Copenhagen Change Academy

The Copenhagen Change Academy is a research and communication project, which shall support collaborations between researchers and practitioners with a view to solving complex societal challenges. In the period 2022-2024, we will be communicating best practice experiences, establishing the framework conditions for successful research-practice collaborations and developing a resource bank supporting future partnerships.

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The Copenhagen Change Academy shall meet the demand for more mutual understanding between researchers and practitioners and ease access to interdisciplinary collaborations as well as methods and tools that can be used to design collaborations inspired by best practice cases.

The Copenhagen Change Academy is a research and communication project. It was launched in 2022 by the Crown Princess Mary Center and Realdania and is headed by Anthropologist and Professor MSO Bjarke Oxlund. The project shall generate knowledge on effective forms of research-practice cooperation with a view to facilitating future projects. The project focusses on human and social science collaborations and is aimed at researchers, fund advisers and practitioners in public and private organisations. We will communicate scientific insight on a regular basis, presenting examples, application-oriented tools, visual overviews, consultancy and partnerships. The project runs parallel to the Copenhagen Impact Lab, which is a network for decision-makers. The Copenhagen Impact Lab is a collaboration with the Velux Foundations and will run from 2022 to 2024.

In 2022, we have studied the “successful research-practice collaboration” in a series of in-depth, overview-creating studies: a case study, expert interviews and a literature review. At the end of January 2023, we will be publishing the results in so-called experience compilations and a list of application-oriented focus points. We will also be publishing a literature review that provides insight into method literature on research-practice cooperation.

In 2023, we will be studying the “good infrastructure” of research-practice collaborations and collecting international best practice experiences, which may serve as inspiration in a Danish context. With regard to communicating and networking, we shall focus on developing a digital resource bank and a place where researchers and practitioners can meet.