NTNU Globalization Research Programme
Welcome to the site of the strategic research area Globalization at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Globalization affects most scientific disciplines in fundamental ways, and an interdisciplinary approach is critical for understanding the multiple drivers and impacts of globalization. This poses new challenges for individual disciplines, including theoretical and methodological challenges, as well as challenges related to content and the objects of research foci. Such challenges, however, encourage academic originality and innovation.
NTNU's Globalization Research Programme is one of six strategic research areas identified by the university as especially important for the 21st century. The other research areas are
- Energy and Petroleum - Resources and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
- Marine and Maritime Technology
- Medical Technology
NTNU's Globalization Research Programme addresses socially-relevant, topical issues concerning the promises and pitfalls of globalization in economic, social and political life. This program is based on NTNU's long-standing tradition of addressing technology's role in solving social problems, combining academic excellence, interdisciplinarity, and cooperation between science and practice. The Globalization Research Programme houses researchers and research fellows from the humanities, social sciences, architecture, technology management, and medicine. The programme sponsors international conferences, workshops and lectures, and supports research projects and PhD candidates involved in a wide variety of research. The key goal of the program is to undertake cutting-edge research on globalization and to disseminate research findings through international publications, conferences, and projects. Project support comes from The Research Council of Norway, the European Union, international networks, collaboration with industry, and from NTNU.
The research program centers on four focus areas. Global Production and Communication research addresses sustainability in production and examines ways in which sustainability can be a driver for innovations. War, Conflict and Migration examines globalization's role in questions of war and peace and flows of goods and people and the health and wellbeing of communities. Intercultural Dynamics: Communication, Responsibility and Development addresses cultural and ethical aspects of governance and social development. Global Economic Flows, Governance and Stability addresses issues of global financial flows, debt crisis and the management of natural resources and governance.
Globalization conference 13 June 2013
Final globalization conference: 13 June 2013: Download the program here.
New pubication from Ragnar Torvik
Ragnar Torvik's latest paper entitled 'The need for enemies' ,co-authored with L. Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes), J. A. Robinson (Harvard University) and J.F. Vargas (Universidad del Rosario), is featured in the editorial of a Colombian news magazine El Espectador. This is one of Colombia's largest magazines, with 700,000 weekly. For google translation of the editorial click here.
You will also find a press release of the paper here: http://www.180.com.uy/articulo/28832_Alvaro-Uribe-y-la-necesidad-del-enemigo
Globalization in the media
Natural resources are not really a course at all: says Christa Brunnschweiler (Globalization post doctoral fellow and researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). See review on The Economist
Given the significant uncertainties about developments in the world economy and the dilemma of how to balance various risks, it is difficult to argue that Norges Bank has made any major mistakes. But it should be more independent institution – Says the independent evaluation committee lead by Professor Ragnar Torvik (leader of the Globalization Research Programme). See review on E24
The United States arms most dictatorship: Interview with globalization researcher Professor Indra de Soysa on ScienceNordic (an online news magazine covering research in the Nordic countries)
Globalization research featured at CNN
Aasprong, H. 2012. Recreating the banana grower:: the role of private certification systems in the windward Island's banana industry. Cultural Unbound 4: 721—745.
Aspelund, Arild and Flaam, Moen Carina (2012). International new ventures and governance structure. Journal of management and Governance 16(1): 125—146.
Attanapola, C.T.; Brun, C. & Lund, R. (2013). Working gender after crisis. Partnerships and disconnections in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami. Gender, Place and Culture 20(1): 70—86.
Berg, B. (Ed) 2012. Innvandring og funksjonshemming: Minoritetfamilier I møte med tjenesteapparatet. Universitetsforlaget.
Berg, B. (2012). Lost in translation - Communicating disability in a multi-ethnic society. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 56(7-8): 728 – 728.
Berg, B. and Valenta, M. (2012). Asylsøker i velferdsstatens venterom. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
Bergholt, D. and Lujala, P. (2012). ‘Climate-related Natural Disasters, Economic Growth, and Armed Civil Conflict', 2012. Journal of Peace Research 47(1): 147 – 162.
Dahl-Jørgensen, Carla and Rapport, Nigel (2012). Introduction: Experiencing Work in a Global Context. Anthropology in Action 19(1): 2—7.
Giskeødegård, M.F. 2012. The right kind of feedback: Working through standardized tools. Cultural Unbound 4: 699—720.
Larsen, T. 2012. Introduction: Objectification, measurement and standardization. Cultural Unbound 4: 579—584.
Lujala, P. and Siri Aas Rustad (eds.) (2012). High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peace building. New York: Earthscan.
Løvdal Nicolai and Aspelund, Arild (2012). Characterisitcs of born global industries—the birth of offshore renewables. In Handbook of research on born globals.
Nichols, S.S.; Lujala, P. and Bruch, C. (2011). When Peace building Meets the Plan: Natural Resource Governance and Post-Conflict Recovery. The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations 12: 9 – 24.
Palttala, Pauliina; Boano, Camillo; Lund, Ragnhild and Vos, Marita (2012). Communication Gaps in Disaster Management: Perceptions by Experts from Governmental and Non Governmental Organizations. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 20(1): 2—12.