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PhD defence by Gerrit Willem Evers

Title of the lecture: Quantitative methods for studying university-industry interaction. Pros, cons and alternatives. NB. Due to the Covid-19 situation the thesis will be defended digitally via Microsoft Teams.


20.08.2020 kl. 13.00 - 17.00


Title of the thesis: The role of university-industry interaction for regional industrial development.

Gerrit Willem EversSummary of the thesis

The relevance of the centuries-old institution of the university has been renewed with the rise of the knowledge-based economy. Through interaction with their environment via a variety of channels universities can have an impact on their region by providing both public and private actors access to knowledge and requisite human capital. This thesis provides insight in how this impact can be realised through the university-industry knowledge transfer channels of graduate human capital and research collaborations by answering the following question:

What is the role of university–industry research collaborations and graduate production for the impact of universities on regional industrial development?

The insights are based on analyses of Danish micro-level data, Community Innovation Survey data, interview data, and other data using a variety of empirical techniques. The results highlight the importance of universities alignment with regional industries for fostering its ability to contribute to the regional industrial development. Furthermore, it argues for taking a comprehensive approach to the university-industry knowledge transfer channels, as the utilization of potential synergies between human capital production and research collaborations can increase their impact on regional industrial development.


12.40: Pre-meeting, assessment committee, moderator, observer

13.00: Welcome by Moderator

13.05: PhD presentation (40 min)

13.45: Break

14.00: Opponents examination

15.30: Questions from the audience.

16.00: End of defence


  • Associate Professor Jacob R. Holm, AAU Business School (chair)
  • Professor Alessandra Faggian, Gran Sasso Science Institute
  • Associate Professor Anders Broström, KTH Stockholm 


Professor Christian Richter Østergaard, AAU Business School


Professor Christian Nielsen, Head of AAU Business School 


Associate Professor Jens Holmgren, AAU Business School

How to participate (requires an AAU Teams account) 

Due to the Covid-19 situation the thesis will be defended digitally via Microsoft Teams. Please follow click here to participate.

Be aware that you must be muted during the whole defence, also your camera must be off.

Please be present at least 15 minutes before the defence begins. The channel opens at 12:30

Participants will during the first break email their questions to Christian Nielsen: chn@business.aau.dk. If there are no questions, the assessment committee joins in another ”room” and evaluate. Participants stay in the “Defence room” and wait for the assessment committee to join the “defence-room” again.

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Aalborg University Business School