“There is a need to revisit the approaches for transferring occupational health and safety research knowledge into practice”
21st of April 2020
Course leader presentation: Ulrik Gensby
From Research to Practice in Occupational Health and Safety
7th – 9th of September 2020, Lysebu hotel, Oslo area, Norway
What is your background?
My engagement in occupational health and safety research is driven by a global vision of building capacity in workplaces to prevent and manage work disability. I take a practice-oriented and interactive research approach to engage researchers and research users in creating and translating research knowledge into action that can improve workplace policies and practices.
Why do you think that From Research to Practice in Occupational Health and Safety is an important and current issue to discuss in 2020?
There is a need to revisit the approaches for transferring occupational health and safety research knowledge into practice. We ought to move beyond simple linear knowledge dissemination and find better ways to support researchers in engaging knowledge brokers and knowledge users in defining problems and translating research knowledge to problem-solving. Both research institutions and funding agencies could view it as a scientific task to study ways to build in some form of knowledge exchange and capacity building with relevant stakeholders to support the use of research knowledge in practice.
What do you want to say to the participants of the course?
Participants with different disciplinary and professional backgrounds will be given the opportunity to present their projects and share their experiences with knowledge transfer and exchange in an interactive way to explore and discuss how a knowledge transfer and exchange approach may be relevant for their own work. This year I look forward to discussing the role and function of knowledge brokers in bridging research and practice in OHS. I hope that the coursework and lecturers will give the participants input and feedback on how to proceed with knowledge transfer and exchange strategies and methods in their future research and dialogue with relevant stakeholders in their own context.