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Professor Mie Femø Nielsen, PhD

Director of CIRCD

Femø Nielsen has worked extensively on leadership and facilitation. She is interested in how practitioners orchestrate other participants, activities, agendas and multi-layered interactional contexts in social interaction. Data are primarily face-to-face meetings as well as meetings mediated by video or telephone. She has also worked with innovation workshops, professionals-client interaction, and lay interaction in mundane settings. She has published several peer-reviewed monographs and other books, and a large number of co-edited peer-reviewed journal issues, peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and conference papers, as well as other journal papers, articles, book chapters and conference papers. Nielsen is active in attracting external funding, so far +16 Mill. DKK. Superviser of 5 postdocs, 9 doctoral students, +100 master theses and +1,000 bachelor/master’s student projects, and teacher on a number of different MA/BA courses and industry courses. She has wide experience from project management and collaboration with industry, and from extending collaboration to include students and colleagues. Nielsen is director of the center and principal investigator on the project “Video mediated interaction in professional settings”, funded by Velux Fonden.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Institutional interaction
  • International business communication
  • Video mediated interaction


Gitte Gravengaard, PhD

Associate Professor at CIRCD

Gravengaard has worked extensively on professional practice and discourse, on professional expertise, and on how novices are socialised into a professional culture. Combining ethnography, linguistics, sociology, and theories of professions with qualitative research methods, she has been able to explicate and describe what is normally tacit knowledge in the professionals’ routinised practice, and she has demonstrated how this tacit professional knowledge is passed on to newcomers via socialisation processes. Gravengaard has written several peer-reviewed monographs, a large number of peer-reviewed articles in journals and chapters in books and conference papers, as well as other articles for journals, books, websites and conferences. Gravengaard is an experienced university teacher and supervisor, having taught MA and PhD courses within Communications at UCPH since 2004 and supervised a large number of master’s theses and bachelor/master’s student projects. Gravengaard contributes her knowledge of professionals’ routinised practices and socialisation processes to the centre.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Internship, interns and intern supervisors
  • News media and journalists' way of thinking and working
  • Dissemination of research findings
  • Strategic communication


Brian Due, PhD

Assistant Professor

Due earned his PhD from the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, for a thesis about idea development in interaction ("The social construction of ideas"). The PhD was based on a theoretical conceptualisation of the multimodal paradigm and contributed new theoretical understandings to the research into innovation and creativity. In autumn 2012, Brian Due worked as a research assistant and project leader on a seed money grant from Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CIEL LAB). The research was a preliminary investigation of the state-of-the-art theoretical and practical knowledge of video-mediated interaction. Brian Due has knowledge of organisational everyday practices, communication theory and practice, video-mediated interaction and creative and innovative practices. His research area is primarily multimodal interaction in professional settings, with special emphasis on the full semiotic ecology of different sign systems. An example is the use of talk and embodied action in a material and spatial environment. He teaches communication, organisation, conversation analytical methods and the philosophy of science. Brian Due is associated with the Centre of Interaction Research and Communication Design (CIRCD). Brian Due (b. 1980) worked for several years as a senior consultant in a highly specialised communication agency (Nextwork.as), focusing on analysis and strategic communication projects in national and global organisations.


Tanya Karoli Christensen, PhD

Associate Professor at CIRCD

Christensen combines insights from sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics and corpus linguistic analyses in her endeavors to establish the field of Forensic Linguistics as an academic and applied science in Denmark. Among current projects, Christensen works with the Danish Police Academy to design a format for summarizing tape-recorded police interviews that will ensure as little information loss as possible. Other projects include the establishment of a reference corpus of unedited, everyday written Danish tagged for background variables such as gender, age and geographical location; studying the grammar of modern spoken Danish and of Danish on the social media; and editing a book on the interaction of linguistic and social factors involved in language variation and change. Christensen writes and presents for both national and international audiences, especially on grammar and Forensic Linguistics. In addition she consults for Danish police on cases involving linguistic evidence and teaches Forensic Linguistics to attorneys, police as well as students at the University of Copenhagen.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Grammar and variation in spoken language
  • Forensic Linguistics


