Julieta Barrenechea

In charge of projects linked to education and employability, I am a member of staff of both the Euskampus Fundazioa and the University of Bordeaux, responsible for developing collaborative projects connected to the Bordeaux-Euskampus Campus. Within this framework I am responsible for the Ocean Experiences-Sokoa Fort Campus Project which represents a new commitment to making the cross-border space shared between the two universities tangible, in order to develop training, research and development that are strongly rooted to the smart specialisation dynamic of Ocean Experiences.

I have a Degree in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Management from the UPV/EHU and a PhD also from the UPV/EHU. I have developed my professional career both in academic research and in research-intervention projects with a particular focus on studying, developing, assessing and monitoring collaborative knowledge networks.

In terms of training and employability, I have coordinated programs aimed at promoting entrepreneurial culture and student empowerment in higher education. By exploring educational innovation approaches, and associating them with reflections on new forms of knowledge and science-society links, I have been able to create innovative training contexts and experiences that have put real dynamics from the “University with and for the Society” programme into practice.

One of the central concerns in my work is to bring the boundaries between science and society closer together to develop collaborative and horizontal knowledge dynamics where mutual learning and the possibility of co-creation take place. My daily life as a cross-border worker belonging to two institutions that are also committed to these collaborative paradigms and to developing universities that are strongly rooted in their territories provides me with the opportunity to face the challenge of understanding and bringing heterogeneous realities together, a challenge that I enjoy and that I learn a lot from.