Interdisciplining the University: Prospects for Sustainable Knowledge Production

Project leader: Mikko E.M. Salmela, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki

Funding: € 480 000, Academy of Finland, 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020

This project scrutinizes the tensions that arise from the recent shift from discipline-driven to more demand-driven university research, which is characterized by a greater significance of inter- and transdisciplinarity. We examine the implications of these tensions for the social and cognitive mechanisms that give scientific knowledge its distinctive epistemic character. While such mechanisms are emphasized in the philosophy of science, their nature and operation in changing institutional contexts is not well understood. To fill this gap, we conduct a philosophically grounded, yet policy relevant, case study at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), which is currently undergoing a radical structural change. We explore how the reorganization of LUT research into strategically designed interdisciplinary research platforms influences the dynamics of knowledge production, and evaluate the consequences of these changes for the epistemic sustainability of university research.

Schlagworte: science governance, organizational change, academic knowledge production, inter- and transdisciplinarity, research platforms
Kurztitel: Interdisciplining the University
Zeitraum: 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
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MitarbeiterInnen Funktion Zeitraum
Martina Merz (intern)
  • Kooperationspartner/in
  • 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
Mikko Salmela (extern)
  • Projektleiter/in
  • 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
Miles MacLeod (extern)
  • Kooperationspartner/in
  • 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020


Projekttyp laufender Arbeitsschwerpunkt
Förderungstyp Sonstiger
  • Grundlagenforschung
  • 603122 - Technikphilosophie
  • 603124 - Wissenschaftstheorie
  • 504008 - Ethnographie
  • 506009 - Organisationstheorie
  • 509017 - Wissenschaftsforschung
Forschungscluster Kein Forschungscluster ausgewählt
Genderrelevanz Genderrelevanz nicht ausgewählt
  • Science to Science (Qualitätsindikator: I)
Klassifikationsraster der zugeordneten Organisationseinheiten:
Arbeitsgruppen Keine Arbeitsgruppe ausgewählt


Keine Förderprogramme vorhanden