Kristine Samson
  • Universitetsvej 1, 43.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personal profile


I am an urban ecologist, thinker-activist and transdisciplinary scholar who is not so much interested in analyzing how the world is, but rather how to affect its becomings. My current research evolves around four interrelated interests: 


* Environmental Humanities and more-than-human and feminist geographies. For instance, I look into nature-cultures in the city and its commons. Commons I understand both as territorial commons and urban nature, and as socio-cultural processes of commoning that potentially can open for pathsways for a reparative future. I am interested in how mental, social and environmental ecologies intersect. Hence, I work with embodied knowledge production to welcome sensory, collective forms of knowing. Here I draw on theories and artistic research from eco-feminism and environmental humanities to engage with the more-than human and eco-logical world-making practices.


* Research Creation, embodied and situated knowledges For instance how research creation, art and embodied forms of knowing can lead to transdisciplinary discovery outside of established disciplines. Here I draw on arts-based methodologies, aesthetic theory and situated, embodied knowledges from Haraway to Massumi and Manning. Working collaboratively with performers, film-makers and sound-artists enrich my academic practice, and I have in my collaborations over the years been a co-creator and curator of films, site-specific walks and performances, performance lectures and exhibitions.


* Citizen studies, co-design and activism, in particular how activism unfolds in material, spatial and aesthetic forms. I am interseted in how such performative activism potentially holds a capacity for urban societal change in not only protesting against market-driven urbanity but also designing micro-utopias within it. Here I draw on citizen studies and notions of performativity in spatial and political theory, co-design and urban studies.

* Affect theory and urban studies On the one hand in a critique of how current meditization processes and interface culture transform the city, its encounters  and democratic forms of participation. On the other hand how counter movement and collectives propose alternative affective encounters. Here I draw on Spinozist and Deleuzian/Guattarian affect theory and process philosophy.


I am currently an associate professor at Department for Communication and Arts, and have been employed at Roskilde University since 2011. I have been teaching in topics such as aesthetic theory, situated methods, participatory design and performative urbanism. I currently collaborate with people in Chile, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Sweden, US and Denmark.


A brief curriculum:

2018-2023 Co-researcher in the cross-continental project, Performative Urbanism - Situating Critical Performance Design Practices in the City headed by Director Shauna Janssen, Concordia University.


2015-2021 Co-researcher with the subproject Evental Urbanism in the national project Affect, Interface, Event headed by Professor, Bodil Marie Thomsen, and funded by FKK.


2018- 2020 Principal Investigator in Situated Knowledge and material practice in problem-oriented Learning. Funded by Centre for research and Problem-oriented project Learning at RUC.


2014-2016 Co-researcher and project leader with Sanne Krogh Groth in Fluid Sounds - Fluid States a project developing artistic research formats such as the Audio Paper, and the site-specific conference format Fluid States-Fluid Sounds. A collaborative project funded and supported by, Designing Human Technologies, Roskilde University, Danish Council for Independent Research, FKK, and PSI (Performance Studies International).

2012-2015 Co-researcher in Designing Human Technologies, a transdisciplinary project across several departments at Roskilde University, headed by Prof. Jesper Simonsen.

2007-2010 Ph.D. project Performative Aesthetics in Urban Space - a transdisciplinary project situated between JuulFrost Architects (JFA) and the urban studies and planning department at Roskilde University. 


Research stays abroad:

2019: Visiting researcher at Pulse Lab, Concordia Univcersity.

2013 Visiting Researcher at Universidad Catolico, Santiago de Chile.

2009: Visiting scholar at Columbia University at the Department for Architecture and Planning. 


Besides my jobs in academia I have been working as a tour guide, a freelancer, a ready-made performer, a consultant, a bartender, a copy-editor, an editorial assistant, an industrial cleaner, a tourist hostess.

I live in Nørrebro, Copenhagen with my two kids. I am easily inspired, and research is all I can do.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • urban studies
  • landscape ecology
  • anthropocene
  • informal urbanism
  • temporary urban spaces
  • urban activism
  • Environmental planning
  • urban encounters
  • urban design
  • art in public space
  • art and planning
  • co-design
  • Landscape design
  • critical urban theory
  • segregation
  • architecture and urban design
  • spatial planning
  • cultural planning
  • ecologies
  • commons
  • urban planning
  • multispecies ethnography
  • spatial practice
  • spatial change
  • multispecies publics
  • Cultural encounters, Multi-culturalism
  • informal settlements
  • migration
  • urbanization
  • civic engagement
  • civic rights
  • social inclusion
  • citizen studies
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • multispecies ethnography
  • favelas
  • citizen participation
  • cultural citizenship
  • performative citizenship
  • segregation
  • more-than human encounters
  • Theory of science, History and sociology of science, knowledge and technology, Research policy
  • material studies
  • process philosophy
  • affirmative ethics
  • event philosophy
  • research creation
  • arts-based research
  • affect theory
  • pragmatism
  • situated knowledge
  • transversality
  • transdisciplinary research
  • feminist theory
  • new materialism
  • embodiment
  • Literature, Art, Music, Aestheticism
  • Aesthetic theory
  • environmental art
  • architecture
  • art in public
  • social aesthetics
  • installation art
  • performance art
  • immersive art
  • sound art
  • aesthetics of participation
  • art biennials
  • sound art in public space
  • identity politics in art
  • post-dramatic theatre
  • performance and performativity
  • the social turn
  • art exhibitions
  • relational art
  • endurance performance
  • dance and choreography
  • found scenographies
  • body politics
  • spatial performativity
  • immersion
  • media art
  • performance
  • Communication, Journalism, Media
  • spatial communication
  • visual communication
  • place-making
  • media and activism
  • interface culture
  • Embodied methodologies
  • visual methods
  • mediation
  • environmental media
  • social movements and media
  • visual ethnography
  • meditization
  • public ethnography
  • collaborative methods

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