Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Regional Development in the Basque Country
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
European Journal of Education
Special Issue: Russian Higher Education and the Post-Soviet Transition
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 122–138, March 2012
How to Cite
Karlsen, J., Larrea, M., Wilson, J. R. and Aranguren, M. J. (2012), Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Regional Development in the Basque Country. European Journal of Education, 47: 122–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3435.2011.01512.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
- knowledge co-generation;
- institutional entrepreneur;
- regional development
The discussion in this article focuses on how the gap between academic knowledge and regional development can be bridged, creating conditions for change processes between researchers and regional agents. Institutional entrepreneurs can create regional development organisations and research organisations, but in order to fulfil regional needs it is necessary to create processes where researchers and practitioners can connect and create a mutual change process. The analysis shows how new organisations have been used to create conditions for knowledge co-generation processes, a change in the language used and new work methods between researchers from Deusto University and Orkestra and regional actors over a period of 11 years in the Basque Country.