New position, new project up and running, heading to China and Japan

So I’ve moved to Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) now – the interdisciplinary research institute of the School of Business Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. From the webpage:

Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Here researchers work in programme format on projects that are highly relevant to current business developments and contemporary society. We conduct research in subjects like business administration, ethnology, sociology, law, psychology, education, Swedish language, technology, and environmental science.

While the Department of Shipping and Technology at Chalmers, from which I moved, was also interdisciplinary, GRI is very different. With the exemption of the PhD students taking Barbara Czarniawska’s graduate course in qualitative research, people are only here to do research. Collegiality being the norm, administration and general management is  kept to a minimum. I really like it.

I had a meeting with Harry Robertsson and Jacob Norrby of Stena Teknik today, to start planning my case study of a series of ships they’ve ordered – the IMOIIMAX series. Probably the most energy efficient MR tanker in the world:

I’ll be starting a series of interviews within Stena Teknik next week, and then, according to the actor-network theory method I’ve chosen for this project, following the actors wherever they go. Not in the least to the shipyard in Guangzhou, China, where the ships are built!

In March next year, if nothing out of the ordinary happens, we will be moving to Japan for half a year so that I can do some field research in the Japanese shipping sector, on energy and innovation. Thanks to Professors Yarime Masaru and Heng Yee Kuang, I will be a visiting research fellow at the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo.


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