A bottom-up strategy for establishment of EER in three Nordic countries – the role of networks

Kristina Edström, Anette Kolmos, Lauri Malmi, Jonte Bernhard, Pernille Hammar Andersson

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This paper investigates the emergence of an engineering education research (EER) community in three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden. First, an overview of the current state of Nordic EER authorship is produced through statistics on international publication. Then, the history of EER and its precursor activities is described in three national narratives. These national storylines are tied together in a description of recent networking activities, aiming to strengthen the EER communities on the Nordic level. Taking these three perspectives together, and drawing on concepts from community of practice theory, network theory and learning network theory, we discuss factors behind the differences in the countries, and draw some conclusions about implications for networking activities in a heterogeneous community. Further, we discuss the role of networks for affording a joint identity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Pages (from-to)219-234
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Community building
  • Engineering education research
  • Network theory
  • Nordic engineering education research
  • Research networks


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