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Alina Kontareva, "University Structure, IT Dynamics, and Regional Development"

STS/CSIS Food for Thought Event
When Dec 09, 2014
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SSH 1246
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Abstract: The success of a knowledge-dense industry is dependent on the way in which knowledge, information and technological exchange is organized within the localized professional community. A university can be perceived as a part of the regional knowledge ecology, contributing to the community through technology transfer and  the expertise of highly qualified staff. In return, it adjusts and adapts to the regional transformations and any new demands that might come from industry or local and federal regulations . Education and training, customized to meet the needs of local IT companies, can be the way a university becomes integrated into its regional context and creates channels for the transfer of technology. These processes are relevant to the early stages of regional development. Analysis of processes, related to education, can provide data for specifying targeted strategies for regional transformations, reveal actors involved in regional change, and discover the ways by which the local market is being shaped.

I will use data on the Russian peripheral region, which is building a knowledge-based economy but is experiencing a lack of IT specialists. The main focus of regional development is on the university’s participation, primarily on its role in human capital development. I suggest that these changes affect the system of higher education in general and offer a network approach as the framework for analysis of a new type of “flexible” university.

This research is part of the Russian Computer Scientists Project.

Alina Kontareva is a visiting scholar in the STS Department at UC Davis and a PhD candidate in Sociology at European University at St. Petersburg, Russia (EUSP). After recieving her MA degree in philology on the topic of scientific communication on-line at Herzen State Pedagogical University (2011), she completed a Master program in STS at EUSP (2013). As MA student she focused on STS classics and laboratory studies and had been investigating modes of communication in a biological laboratory. Her current PhD project deals with innovation activity and regional development in Russia.

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