Mats Benner is a Sociologist and Dean at Lund University and Professor of Science Policy Studies in the School of Economics and Management in Sweden. He is a visiting professor at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, NIFU, Oslo, and King’s College, London. He is a permanent member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a board member of Mid Sweden University and has been a member of the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board (2009-2010, 2015-2016).
Professor Benner is engaged in studies of research policy formation and implementation, and university policy. He works primarily with issues of research policy, university governance and state-industry relations. He teaches and supervises primarily in the area of organization and leadership, and his recent scholarship focusses on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its influence on university governance and power relations affected by the pandemic, geopolitical tensions, and other broader forces.