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He contributes to research reaching practice

Oscar Jonsson on the balcony of Medium Forum.
Oskar Jonsson. Photo: Lill Eriksson

It will be Oskar Jonsson who will be SWEAH's researcher with collaborative assignment of 20 percent this year. The completely new assignment includes collaborating within the welfare and community building sector, with politicians, interest organisations, business and the media - both nationally and internationally.

The goal is to strengthen the conditions for translating research results from SWEAH into practice, with benefit and impact as long-term goals - and thereby promote health and welfare.

How do we best achieve this?

- One way is for researchers and other social actors to collaborate in different parts of the research process and in the knowledge development itself. It can be difficult to translate research results that were developed in whole or in part outside the context, where the practical use is supposed to take place, says Oskar Jonsson.

What similar experiences can you draw inspiration from?

- Within design sciences, where I have my background, there is a focus on the future, utility and impact. Traditionally, research often focuses on studying what has happened before. In the research program UserAge and as activity coordinator for LU's thematic collaboration initiative, Social rights and housing for the ageing population, I have studied issues of stakeholder involvement in research on ageing and health, collaboration, utility and impact. We recently published a scientific article in Swedish about integrated knowledge transformation. My thesis project, Furniture for later life, was carried out in collaboration with several parties in the Swedish furniture industry, which also gave me a lot of experience, says Oskar Jonsson.

He starts working on this right away, but more intensively in the latter part of the year, after a research stay in Canada.

What are you most looking forward to in the new assignment?

- I look forward to contributing to systematically follow up and develop collaboration based on the research conducted within SWEAH. Initially, the assignment will be about taking a collective view of the theses that have been submitted, to look at reports of possible recipients and implications. I hope to contribute to increasing knowledge, competence and motivation to stimulate PhD students, researchers and parties outside academia, to develop working methods to bridge the gap between research and practice, says Oskar Jonsson.

The assignment may be extended, at the latest until 2026.