agder. Regionen - historiske perspektiver, aktuelle utfordringer. Høyskoleforlaget. faglig_bok_forlag. s 131 - 147.
    • Johnsen, Hans Chr. Garman Karlsen, James Normann, Roger Fosse, Jens Kristian (2009). The contradictory nature of knowledge : a challenge for understanding innovation in a local context and workplace development and for doing Action Research. AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence. ISSN: 0951-5666. 23 (1). s 85 - 89.
    • Karlsen, James (2009). Universitetets regionale rolle: Skaper av ny kunnskap eller akademisk kapitalist. Å forske blant sine egne. Universitet og region - nærhet og uavhengighet. ISBN: 978-82-7634-815-6. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget. -. s 49 - 72.
    • Karlsen, James (2008). Læring, kunnskap og innovasjon fra et organisatorisk ståsted. Isaksen, A., Karlsen, A. og Sæther, B. (red.), Innovasjoner i norske næringer - et geografisk perspektiv. Fagbokforlaget. faglig_bok_forlag. s 81 - 97.
    • Johnsen, Hans Chr. Garman Karlsen, James (2005). Action Research in a Complex Context. Papersamling - aktionsforskningskonference 2004 : metoder i aktionsforskning : 3. nationale aktionskonference afholdt på Aalborg Universitet den 4. og 5. november 2004. Dansk Aktionsforskningsnetværk. faglig_bok_forlag.
    • Johnsen, Hans Chr. Garman Lysgård, Hans Kjetil Kvaale, Gro Fosse, Jens Kristian Normann, Roger Karlsen, James (2005). The Agder Story. 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. Universidad de Deusto. s 170.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2014). Territorial Development and Action Research: Innovation through Dialogue. ISBN: 9781472409232. Routledge. s 198.
    • 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. ISBN: 9788276348361. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget. s 163.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2018). HEIs and Responsible Regional Engagement?.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy (2018). What can we learn from the emergency of a Maritime CleanTech Cluster in Norway?.
    • Karlsen, James Tommy Larrea, Miren (2017). The regionally engaged university: Addressing the knowledge barrier.

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