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Introduction

The increasing interdependency of localities, nations and regions demands that social research should question its earlier, naturalised methodological nationalism. The intensifying, often digitalised interconnectedness and interaction between individuals, identities, cultures and systems of governance requires new ways of analysing and understanding various interfaces.

The scarcity of resources and the competition for them as well as the inequality of their distribution heighten the risk of social conflicts inside and between states and demands that social research pays more attention to the diversity of experiences and knowledges in societies. Overall, such trends highlight the complexity and wickedness of problems as well as the fact that the challenges cannot be governed, managed, or solved without developing new forms of participation and inclusion of all members of society.

Put briefly: the Kuhnian “normal science”, disciplinary-based knowledge, is no longer adequate in making sense of the obstacles we face. That is why the New Social Research (NSR) programme brings together key actors from several schools and disciplines, integrating both new recruits and already existing key staff working towards more integrated research. NSR combines analytical and descriptive, as well as solution-oriented and constructive research approaches in order to meet the complex challenges.

There is an urgent need to understand the fluid social dynamics at play in the general change. Additionally, social research helps to critically appreciate local cultural traditions and knowledges, which is a key resource for finding effective and legitimate responses to new challenges. Valid and relevant social research needs to be effectively global and interconnected and well versed in local knowledge, too.

The long tradition and critical mass in social research at the University of Tampere (UTA) offers good possibilities to face these challenges.  UTA has a flexible structure, excellent research infrastructures, good networks and an actively developing culture of multidisciplinary research and teaching.

 

 
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