Professor Mie Femø Nielsen, PhD, is the Director of the Center of Interaction Research and Communication Design

Femø Nielsen has worked extensively on leadership, facilitation and orchestration of participants, activities, agendas and multi-layered interactional contexts in social interaction, such as face-to-face, video and telephone meetings, 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 DKK 10 million+. She has supervised 5 postdocs, 5 doctoral theses, +100 master theses and +1,000 bachelor/master’s student projects, and teaches 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 contributes her knowledge of social interaction, organisation, face-to-face and video meetings, interaction design and facilitation of social processes to the centre.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Institutional interaction
  • International business communication
  • Process facilitation

Juni Søderberg Arnfast, PhD, is an Associate Professor at DSSL

Arnfast's main field of research is Second Language Acquisition (SLA), with special focus on sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, discourse analysis, motivation, and identity. With a point of departure in ethnography, linguistics, CA, and identity theory, she is currently exploring the construction of family identity in Polish immigrants in DK by analysing language use and narratives as the main sources of data. She is an experienced teacher of cultural and linguistic courses at BA and MA levels and has supervised numerous MA theses in the fields of SLA and psycholinguistics. Arnfast has published several peer-reviewed articles, co-edited a number of anthologies on sociolinguistics, and published a number of popular scientific papers and presentations. Arnfast contributes her extensive knowledge of intercultural communication, stereotypification, interaction and competence acquisition processes to the centre.

Gitte Gravengaard, PhD, is an Associate Professor at DSSL

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

Brian Due, PhD, Assistant Professor

Brian 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 (, focusing on analysis and strategic communication projects in national and global organisations.

Simon Bierring Lange, Master of Arts, Research Assistant (UCPH)

Simon Lange has a background in linguistics, and has specialised in conversation and interaction analysis, with a special interest for applied CA and institutional interaction. He is currently involved in various projects in CIRCD and is editor for CIRCD Publishing. Lange’s masters thesis  focused on using and refining the CARM-method for improving video meetings in Maersk Line. Lange has taught at UCPH as a part time lecturer and worked at The Danish Language Council. Apart from collaborating on academic projects at CIRCD, Lange owns the company Sprogzonen ApS, which works with disseminating research within linguistics and rhetorics for various target groups.

Expert in the fields of:

  • Video meetings
  • Conversation Analysis and CARM
  • Dissemination of research and linguistics

Jeanette Landgrebe, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Design and Communication (IDK), Kolding, University of Southern Denmark

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 (
Landgrebe is also part of the VELUX project “Social Objects for Innovation and Learning” ( 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.

Sofie Emmertsen, PhD, works as a Business Developer at the IT-services company CGI

Her PhD, mainly undertaken at the University of York, analyses the institutional turn taking, turn design and grammar of interviewers’ and interviewees’ talk in confrontational British broadcast news interviews. Other peer-reviewed work presents conversation analyses of the fundamental social work that is accomplished with the small and mundane phenomena of talk. A large part of her work concerns the study of argumentation in specialised forms of interaction, such as explorative news interviews and cross-examinations in courtroom settings. As Assistant Professor at the University of Aarhus, Emmertsen worked to establish the Centre for Rhetoric and three new course lines in Rhetoric and Communication. Emmertsen has taught and supervised a range of subjects and disciplines within communication and rhetoric across different universities, from academic writing to classical rhetoric. Currently, she is employing knowledge of social interaction and communication strategies to the development of communication campaigns, and to the design of IT solutions and IT-related services for healthcare and education purposes, and to scoping responses to public calls for tender for IT services. Apart from research work in general, Emmertsen brings practical and business-related communication issues to CIRCD and focuses particularly on the relevance and applicability of CIRCD work to private business and public service.

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, currently working on his second postdoc at UCPH

Moberg earned his PhD at UCPH in 2004. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales in 2001, and at Harvard University in 2013. In 2012, he initiated a project that received funding from the Carlsberg Foundation for people from six different countries. Moberg studies place as a battlefield for different interests with a fundamental chiastic relation between social and spatial construction. The spatial is socially constructed, and the social is spatially constructed, as a stratification of the local, national, regional and global. routes (travel and exile) and roots (origins, locality and place) create a cosmopolitan connection between the local and the global: taking root elsewhere and adapting to a new understanding of space. Place is a product of contemporary existing cosmopolitanism and globalisation. Interacting contexts have been lifted out of locally founded experiences and turned into the cross-cultural operation of non-embedding procedures, bringing the globalised individual into a “polygamy of place”. Moberg has published several books and a large number of journal papers and dissemination articles. He contributes his knowledge of the spatial turn, peripheral modernity, phenomenological place theory and sociocultural analysis to the centre.

