Simon Westergaard Lex
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Øster Farimagsgade 5, Opgang E, København K, 16 Øster Farimagsgade 5, Building: 16-0-13
Institut for Antropologi
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1014 København K
Primary research areas
Regional: Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden), Latin America (Venezuela and Colombia).
Innovation, Organization, Collaboration, Knowledge Economy.
Current research areas:
I am part of the research project CoNeXT (www.conext.ku.dk), and here my main focal area is collaboration between industry and University.
Keywords: Knowledge Economy, Collaboration, Trans-disciplinarity, Innovation.
I am also part of the Business and Organisational research group.
I explore contemporary understandings and practices of “innovation” in private and public organisations. Here, I dig “into the box” with an aim of making sense of daily practices and interactions in the creation, negotiation and commercialisation of new ideas, prototypes, products or services.
I ask what happens when the business developer, the entrepreneur, the consultant, the manager or the anthropologist put on the “innovative” hat?
Methodologically, I experiment with my role and position as a researcher working in the field and collaborating with interlocutors.
I strive to engage and collaborate with people in the field and exchange insights from different disciplinary positions and knowledge domains.
I explore the balance between participation and observation, performance and composition and immersion and reflection and as such I hope to co-produce insights of both practical and theoretical relevance.
Politics and culture in South America
Since 2000 I have studied political and cultural developments in South America, with an interest in leftist political programmes as for example the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
I teach the courses ”Innovation & Co-creation”, ”The Anthropology of Innovation and Design and “The Anthropological Projekt: Anthropreneurship”.
I supervise in the field of Business and Organisational Anthropology.