Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen

Position: 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
Affiliation: 
University of Helsinki, Finland
ESA Executive Committee member 2015-2019
Doing Sociology – Funding, Teaching & Opportunities

Why (Not) to Commercialise Sociological Research

2019, issue 43, Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen: Sociological research is under pressure. Budget cuts at universities create the need to tap new funding sources. Many policymakers and university administrators suggest that a solution would be to raise funding through research commercialisation, meaning by turning research findings into goods and services that can be sold on the market. Such a practice is already established in the sciences, where it often takes on the form of cooperation with established companies, and the creation of spin-off companies.

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