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I am an ethnographer of academic cultures and practices, and an educational researcher. I have recently moved into academic development and university pedagogy.

As an ethnographer of academic cultures and practices, I explore how researchers in the social sciences and humanities construct and undertake their work. Through the notion of boundary work I have explored how researchers maintain, negotiate and disrupt the boundaries of scientificity in everyday interactions. I have investigated the effects of neoliberal policy reforms and new public management practices on university researchers' work, identities and work experiences. In this body of work I sometimes use the genre of creative non-fiction, as a way to question and call attention to the production of academic/scientific knowledge.

As an educational researcher, I have explored the role and implications of psy- disciplinary knowledges in educational fields. I have also researched doctoral education, the changes to doctoral education under neoliberal reform, and the subjectification of doctoral students and the implications hereof for the pedagogical encounter between student and supervisor(s).

More recently, I have started to research collaborative and inquiry-based learning in university education and academic development, including compulsory teacher training. In relation to this, I am the director of the Roskilde University research centre for problem-oriented project-based learning, RUC-PPL.

After many years teaching in sociology, educational psychology, philosophy of science, and research methodology, my teaching is now primarily within university pedagogy, including doctoral supervision, but I am also involved in supervision of Masters projects within educational studies.


Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, Monash University

Sociology, PhD, Københavns Universitet

Psychology and History, MA, Roskilde University


  • Theory of science, History and sociology of science, knowledge and technology, Research policy
  • Academic work
  • Academia
  • The idea of the university
  • Neoliberal policy reform
  • Ethnography
  • Critique
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Discourse analysis
  • Diversity
  • Foucault
  • Actor-network theory
  • Narrative theory
  • History of the present
  • Psy-disciplines
  • Nietzsche
  • Collaborative learning
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Academic development
  • Doctoral Education
  • PhD supervision
  • Learning theory

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Research Output 1998 2018

‘Data found us’: A critique of some new materialist tropes in educational research

Petersen, E. B., 2018, In : Research in Education. 101, 1, p. 5-16

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in Education

Petersen, E. B. & Millei, Z., 2017, Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education. Gobby, B. & Walker, R. (eds.). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, p. 217-242

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Becoming a 'Learner' in the Australian Primary School: An (Auto)ethnographic Exploration

Petersen, E. B., 2016, Interrupting the Psy-Disciplines in Education. Bendix Petersen, E. & Millei, Z. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 59-74

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Projects 2015 2020

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Organisation and participation in conference
  • 1 Lecture and oral contribution

Post-kritisk uddannelsesforskning i svære tider – en note om nogle performative modsætninger

Eva Bendix Petersen (Speaker)
29 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

RUC-PPL launch

Eva Bendix Petersen (Organizer), Jakob Egholm Feldt (Organizer), Peter Kjær (Speaker), Knud Illeris (Speaker), Hans Ulrik Rosengaard (Speaker), Pernille Juhl (Speaker), Maggi Savin-Baden (Speaker), Hanne Leth Andersen (Speaker)
2 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference


Press / Media

Fremtiden: Løbende bedømmelser

Eva Bendix Petersen


1 item of media coverage

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