Mikkel Morgen

PhD fellow, Master of Arts

  • Universitetsvej 1, 03.1-NW

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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Personal profile


The central purpose of my PhD is to:

  • investigate what is being learned by adult individuals during long-term (involuntary) unemployment; how, when and why learning is taking place during unemployment; and how these learning processes can be analyzed as dependent on and dialectically intertwined with the socio-political organization and cultural embeddedness of work/paid labor as well as the embodied and life-historical learning, the unconscious and emotional psychodynamics and subjective experience of the long-term unemployed. 

My main areas of knowledge and research/theoretical interest:

  • The philosophy/political economy/social theory of work
  • Worklessness/unemployment
  • Life-history and (auto-)biographical research
  • Andragogy and adult's learning, experience and identity processes
  • The role work in Critical Theory
  • Psychodynamics of work(lessness)
  • Psycho-societal theory/social psychoanalysis
  • The role of work in the pedagogy of Célestine Freinet

Experience prior to PhD:

I've had three years of practical experience doing social pedagogy and developing a 'Pedagogy of Work' - exploring the emancipatory and learning potentials of diverse forms of work together with long-term unemployed adults, while trying to counter the often times alienating and marginalizing features of the employment system.


The research is done in collaboration with Center for Special Education, who carries a practical interest in developing their methodological approach to occupational rehabilitation in more emancipatory directions with a focus on enhancing the life conditions of the long-term unemployed while creating better possibilities for transformative learning processes, humanization of work and identity development.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning, working life and unemployment, PhD, Roskilde University

1 Aug 20181 Aug 2021

Award Date: 1 Aug 2021

Pedagogy, philosophy of education and social psychology, Master of Arts, Roskilde University

1 Aug 20101 Aug 2016

Award Date: 1 Aug 2016

Facial Action Coding System (FACS), Certified FACS-coder

External positions

Industrial PhD, Center for Special Education

1 Aug 2018 → …


  • Education, Learning, Training

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Research Output

  • 2 Journal article
  • 1 Conference abstract for conference
  • 1 Contribution to newspaper - Feature article

Learning, Emancipation and The Societal Unconscious in Occupational Rehabilitation

Morgen, M., 15 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

Learning and unemployment: The depoliticization and taboos of work(lessness)

Morgen, M., 14 Apr 2020, (Submitted) In : Journal of Psycho-Social Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Arbejdet som middel, mennesket som mål - eller omvendt? En kritik af (løn)arbejdets rolle i den beskæftigelsesrettede socialpolitik

Morgen, M., 11 Apr 2019, In : Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv. 21, 1, p. 72-81 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Arbejdsløshedsforsker: Vores overdrevne fokus på arbejde hindrer det gode liv

Morgen, M., 24 Jul 2019, In : Kristeligt Dagblad.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Feature articleCommunication


Learning, identity and worklessness

Morgen, M.


Project: Research


Rehabilitation International World Congress 2020

Mikkel Morgen (Participant)

8 Sep 202010 Sep 2020

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

Macquarie University

Mikkel Morgen (Visiting researcher)

27 Mar 202027 Apr 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Learning, Emancipation and The Societal Unconscious in Occupational Rehabilitation

Mikkel Morgen (Speaker)

8 Sep 202010 Sep 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

The Annual Conference of ESREA – European Society for Research on the Education of Adults - Life History and Biography Network

Mikkel Morgen (Participant)

27 Feb 20201 Mar 2020

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

Adult education research and practicebetween the welfare state and neoliberalism

Mikkel Morgen (Participant)

19 Sep 201922 Sep 2019

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