Kurt Aagaard Nielsen

Roskilde University, Roskilde, Zealand, Denmark

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  • Mette Bladt · Kurt Aagaard Nielsen
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    ABSTRACT: In Scandinavia there exists an action research tradition called critical utopian action research (CUAR). Within CUAR, criticism and utopia is a core activity in the methods used and in the research as such. The utopian concept in this tradition should be understood as a productive concept, and thus not as eyebrow-lifting fantasy. Utopian horizons are, in light of critical reflection, formulated and developed. They act as horizons indicating the direction of the work. The point of utopian notions - dreams and visions - is that they go beyond the existing' and become a way of working that allows us to think in concrete alternatives; in different futures'. It allows us to ask the question: how do we wish to live? The rationale for the work of utopia must be found in CUAR's connection to critical theory. From there, a perception that the world could be different is collected. It is only by utopian thinking that we can move the world in a different direction. Thus the notion of utopia becomes part of an ontologically basic understanding. But these different orientations must be developed and protected in a free space. In this article we will focus on the creation of free space for the utopia work.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2013 · Action Research
  • Eva Reiter · Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Jens Fedder
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    ABSTRACT: The transvaginal ultrasonographic cervix scan has partly replaced digital examination for diagnosing preterm birth; conflicting results are reported about their respective contribution to birth prediction. To review the predictive value of digital examination and transvaginal scan in low-risk asymptomatic and symptomatic women before treatment. A literature search of PubMed, Web of Science and Cochrane Databases from 1994 to 2010 and selected reference lists was carried out. Randomized controlled trials, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, outcome research and studies of clinical decision rules were included. The studies showed that methods for the estimation of cervical ripening are not unequivocal nor is the nomenclature for digital examination. Evidence for routine screening for premature cervical ripening in asymptomatic low-risk women is insufficient. Knowledge of ultrasonographic cervical length in symptomatic women was not associated with a significantly improved outcome in symptomatic women, but may help to reduce length of hospitalization. In women selected by the Bishop Score, a transvaginal scan may reduce the number of false-positive results. Clarification on the methods for performing cervical assessment is needed. The evidence that transvaginal scanning of the cervix improves outcome in symptomatic women is insufficient. The methods for assessing cervical change should be regarded as complementary.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2011 · Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica
  • Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Jørgen Amdam · Britt Dale

    No preview · Article · Dec 2010 · Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift
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    ABSTRACT: "The social and ecological systems of Mediterranean streams are intrinsically linked as a result of long human occupation. In this region, these links vary greatly across small distances due to geomorphology, resulting in great diversity across space, which poses particular challenges for understanding and managing these systems. This demands (i) interdisciplinary integration of knowledge that focuses on the social–ecological interactions, while according due consideration to the whole; and also (ii) transdisciplinary integration, integrating lay and expert knowledge to understand local specificities. To address these needs—a focus on interactions and local knowledge—the research presented here studies the human–nature relationship in Mediterranean streams. Its main objective is to improve understanding of Mediterranean streams, but it also provides practical inputs to enhance local-level management. The study adopts an applied approach from the perspective of natural resources management. A case study was developed conducting field work on streams within the Natura 2000 site of Monfurado, Portugal—a mainly privately owned area with conflicting land uses between conservation and farming. Rivers and streams in Portugal are considered to be in very bad condition, particularly with regard to water quality. The experimental design was based, from a critical realism perspective of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, on the complementarities between methodologies from (i) the social sciences: value survey and analysis of discourse; and (ii) the natural sciences: biomonitoring and integrity biotic indexes. Results characterized the connected systems from both ecological and social points of view. They also characterized the relationship between both dimensions. We concluded that well-established riparian vegetation cover of streams is a key structural element of the human–nature relationship in the Mediterranean streams of Monfurado at several levels. The central role this structure might have in the dialog between the conflicting land uses with regard to water management is discussed, and priority targets for management are identified. The tree stratum in streams may work as a conciliation factor in the conflict between farming and conservation, as it is in the interest of both sectors to maintain it; however, the shrub stratum is effectively a source of conflict between the two perspectives and needs further work at the social-change level."
    Full-text · Article · May 2009 · ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
  • Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Peter Olsen · Birger Steen Nielsen
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    ABSTRACT: Recent research on the social construction of technology stresses the importance of investigating the negotiation between all interests in production and reproduction. This article presents the weaknesses and strengths of the so-called theory of social shaping of technology. The authors are sceptical as to the ability of this tradition to explain the fact that workers are silent participants in negotiations. In an account of a project called 'Industry and Happiness' the authors argue that attention must be paid to workers' life situation and not only to their work experience. They further claim the need for unhindered cooperation between experts and workers, articulating perspectives and utopian ideas of democratic industrial production.
    No preview · Article · Aug 1996 · Economic and Industrial Democracy
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    Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Lise Drewes Nielsen · Eva Munk
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Superficial and volatile relations in working life become increasing subjective prob-
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