Visiting fellow

Johan Munck af Rosenschöld is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki and will be a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) between April and July 2019. Johan holds a doctoral degree in environmental policy from the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. During his doctoral studies, Johan was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Cornell University, USA for 12 months. His doctoral thesis was concerned with the increasing reliance on project organizations in environmental policy and governance, also called “projectification”, and its implications for achieving long-term outcomes in the context of sustainability.

Johan is currently involved in a research project funded by the Academy of Finland, “Interdisciplining the university – Prospects for sustainable knowledge production”, that empirically studies the implications of organizational reorganization to promote interdisciplinarity in a Finnish university. During his visit to AAU, he will work with Prof. Martina Merz, who is also a collaborator in the research project. They will work on three joint papers written together with research project colleagues at TINT covering the following topics: 1) institutional work in fostering interdisciplinarity and mediating organizational innovations in universities, 2) tensions arising at the micro level as a result of top-down steering toward interdisciplinarity, and 3) epistemic sustainability and risks related to the demand-driven inter- and transdisciplinarity. The papers will be presented in the following conferences this summer: European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, and European Sociological Association Conference.

Johan will give a seminar presentation at the Klagenfurt campus later this spring. More info to follow.