CIRCD Members

Professor Mie Femø Nielsen, PhD

Director of CIRCD

Mie Femø Nielsen

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

Gitte Gravengaard

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

Associate Professor

Brian Due

Due has been primus motor in establishing the multimodal approach to social interaction in Denmark, e.g. published in the text book: Multimodal Interaktionsanalyse. Since his work in his PhD (2012) on creativity and innovation in organizations Due has worked with empirical projects researching interactional practices in economic encounters in shops, especially opticians, video-mediated interactions in business and public organizations and interactions with social robots. He has led several large research projects about blind and visually impaired people’s everyday practice. He is currently (2020-2023) PI of a Velux founded project on visually impaired people’s use of new AI technologies and PI on an international network (2020-2022) on social robots supported by Ministry of Forreign Affairs. Due has been extensively interested in new technological trends and people’s practical use of technologies in social interaction and also published on issues of digital transformation on a business strategic level, e.g. in the resent book: Langt fra Silicon Valley. Due is on the most basic research level concerned with the development of a theory for the Semiotics of Distributed Perception: The main idea is, that resources for constructing action is distributed among different types of human and non-human agents. Due is the founding member and co-editor of the international journal: Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality. He is co-editor of the national journal Kommunikationsforum and editor of several special issues and books. He teaches communication, organizational theory, conversation analytical methods and the philosophy of science and trends in business, technology and communication. Due is associated with the Centre of Interaction Research and Communication Design (CIRCD). Due (b. 1980) has also worked for several years as a senior consultant and partner in a highly specialized communication agency (Nextwork), focusing on analysis and strategic communication projects in national and global organizations. Due is still offering key notes, analysis and counseling as a consultant.

Tanya Karoli Christensen, PhD

Associate Professor at CIRCD

Tanya Karoli Christensen

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

Partner in Augmenti

Liv Otto Hassert

Hassert is the founding partner of Augmenti, a research-based consulting house, focusing on virtual organization, teamwork and leadership. Hassert has a PhD in communication and global projects from the University of Copenhagen; the study was conducted in collaboration with Maersk Line. Her research has focused on the complexities of teamwork in global, dispersed, virtual IT project teams as well as leadership in virtual meetings. Hassert also holds a MA in Communication from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Communication and Work life studies from Roskilde University.

Hassert has extensive experience in combining research-based, theoretical knowledge with analytical skills and developing practical advice that enables organizations, teams and individuals to achieve better communication, collaboration and work processes in the virtual space.

As partner in Augmenti Hassert is an experienced workshop facilitator and lecturer (both online and physically) on topics such as virtual management, virtual teams and project teams, as well as virtual meetings. Hassert is also the author of several book chapters and articles on meetings, virtual meetings, international teams and collaboration, projects and finally analytical methods. Further, she is employed as an external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and teaches on topics such as global projects, intercultural collaboration and digital organization.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Virtual collaboration
  • Virtual and hybrid organizations
  • Virtual, hybrid and local meeting interaction and development
  • Digital organizing 

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

Ann Merrit Rikke Nielsen

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 CIRCD

Jeanette Landgrebe

Inspired by Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology, Landgrebe explores social interaction from a multimodal perspective, and her research includes work on professional interaction in innovation and design settings (R&D), entrepreneurship, socialization in organizations and professional online,  face-to-face, and written interaction.  Key research interests include material and epistemic resources in interaction, relational work and identity construction in professional face-to-face and video-mediated interaction. The role of objects and members’ own understanding of what counts as objects and ‘participatory’ in online and face-to-face professional settings inspires her work, and present research focus includes expert-novice interaction, practitioner (counsellor) and citizen interaction, and ICT-mediated interaction in entrepreneurial business contexts, global businesses and the public sector..

Signe Ørom, PhD

Part-time researcher at CIRCD

Signe Ørom

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

Bergur Rønne Moberg, PhD

Bergur Rønne Moberg

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": 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.

Marta Karolina Olsen

External lecturer at NorS, Senior Strategic and Digital Advisor

Marta Karolina OlsenOlsen is a specialist in branding, corporate communication, digital communication and transformation, social media and facilitation of learning and process development. She has a background as a trusted advisor and consultant at the agency side for 15 years. Her work has included corporate and campaign websites, user studies, campaign development, content strategy, video production, social media management, community marketing, identity design, facilitation of corporate workshops and strategy development as well as development of learning and training programs and courses.

Marta is an external lecturer at NorS with the course "Social Media in Strategic Communication" and responsible for the project-based course at NorS. Marta also supervises Master Theses. She was previously with CBS for 4 years as an external lecturer and supervisor.

Marta is also an examiner at SDU and AAU and part of the Cross-Media Communication Advisory Board. She is currently also studying a Diploma of Leadership. She holds an MA in Contemporary Culture and Communication and takes a special interest in culture studies, the aesthetics, children and youth as users and consumers, qualitative studies and processes of digital transformation.

Thomas Lehman Waaben Toft, Master of Arts

Thomas Lehman Waaben Toft

Through his research Toft has especially focused on the build environment in business settings, and how it may affect face-to-face interactions between business professionals. Among other things, he has conducted fieldwork in a variety of large private companies - utilizing qualitative methods such as shadowing, participant observation, video ethnography, map-tasking, focus groups, and interviews - and explored how business professionals initiate and perform important daily activities such as informal socializing, ad hoc learning, problem solving, decision making, planned meetings, and information sharing during unscheduled conversational encounters. Toft has previously worked as a PhD Student at NCC Property Development where he was in charge of a largescale qualitative research project, analysing how the design of open office spaces may improve collaboration between office occupants. Besides doing research at UCPH Toft also teaches students how to plan and facilitate workshops and similar social processes on “Process management and facilitation”.

Johan Trærup, Master of Arts

Johan Trærup

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.

Louise Lüchow, PhD Student

Louise Lüchow

Lüchow is a PhD student at University of Copenhagen affiliated with CIRCD. Her research focus is currently visually impaired people’s use of A.I. technology in their everyday lives, in the Velux-funded project BlindTech. By investigating how technology impacts people’s social lives, her studies shed light on the complexities of social inclusion from an interactional approach. Exploring social interaction from a multimodal perspective, she has specialized in ethnomethodology, multimodal conversation analysis and video ethnography. Key research interests include technology in interaction, social inclusion and multisensorial perception. Lüchow earned her MA from the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics for an empirical based thesis on laughter in professional face-to-face interaction and has worked as research assistant as well as part time lecturer at UCPH in Oral Communication in Organisations.