Department of Business Administration

Lund University School of Economics and Management


This project focuses on understanding the interplay between policy instruments intended to govern higher education and research (HER) and the informal rules and processes that have developed for ensuring the quality of the knowledge they produce. We refer to this as the interplay between structural and epistemic governance. An understanding of this relationship is necessary for building sustainable knowledge producing institutions and securing society’s long-term knowledge provision.

The main research question guiding the project is ‘how do policy and the science systems co-produce the conditions for sustainable knowledge provision?'

The research effort will be organized around the following three questions:

  • How are HER policy steering mechanisms enabled, disabled and transformed throughout the HER sector via the academic social system?
  • What are the most significant unintended consequences of HER policy on the HER system? 
  • What types of policy frameworks would be required to meet these challenges?


Autumn 2021 

Research Policy Seminars

The KNOWSCIENCE group holds monthly seminars discussing issues, trends, and developments in research policy. The seminars focus on the work of members and guests, as well as various papers of interest. 

More information is available here.

June 16-17, 2022 

Closing conference (by invitation only)

The KNOWSCIENCE group will hold their closing conference under the theme of “Building capacity and promoting resilience in research systems.” The small conference will focus on how technologies of research governance relate to science’s own norms and how they affect the long-term viability and resilience of research systems.

Read the conference blurb here.


Erik Brattström published Facilitating collaborative priority-setting for research and innovation: a case from the food sector in the journal of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. Using a process perspective on prioritization, the article examines conditions and activities promoting successful R&D priority-setting involving multiple stakeholders.

The article is available here.

Tomas Hellström co-authored a paper entitled Cross-Sectoral Mobility Funding and the Challenge of Immersion: The Case of SSHPublished in Minerva, the article proposes a framework for understanding the dynamic and efficacy of research funding instruments through their “immersive” potential i.e. their ability to make participants adapt to new environments and settings.

Read the article here