Liv Otto Hassert, PhD Student

Hassert is an Industrial PhD student at the University of Copenhagen and at Maersk Line IT. Her research focus is on local and distance leadership and the complexities of teamwork in global, dispersed, virtual IT project teams. The research is an empirical study, which includes qualitative data from Denmark, UK, USA and India. Hassert is specialized in the fields of organizational communication, interaction research, and leadership and work life studies. She has a MA in Communication from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Communication and Work life studies from Roskilde University. She has focused her studies on professional interaction, leader-employee relationships, organizations, and experiences of work life. Her Master thesis explored the interaction of intercultural business partners in ICT and FTF meetings and the impact of different identity norms and meeting cultures. She has worked on intercultural communication, change management, branding and process facilitation in projects involving the Confederation of Danish Industry, Maersk Line, TATA, and six Danish municipalities. Hassert contributes to the center with her knowledge about professional interactions and meetings, her experience with qualitative data collection methods and Conversation analysis (CA), and her current research on leadership, intercultural relations, and the complexities of teamwork in global, virtual project settings.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Leadership
  • Local and distance meeting interaction
  • Virtual team collaboration


Simon Bierring Lange, PhD Student

Lange is a PhD Student at Centre of Interaction Research and Communication Design. He is currently working on the Velux-funded project Videomediated Interaction where investigates the professional use of video meetings in different settings. Lange has a background in linguistics, and has specialised in conversation and multimodal interaction analysis with a special interest for applied CA, institutional interaction and communication training. He has been involved in various projects at CIRCD, and has worked with developing and applying different methods for using video data as a basis for communication workshops (e.g. Videobased Reflection on Team Interaction and Video Learning). Lange has worked as a research assistant on a project on technology enhanced vision in blind and visually impaired individuals, taught at UCPH as a part time lecturer and worked at The Danish Language Council.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Video mediated interaction
  • Conversation Analysis and CARM
  • Communication training
  • Dissemination of research and linguistics


Ann Merrit Rikke Nielsen, PhD Student

Lecturer at CIRCD

Nielsen is a PhD student at UNCP affiliated with CIRCD. Her research is currently focused on the interactional accomplishment of mutual trust between interlocutors in video mediated interaction in professional settings. Her research addresses how trust is being displayed in the interaction and whether it is possible to measure both the degree of trust present in a given interaction and the quality of social processes. The study of metrology and the measurement of intangible concepts within phycology, social sciences and the humanities is hence a key part of the project.

Nielsen’s PhD is an empirical study, based on several types of qualitative data with an emphasis on video ethnography of institutional data (e.g. meetings, workshops, health care and service encounters) within an EMCA frame and is part of the larger research project Video mediated interaction in professional settings which is funded by Velux Fonden. The overall aim is to study how participants in video-mediated talk accomplish institutional tasks, what challenges they face when doing so, how they compensate for the shortcomings of the video mediation, and how they accomplish relating to and trusting each other.

Nielsen has an MA in Danish and history from UNCP. She also teaches strategic communication and has specialized in applied discourse analysis, sociopragmatics and identity construction. In addition, she has extensive knowledge process facilitation, co-creation and behavioral change, storytelling and customer journeys. Nielsen has a background in private enterprise and is co-writer and co-editor of the peer-reviewed textbook Kommunikation i internationale virksomheder. Nielsen is associated with NXT where she been affiliated with several research-based strategic consulting projects.


Jeanette Landgrebe, PhD

Post doc. at INSS

Landgrebe’s PhD focused on material and epistemic resources for sense and decision-making in collaborative processes of innovation and design. Six articles were elaborated on, all of them from an interactional perspective. From this research grew an increasing interest in how significant objects may in fact be in creative processes of decision making, and one of the themes that Landgrebe is currently exploring is “When words are not enough”. Another theme emerging from this research is the role (and responsibility) of facilitators to keep the floor open for real innovation to take place.
Landgrebe is currently involved in a cross-disciplinary research project “Business kills creativity – or creativity kills business”, undertaken with two colleagues from the entrepreneurial and relationship management discipline and the innovation management discipline, respectively. This research is empirically grounded in extensive field research and video recordings from a fashion designer in the creative industry (www.justiankunz.com).
Landgrebe is also part of the VELUX project “Social Objects for Innovation and Learning” (www.social-objects.net).Three newly emerging research interests:
a) International business communication in a learning environment. The focus is twofold: written communication and face-to-face communication.
b) Exploring theatre as a way to enhance students’ ability to become students, develop critical thinking and take responsibility for their own learning process.
c) Exploring applied performance to supplement traditional lecturing.
Landgrebe’s various research interests can perhaps best be clarified in this way … exploring the boundaries and possibilities of innovative thinking.


