Taran Mari Thune
My academic interests are innovation processes, innovation collaboration and networks, industrial R&D and innovation, knowledge transfer mechanisms, the role of universities in innovation and public sector innovation.
I have also published several articles and book chapters on the academic population, and in particular on the role of academics and students as mechanisms of knowledge transfer between universities and the private and public sector.
Research projects and teaching
I currently work on three main research projects: innovation in the public sector (particularly in health care), the impact of science in public sector organisations, and sectoral innovation systems' transformations. The latter work has focused on the role of innovation in recent transformations of the Norwegian petroleum industry, and the forthcoming book "Transformations in Petroleum: Lessons from Norway and Beyond" (Routledge, August 2018).
I currently direct INTRANSIT - Innovation Policy for Industrial Tranformation, Sustainability and Digitalization, co-direct the Oslo Institute for the Research on the Impact of Science (OSIRIS) and lead the research project SIVAC. I participate in several other research projects, mainly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
I teach at the TIK Master program and I am currently responsible for the introduction module in TIK4001. I also teach in the TIK4021 course, and in TIK's PhD courses. I supervise several students at master and PhD level.
I have a Dr. Oecon degree from the Norwegian School of Management (2006). The topic of my doctoral dissertation was university-industry partnerships. I also have a Master of Philosophy Degree in Comparative and International Education (2000).
Before starting at TIK I worked at the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Reserch and Education (NIFU), as a senior researcher and later research director. I have also worked at the Work Research Institute in Oslo and the Norwegian School of Management. I have been visiting scholar at Stanford University and Ingenio at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. I currently serve on the boards of OsloTech and NORSI.