Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2005
    Professor, Lund University, Sweden

  • 2006 – 2010
    Director of Research, Oslo University, Norway

  • 2011 – 2013
    Director of Research, Lund University, Sweden


  • 1991 – 1997
    Doctor of Philosophy, Göteborgs University, Sweden

  • 1988 – 1989
    MSc Science and Technology Policy, Lund University, Sweden

Selected publications

  • Hellström, T. Jacob, M. and Sjöö K. (forthcoming) From thematic to organizational prioritization: the challenges of implementing RDI priorities

  • Håkansta and Jacob, M. (2016) Mode 2 and the tension between excellence and utility: The case of a policy-relevant research field in Sweden Minerva. 54, 1, p. 1-20

    Jacob, M. and Hellström T. (2014) Opportunity from crisis: A common research agenda for higher education and research policy, Studies in Higher Education 39(8) pp. 1321-1331.

    Sarasini, S. and Jacob, M. (2014) "Past, present or future? Managers’ temporal orientations and corporate climate action in the Swedish electricity sector" Organization & Environment 27(3): pp. 242-262.

Selected projects

  • KNOWSCIENCE: Knowledge in science and policy: creating an evidence base for converging modes of governance in policy and science, Jan 2016-December 2020. Funder: Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Amount of Funding: €2,1m. Principal investigators Tomas Hellström, Merle Jacob (Lund University)

  • Globalising practices in the governance of higher education and research, Fall 2014-Spring 2016, Funder: University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies, Amount of funding: 134516€, Principal investigator. Merle Jacob, Collaborating partners: Dietmar Braun, Niilo Kauppi

  • Priority Setting for Energy Technologies, Funder: Department of Energy, Sweden, Jan-December 2014, Amount of funding: 350 000€, Principal investigators Tomas Hellström, Merle Jacob

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Board Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Chair of the Panel for the Economic Sciences and Statistics, Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Chair of the Panel for Postdoc applications in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Education, Swedish Research Council

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Self motivated

    Keen problem solver




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