RESER – The European Association for REsearch on SERvices – is a network of research groups and individuals active in services research and policy formulation, mainly located in the European countries. At the recent annual conference in Bucharest, Associate Professor Patrik Ström from the School of Business, Economics and Law was elected President.
“It is a great honor to be elected the President of Reser, after being involved with the organization since 2004. The cross-disciplinary approach has much to offer in interesting research collaborations and contact networks. It is also the first time someone from a Nordic country is elected President. I hope that Reser can continue to be an organization that attracts interest from both academics and policy makers, and most importantly stimulates an interesting debate in social sciences and services“, says Patrik Ström.
The Association was established in 1988 at a time when knowledge on service employment and industries was scarce and there was a limited understanding of the role of services in economic and social restructuring.
RESER members come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds: economics, management sciences, geography, sociology, psychology, political sciences and planning. Most are based in universities and independent research institutes, but some are employed in private firms, as researchers or consultants.
RESER organizes an annual conference with different service themes. In 2010 the conference was hosted by the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. The theme was “The Resilience of the Global Service economy”.
The President is responsible for the development of the organization together with the council, which is the governing body of the organization. The President also represents the organization in relation to various international research organisations and policy makers.
More info on www.reser.net