James Karlsen is Associate Professor at University of Agder, Senior Researcher at Agderforskning, Norway, and Senior Researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness.
In his research James focuses especially on processes related to territorial development, action research, regional innovation and organizational learning. In the Basque Country, he has especially been working with territorial development in the long-term action research project Gipuzkoa Sarean. He has a long publication list of academic articles and book chapters. His last book Territorial Development and Action Research: Innovation through Dialogue (Gower 2015) was written together with Senior Researcher Miren Larrea from Orkestra.
James is currently working on a research project about knowledge flow in and between organizations connected to the Norwegian Research program VRI.
Before he started his research path, James had worked ten years in the public sector in Norway, such as a adviser in Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, and special adviser and Chief County Planning Officer in Finnmark County. James worked with industrial and regional development both on the national, regional and local level.