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Temporalities and power in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Martin Stangborli Time of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Temporalities and Power in Public Sector Coordination. Opportunity and constraint in the long-term fight against Antimicrobial Resistance» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Wednesday 30 March 2022. (Photo: Private)

There is enhanced opportunity for the coordination to endure when participants are jointly responsible to develop and run the mission. While surely no guarantee for success, it enables the coordination participants to find ‘everybody wins’ solutions that encourage long-lasting coordination.

Martin Stangborli Time

PhD Candidate

Martin Stangborli Time of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Temporalities and Power in Public Sector Coordination. Opportunity and constraint in the long-term fight against Antimicrobial Resistance» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Wednesday 30 March 2022. 

He  has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder, with specialisation in Public Administration.

Summary of the thesis by Martin Stangborli Time:

Temporalities and power in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

In the doctoral dissertation I investigate the formidable challenge which antimicrobial resistance (AMR) constitutes for public policy and administration.

The World Health Organization (WHO) characterizes AMR – pathogenic bacteria, viruses, etc., that develop resistance to medical treatment – as one of the greatest threats to global public health.

The dissertation takes as its starting point that

i)                    the AMR-threat holds a slow-moving, yet ascending, development path which calls for lasting prioritization of the crisis preventive work, and

ii)                   AMR’s adaptability and global reach necessitate the coordination of policy and implementation between policy sectors and levels of governance.

My study of the AMR governance challenge is guided by two research questions:

1) How does public organizations at various levels of governance coordinate the preventive action on AMR?

2) What are the impacts of temporality on such coordination and what can explain dynamics of power in AMR coordination?

The dissertation makes both a theoretical and empirical contribution.

Theoretically, I advance two frameworks for the analysis of

i)                    the time dimension and

ii)                   ii) power dynamics in the coordination on AMR and similar threats.

Empirically, I perform qualitative case studies

  • of the governmental, state-level, coordination in Sweden and Norway
  • the intergovernmental cooperation within the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • and the coordination which takes place at the EU-level.

All in all, the dissertation underscores two points.

  • Firstly, the authoritative structures to which coordination participants primarily submit, condition the scope of coordinated action on AMR.
  • Secondly, there is enhanced opportunity for the coordination to endure when participants are jointly responsible to develop and run the mission. While surely no guarantee for success, it enables the coordination participants to find ‘everybody wins’ solutions that encourage long-lasting coordination.

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place in.Auditorum B1 001, Campus Kristiansand and online, via the Zoom conferencing app - link below.

Dean Anne Halvorsen, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture Wednesday 30 March at 10:15 hours

Public defence Wednesday 30 March at 12:15 hours

Given topic for trial lecture«Coordination in Public Policy-Making: What Do We Still Need to Learn - and How to Find Out? Please use AMR as an empirical example»

Thesis Title:«Temporalities and Power in Public Sector Coordination. Opportunity and constraint in the long-term fight against Antimicrobial Resistance»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

https://uia.brage.unit.no/uia-xmlui/handle/11250/2985535

The CandidateMartin Stangborli Time (1986, Stavanger) Bachelors degree in European Studies (EU), University of Oslo (2010), Masters degree i Poltical Science, University of Oslo (2013).Present position:Assistant Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Inland School of Business and Social Sciences Department of Organisation, Leadership and Management, Campus Rena.

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor Klaus Goetz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitet Munchen, Germany

Second opponent: Professor Anne Lise Fimreite, University of Bergen, Norway

Associate Professor Thomas Henökl, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment committee. Henökl is for the time being on sick leave. During the trial lecture and public defence, Professor Stefan Gänzle, UiA is his deputy.

Supervisors in the doctoral work were Professor Jarle Trondal, UiA (main supervisor) and Frode Veggeland, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo (co-supervisor)