Buskerud University College is engaged in extensive research and development activities in the areas of health sciences, technology, finance, business administration and management, political science, teacher education, optometry and vision science, lighting design and visual communication.
The work is organized in different research centers and is also project-based within the different faculties/departments.
Research activities represent a significant part of the work at Buskerud University College and constitute an important condition for research-based teaching.
Buskerud University College works with the industry and regional authorities to promote regional expertise.
Buskerud University College has chosen five main areas of research which involves an ambitious and focused effort to develop and strengthen the college as a leading national institution in these areas.
The five main priority areas for research - with related initiatives:
Control and Signal Processing
Health care for the elderly and people with complex health problems
Health promotion and preventive care
Vision science research, focusing on development and aging
Biological structures of the eye and vision
Vision correction, visual ergonomics and visual rehabilitation
Strategic management, implementation and performance (the SIP model)
Industry and business
Professional and cultural management
Intercultural education and citizenship
Partnership Research and School
Basic skills and school subjects
Educational leadership and professional practice
Below is a brief presentation of the five main priority areas for research:
Department of Technology:
Systems Engineering is a self-explanatory and defined area of research, a "coordinator" for a variety of disciplines at micro as well as macro level.
The area is based on in-depth knowledge in more than two technological disciplines to ensure that desired breadth is achieved.
The department focuses on Systems Engineering as an explicit discipline, but also on the disciplines which naturally create depth within SE, for instance Embedded Systems.
Department of Health Sciences:
Health care for the elderly and people with complex health problems consists of an important part of the health priorities on national level, the strategy of Buskerud University College, the existing and future study programs as well as the demands of the regional and national societies.
The research strategy in this area addresses the need for developing new knowledge in health promotion and preventive work, and more explicitly for the health care focused on the elderly and people with complex and often long-term health problems.
Through collaboration in the clinical field, the Department of Health Sciences prioritizes research related to service development.
The department's focus areas include mental health and substance abuse, aging and geriatric care (including palliative care) and medical use of radiation.
Within these three areas more detailed research is developed.
Service Development is included in every research program.
The focus areas support the development of a separate PhD program in clinical health sciences.
Department of Optometry and Visual Science:
Vision Research, focusing on development and aging, is the main priority in the department's new research strategy.
Academics are building an R & D profile which consists of a research platform with expertise at the international level, primarily in the areas of eye biology, vision correction and eye function.
This platform should unify the optometry area and contribute to better expertise in a wide range of adjacent disciplines.
The R & D profile will enhance the department's role as the only national provider of professional education of practitioners, and thus contribute to increased cross-disciplinary work in preventive eye care as well as habilitation and rehabilitation of visually impaired patients.
School of Business and Social Sciences:
The Center of Tourism Management at the School of Business and Social Sciences is managing a three-year, 1.2-million-euro project funded by the Regional Research Fund, a sub-department of the Norwegian Research Council. The project aims to measure the temperature of the tourism industry and seeks to provide management information to the industry regarding innovation, value creation, and development.
VRI Buskerud, a 10-year program that started in 2007 with funding from the Norwegian Research Council. The program promotes innovation, development of knowledge, and the value added through research and cooperation between business, industry, and relevant research environments. VRI consists of one interaction project and at least one project in every region of Buskerud County. BUC is represented on the steering group and a working committee and also participates in the various research projects.
In August 2012, the School of Business and Social Sciences institutionalized a theory construction seminar for their academic staff to refine research drafts to the level required for publications in leading journals. Two of the most experienced researchers in high-impact publications conduct the seminar. Participants submit their work for peer-review discussion. Assisting with the seminar is Ajay Kohli from Georgia Tech University who is a former editor of the Journal of Marketing and an international leader in developing high-impact research.
Department of Teacher Education:
The Department of Teacher Education has, through its research profile, decided to contribute to the systematic professional development of the future society.
Increasing globalization and increased mobility in the community requires better knowledge about education in an intercultural and multicultural perspective.
One of the primary goals for research is also to promote active participation in the community.
The department would like professional development to take place in close interaction between the professional field and the theoretically based faculty staff.
The research area is internationally known as "intercultural education and citizenship."
Action research will be adapted as the main strategy, as it is well -suited for research partnerships and school development, educational leadership and professional practice.
The primary and secondary schools' different subject areas consist of the framework for working with the basic skills required for active participation in society.
In this article rector Kristin Ørmen Johnsen and professor Gunnar Horgen writes about research in university colleges, such as BUC.