Signe Ørom, PhD

part-time researcher at CIRCD

Ørom is a part-time researcher at University of Copenhagen and CEO at ConnectingCultures. Ørom obtained her PhD from the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at University of Copenhagen. As a researcher at Circd, she focusses on cross-cultural interaction in business settings combining theories on cultural interaction, learning, and cognition with her extensive practical experience as a cultural trainer. The main purpose of her research is to develop and test the efficiency of various training methods, and develop an innovative cultural training program that can strengthen the cross-cultural competences of employees and managers in international companies. Ørom has lectured in academic and business forums, and has held more than 300 workshops in more than 20 countries. She has published several peer-reviewed and other articles in journals and conference papers, and is the co-author of the book Kommunikation i Internationale virksomheder (Communication in International Companies)

Expert in the fields of:

  • Cultural interaction
  • IGlobal and virtual collaboration
  • Global leadership
  • Learning methods
  • Global teams


Lene Rimestad, PhD student

Journalist and lecturer at the Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark

Rimestad is currently completing her PhD about newsroom meetings: how ideas are presented and received at these meetings. Her main research interest is the professional practice of journalists in the newsroom, especially socialisation, meetings and creativity. She has a background in journalism and has worked as a journalist and copy editor for major Danish media organisations for more than 15 years. The main goal of her research is to seek to bridge some of the gaps in knowledge as journalists train to be professionals at universities, replacing experienced-based teaching with evidence-based teaching.


Bergur Rønne Moberg, PhD

Moberg is a literary scholar at The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and he recently finished his second postdoc. at the Dpt. of Nordic Studies, University of Copenhagen. He received partial funding for a biography on the Danish-Faroese writer William Heinesen. During the last 5 years his main field has been a crossdisciplinary approach to space and place within media, literature, and culture. Besides his individually based projects, Moberg's profile is also reaching into highly transdisciplinary efforts framed within collaborate projects as CIRCD and "Denmark and the New North Atlantic": http://thenewnorthatlantic.com/ In "Denmark and the New North Atlantic", we are working under headlines as identity positions, cultural heritage, and natural ressources. The geographical focus is The Arctic and The Danish North Atlantic. The project is affiliated to Crossregional Studies at UCPH and lead by associate professor Kirsten Thisted. Moberg participates within many different international networks within cultural Studies and in particular, he has a continual fruitful collaboration with professor David Damrosch, Dpt. of Comparative Literature, Harvard University. In 2017 Damrosch and Moberg will co-edite a special issue of the Journal of World Literature on the topic of ultraminor literatures in different locations worldwide.

Moberg earned his PhD at UCPH in 2004. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2001, and at Harvard University, Boston, US, 2013 and City University of Hong Kong, Kina, 2014.


David Jackson Morris, PhD

Morris studies how people hear speech and has worked extensively within audiology in clinical, industrial and research settings. He assists the centre with his knowledge of speech perception and his expertise in technical solutions to hearing impairment.






Morten Sloth, Master of Arts (Political Science) & Master of Management Development

Part-time lecturer at INSS and at CBS and RUC

Sloth has a background in leadership and leadership development from public as well as private enterprises. He teaches and supervises master’s theses on understanding of organisations, leadership and communication.






Marta Karolina Olsen

External lecturer at INSS, Senior Digital Strategist at Kontrapunkt

Olsen is a specialist within digital corporate communication, social media, UX, marketing and facilitation of learning. She is the Head of Networks at the Danish communication network Kforum & Bureaubiz, that offer competence development for companies, organizations and professionals, where Marta is responsible for 15 membership based network groups for professionals, develops courses and leads digital initiatives.

Marta is an external lecturer at INSS with the course "Social Media in Strategic Communication", and she also supervises. Marta has worked approx. 15 years as an advisor and consultant primarily on the agency side for public organizations and authorities, NGO's and companies, nationally and internationally. This work has e.g. included design of corporate and campaign websites, user studies and user involvement, strategic campaign development, content strategy, video production, social media management and advertising, community marketing and facilitation corporate workshops and strategy development on internal and external use of social media. Marta holds a MA Arts in Contemporary Culture and Communication and takes a special interest in culture studies, the aesthetics, children and youth as users and consumers and qualitative user and consumer studies. She is a board member of KVALNET - The Danish Network for Qualitative Methods - and was previously an external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, where she thought Media Strategy in Digital Communication, Corporate Communication and Branding and supervised BA's and Master's.


Celine Jarlskov, Master of Arts

Jarlskov holds a BSc in Sociology and a MA in Psychology of Language from UCPH. Jarlskov has throughout her education focused on issues concerning social interaction and professional communication. During her studies she acquired a range of skills within the fields social sciences and humanities, notably in qualitative data collection methods, conversation analysis, and multimodal interaction analysis.

Jarlskov has a special interest for institutional interaction and applied conversation analysis. In her master thesis, Jarlskov investigated the interactional conditions of video mediated consultations in telemedicine. The thesis sheds light on the interactional practices that participants use to compensate for the challenges posed by the video mediated setting. Jarlskov has worked with research, strategic communication, and method development at places such as Center for Tourism and Culture Management at CBS and the Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Equality.


