PhD Fellows – University of Copenhagen

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Simon Westergaard Lex

Simon Westergaard Lex

Assistant professor

Primary research areas

Regional: Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden), Latin America (Venezuela and Colombia).

Themes:

Innovation, Organization, Collaboration, Knowledge Economy.

Current research areas:

I am part of the research project CoNeXT (www.conext.ku.dk), and here my main focal area is collaboration between industry and University.

Keywords: Knowledge Economy, Collaboration, Trans-disciplinarity, Innovation.

I am also part of the Business and Organisational research group.

Innovation

I explore contemporary understandings and practices of “innovation” in private and public organisations. Here, I dig “into the box” with an aim of making sense of daily practices and interactions in the creation, negotiation and commercialisation of new ideas, prototypes, products or services.

I ask what happens when the business developer, the entrepreneur, the consultant, the manager or the anthropologist put on the “innovative” hat?

Collaboration

Methodologically, I experiment with my role and position as a researcher working in the field and collaborating with interlocutors.

I strive to engage and collaborate with people in the field and exchange insights from different disciplinary positions and knowledge domains.

I explore the balance between participation and observation, performance and composition and immersion and reflection and as such I hope to co-produce insights of both practical and theoretical relevance.

Politics and culture in South America

Since 2000 I have studied political and cultural developments in South America, with an interest in leftist political programmes as for example the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

Teaching

I teach the courses ”Innovation & Co-creation”, ”The Anthropology of Innovation and Design and “The Anthropological Projekt: Anthropreneurship”.

I supervise in the field of Business and Organisational Anthropology.

Primary fields of research

Thematic: Innovation, design, organisation, collaboration, business anthropologi.

Regional: Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweeden), Latinamerica (Venezuela og Colombia).

I am a member of the research group Business and Organisation at the department of Anthropology, UCPH.

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