University academics' experiences and imaginaries of responsibility towards the public (PhD project) (completed)

Based on qualitative interviews with academics from four different disciplines at the University of Oslo I explore the various ways in which responsibility towards the public is experienced and imagined.

About the project

The literature on the macro level changes within academia and higher education is extensive, and report about new responsibility conditions for academic institutions. There is however few empirical studies exploring what these new responsibility conditions actually mean for the inner life of academia. Literature on responsibility on the other hand, tend to take an individualized perspective, focusing on personal moral motivation and judgment. In this project I aim at bridging this gap between the macro level studies of changing knowledge landscapes and the person centered studies of responsibility. I do this by using the conceptual framework of epistemic living spaces, which brings together the institutional, the collective and the individual. The study can contribute to our understanding of what responsibility towards the public means for those living and working in academic institutions.


Basic research


The Ethics Programme at the University of Oslo


Tags: Responsiblity, Higher education
Published Sep. 28, 2010 10:14 AM - Last modified May 20, 2016 12:02 PM


Ester Fremstad

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