Thomas Lehman Waaben Toft, Master of Arts

Toft is an expert within the field of interaction and communication in organizations. He has especially focused on the build environment, and how it affects interactional activities between employees. As a member of CIRCD Toft not only contributes with his own research but is also an important project manager for the communication of our research activities and results.



Sebastian Brun Simonsen, Bachelor of Arts

Brun Simonsen is taking an MA in communication at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and is deeply involved in a comprehensive collaboration project between UCPH and  Mærsk Line IT called ”Global Interaction Design.” This enables him to specialise in the qualitative shadow method for organisational research and the praxis of Conversation Analysis in a professional interaction perspective. Under a previous project for  Mærsk Line IT and in his current job at the Danish College of General Practitioners (DSAM), Sebastian Brun Simonsen has previously focused on digital communication, branding, intercultural communication and process management. Since 2010 Simonsen has worked for research-oriented organisations such as EGV and DSAM. This work has enabled him to achieve a greater understanding of such organisations and how they operate. Furthermore, the developments in primary healthcare both nationally and internationally have been central to Simonsen’s past working experience. Simonsen contributes to the research centre by possessing and sharing knowledge on qualitative data collection methods, video mediated interaction and digital communication strategies, as well as by having experience in Conversation Analysis and facilitation of social processes.


Louise Thaarup Dam, Master of Arts

Dam holds a MA in Danish with a profile in communication from the UCPH. Throughout her studies, Louise has specialized in applied strategic communication, communication consulting, fact writing and speaking, branding, Danish language, quantitative and qualitative methodology and analysis, and social media. Her project portfolio includes a branding project for the Danish municipality Ringkøbing-Skjern, a campaign strategy for the newspaper Helsingør Dagblad, etc. In her Master’s thesis, Louise developed and a generic model for personas. Personas are fictive users created against the background of data from real users, and personas are a relevant communication tool for the marketing strategy that puts the customer at the centre. When a business or external bureau is to develop personas, it is obvious to work on the basis of a number of generic persona criteria – criteria which transcend the customers’ different combined needs and are applicable for formulation of all types of personas. The generic persona model consists of persona criteria as well as needs criteria. No existing persona theory has so far shed light on what lies behind the generic persona criteria. Therefore the need theory of human beings’ basic needs is tied with the persona theory. The model has three layers. The innermost layer consists of basic needs criteria, the middle layer consists of identifying persona criteria, and the outermost layer consists of area specific persona criteria. During her studies, Louise has worked as a non-fiction editor.


Sine Hjuler, Bachelor of Arts

Hjuler studies at UCPH where she has achieved her Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Employee Communication. She is currently taking a MA in Danish with a focus on communication, primarily in relation to organizations. She has a passion for Conversation Analysis (CA), which she for example used during a consulting project in collaboration with UCPH and an international NGO, which had the aim of optimizing the organization’s internal communication. Furthermore, Hjuler has acquired competencies within project management and facilitation, which she applied as a member of the steering committee in the development of a conference. During her exchange on Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, she has developed skills on areas such as human resource management, leadership and organizational change.


Johan Trærup, Master of Arts

Trærup holds a BA in Danish and a BA in philosophy, both from UCPH. He is currently finishing his MA in Danish and communication, writing his master’s thesis on the interactional encounters in eyeglass shops. Throughout his studies, Trærup has followed his interests in multimodal interaction analysis, philosophy of language, communication theory, and communication design.
He has completed CARM-training at Loughborough University, co-presented a paper at Copenhagen Multimodality Day at UCPH in November 2015, and gave a presentation at the interdisciplinary CA-symposium ”Conversation as a tool for professional practice” at University College of Southeast Norway in April 2016. Besides studying, Trærup works as an analyst in the consulting firm Nextwork A/S where he uses interaction analysis and his knowledge on communication for consultancy.


Sophie Cederstrøm, Master of Arts 

Sophie holds a MA in Danish with a profile in communication from the UCPH, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts. Throughout her studies, Sophie has specialised in applied strategic communication, business and management communication and innovation and entrepreneurship. Her project portfolio includes a branding project for the Danish municipality Ringkøbing-Skjern, an innovation based project for Boston Children’s Hospital and a study of social interaction for the University Hospital of Southern Denmark. In her Master’s thesis, Sophie developed new courses of treatment for chronically ill patients, based in communication and sociological theory, for the University Hospital of Southern Denmark.

Having previously worked for the communications consultancy Resonans Kommunikation and with media relations and social media in Novozymes, Sophie is currently a communications employee at the Danish Defence Personel Organisation.