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Anni Greve

PhD & MSc (Sociology)

  • Universitetsvej 1, 25.3

    DK-4000 Roskilde


1983 …2019

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Anni Greve is Associate Professor of Sociology with specialist research interests in cities at a global level (East Asian), and at the European level (Copenhagen), the art of coping with instabilities and new forms of identity making. Currently she is finishing a book on the Europe - China connection. The study lies in the slipstream of recent research that intend to refresh the field of hospitality studies via concrete case studies. She is a founding member of Centre of Urban Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark, and the author of Sanctuaries of the City - Lessons from Tokyo, Ashgate 2011 and Routledge 2016. Her work has been translated into English, French and Japanese.


Other research fields include:

Sociology of modern welfare and morals

The book Sociologien om velfærd - gensyn med Emile Durkheim (1998) has as its main topic the relevance of Emile Durkheim for contemporary debates about citizenship and democracy. If the concepts of social bonds and solidarity which have existed from the classical period of the welfare state until today are under revision the question is whether the thoughts of Durkheim have lost relevance too? The articles "Ideer om styring: Michel Foucault og Jacques Donzelot" (1995), and "Risikobegrebet i tysk og fransk sociologisk tradition"(1999) introduces to and takes up ideas of present French thinkers on modern welfare and morals, above all Michel Foucault and Jacques Donzelot.

Computer technology and modern conducts of living 
The leading motive of the PhD. dissertation Computerteknologi, rationalitet og moderne livsførelse (1990) is to study the impact of computer technology on the conduct of modern living and its forms of rationalisation. It examines some important fore castings within social sciences, such as the theory of the knowledge society emphasising its links to an early stage of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mean while, since the beginning of the 1970ies, the AI has been marked by several controversies and revisions such as Dreyfus & Dreyfus (1986) "Mind over Machines". The PhD. dissertation introduces some of these revisions into the field of social sciences.

History of the intellectuals 
Within the frame of sociology of knowledge, the ‘magisterkonferens' (mag.scient.soc.) Den intellektuelle - fra oprører til embedsmand (1986) examines concepts and roles of the German intellectuals of the  fin de siècle era compared to those of the 1960ies and 1970ies


Honours, activities, grants, fellowships:

She is on the reviewers board of: Acta Sociologica, Urban studies, Cities, Citizenship Studies, Journal of Historical Geography and Nordisk Arkitektur Forskning. 

2015-2019 Head of the Social Science Study programme, Roskilde University

2015 Visiting fellow at Accademia di Danimarca, Rome

2014 Nominated as a short-term international visitor for FSI and the Stanford Humanities Center

2013 Applied the HERA program ‘Cultural Encounters’ (PL and PI)and were among the 13 % that the

review panel found qualified for the second round

2007 - 2016 Appointed member, the Advisory Board of The Danish Institute of Social Research 

2007 - 2018 Appointed external examiner, the Departments of Political Sciencs at Copenhagen University, Syddansk and Aarhus University. Denmark 

2007 - 2018 Appointed external examiner, Copenhagen Business Schools, Syddansk University, Aallborg University and Roskilde University, Denmark. The disciplines included are philosophies and sociologies of sciences (above all historical economy, - sociology and - technology)

2008-2010, Write-up grant for a collaborative research proposal for EU Framework Program 7, Agenda 2010. The Danish Research Council for the Humanities and START

2009 Visiting Scholar, New School for Social Research, New York

2007-2010 Subcontractor SOCIAL POLIS (Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion). European

Commission, Framework program 7

2005-2008: PL and PI, within the cross European comparative research scheme ‘Le Plan Urbanisme Construction et Architecture’. Funded by the French Ministry of Research and Technology.

2002 - 2007 Head of the Centre for Urban Studies, Roskilde University

2007 Visiting Scholar, Tokyo University, granted by Toyota Foundation and the Scandinavian-Sasakawa Foundation

2005 The EXPO Lecture, The Nordic Pavilion Aichi, Japan

2005 Visiting Scholar, L'Accademia di Danimarca, Rom, Italy

2003 Visiting Scholar, Tokyo University, Department of Architecture, granted by Japan Society for The Promotion of Science, 

2000 Visiting Scholar, Kansai University, Department of Architecture, Osaka, granted by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Scandinavian-Sasakawa Foundation

2000-2004 Member of the Board of Directors of EBO consult (Energi, Bolig, Organisation) 

1997-2001 Vice-president of the Danish Sociological Association

1996 Visiting Scholar, the Centre Michel Foucault at the Bibliothèque du Saulchoir, Paris

1996- 2000 Head of the Master of Public Policy program, ISE, Roskilde University

1987-1990 Social Science Dissertation Fellowship, Roskilde University

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