Erik Thorstensen - AFINO
I am a researcher at OsloMet. For me, AFINO is the possibility to discuss with actors in the research and innovation system how Norway and Norwegian institutions might turn the direction of the research system towards producing more sustainable research processes, outcomes, and impacts. These changes need to happen now. AFINO offers a potential for finding good practices and suggesting novel ways of working together.
My own research is motivated by a drive to understand how and why societies, institutions, and individuals value and discuss changes in climate, nature, ageing, history, and religion, as well as technological solutions inside one or several of these categories. I understand the challenge for the research and innovation system to be based on a fundamental change in distributive thinking. Much of our earlier thinking on climate, nature, ageing, history, religion has been based on the premise that there is a scarcity of resources. What I believe we see today is the opposite. We have too much food, too large fossil energy reserves, too many weapons and too large emissions. The distribution of goods as well damages us in dire straits. I want to understand this novel situation.