David Jackson Morris, PhD, postdoc at the University of Copenhagen

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, MA (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.



Tine Larsen, postdoc at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark in Kolding

With a background in linguistics, Larsen has trained as a conversation analyst. Originally working on ordinary everyday interaction within the area of interactional linguistics, Larsen was a part of a three-year inter-European research project: “Language and Social Action: a comparative research project on affiliation and disaffiliation across national communities and institutional contexts”, funded by the European Science Foundation.
In recent years, Larsen has increasingly moved into applied CA, working on institutional interaction in a number of specialised and technologically complex environments. Her PhD dissertation is on disease-specific patient education programmes for telemedical self-management of chronic disease. Focusing specifically on sequences whereby patients are instructed in how to operate complex medical technologies and manually handle different kinds of medical equipment and objects, the dissertation describes different instructional strategies and practices, explicating the opportunities for learning which they provide, and uncovering problems, as well as best practices, in the training sessions.
Currently, Larsen is a part of a three-year Velux-funded research project on “Social Objects for Innovation and Learning” (SOIL), which focuses on the real-life use of objects across different settings and activities, seeking to explicate how the materiality of objects features in and is used to build meaningful social interaction (

Tanya Karoli Christensen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at DSSL

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

Ann Merrit Rikke Nielsen, MA, Lecturer at DNSL

Nielsen is working strategic communication and applied discourse analysis, sociopragmatics and anthropological methods. In addition, she addressed the interdisciplinary field between history, social science and anthropology, as well as process facilitation, sense making and storytelling. She has extensive knowledge of heath discourses and strategic public health communication both generally and specifically targeting obesity within challenged social groups. Nielsen has a background in private enterprise and is co-writer and co-editor of the forthcoming textbook Kommunikation i international virksomheder. Nielsen is associated with the Centre of Interaction Research and Communication Design (CIRCD). Alongside her lectureship Nielsen works as project manager and analyst in a research project on interaction at NextWork A/S, a research unit which conducts research-based strategic consulting

Expert in the fields of:

  • Public Nutrition and Healtcare Communication
  • Food in the Public Debate
  • Intercultural challenges in corporate communication and virtual office practices

Celine Jarlskov, Bachelor of Science

Jarlskov holds a BSc in Sociology from UCPH and is currently finishing her MA in Psychology of Language at Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, UCPH. During her bachelor Jarlskov spent a semester at Humboldt University in Berlin, studying social science and philosophy.Jarlskov has throughout her education focused on issues concerning microsociology, social interaction and institutional communication. During her studies she has acquired skills in qualitative data collection methods and has developed a special interest for multimodal interaction and conversation analysis.Previously, Jarlskov has worked with cultural, organisational and management research at Center for Tourism and Culture Management at CBS and is currently working in a consultancy unit at the Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Equality, where she primarily works with method development and communication. Currently, Jarlskov is writing her master thesis on video mediated interaction in psychiatric consultations.

Thomas Lehman Waaben Toft, Bachelor of Arts

Toft is currently completing his master’s in Danish with specialisation in media and communication science. Throughout his education at Copenhagen University Toft has followed his interest in mediated communication, advertising, and internal as well as external business communication. During the spring semester of 2013 he studied Media and Communication Science at Mannheim University with courses in crisis communication, documentary film-making and intercultural competence. In his spare time he works as a media analyst and has produced and directed numerous short films and hosted a radio programme at the Student Radio.

Sebastian Brun Simonsen, Bachelor of Arts.

Sebastian 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.

Thea Emborg Hansen, Bachelor of Arts

Thea Emborg Hansen has a BA in Danish Language. Currently  she is taking an MA in Danish, specializing in coversation and interaction analysis and applied discourse analysis with great interest in CA.



Emilia Cantoni, Bachelor of Arts

Emilia Cantoni has a Bachelor in arts from SDU Odense, and is currently taking an MA in Danish at the University of Copenhagen, UCPH. Has a great interest for Danish language and has throughout her education developed a passion for CA.





Louise Thaarup Dam, Bachelor of Arts

Louise Thaarup Dam is currently completing her master’s in Danish (UCPH) with specialization in communication. Her thesis, which she writes in collaboration with the consulting firm Nextwork A/S, focuses on personas, and more specific how to conceptualize personas in communication designs. During her studies, she has acquired skills in strategic communication, communication consulting, fact writing and speaking, branding, Danish language, and quantitative and qualitative methodology and analysis. Besides studying, Louise works 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, Bachelor 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.