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Primary Research Area

My research focuses on people's practices with material culture, particularly the way cultural ideals shape the transition from one type of technology to another. I have a particular interest in architecture, home culture, light and atmosphere.

My PhD from University College London, UCL, focused on the Bedouin in Jordan, while further studies have been a comparative study of uses of light in Jordan and Denmark

Current research

My current research concerns the experience and design of lighting in urban spaces, as director of the Velux project Living with Nordic Lighting

I am also co-directing Urban Tech Lab where we use eye-tracking, Galvanic Skin Response and other technologies to investigate urban spaces in combination with qualitative methods.

Previous research concentrated on the transition from incandescent light to energy saving light bulbs in Denmark and Jordan. Particularly focusing on its reception and use in orchestrating spaces of hospitality and cosyness. The research addresses concepts such as atmosphere, materiality, technology and ethics.

Previously I have also focused on cultural heritage among the Bedouin in Jordan


  • Light
  • Materiality
  • Technology
  • Atmosphere & Sensory studies
  • Urban design
  • Urban studies, architecture, home culture
  • Cultural heritage, UNESCO
  • Anthropology

Phd supervision: 

  • Jeremy Frank-Payne (PhD student)
  • Eva Johanne Mailund Jensen (Industrial-Phd)
  • Lotte Møller Kofoed (co-supervisor)
  • Jason Falkenburg, University of Oslo (co-supervisor), completed
  • Stine Louring Nielsen, Aalborg University (Co-supervisor) completed
  • Rasmus Tyge Haarløv, ITU (co-supervisor)
  • Curriculum

2021 - co-director of Urban Tech Lab

2021 - Research group leader MOSPUS (Mobility, Space, Place, Urban Studies)

2018 - 2022 Project leader: Velux project Living with Nordic Lighting

2020 project leader: Velux, the pandemic city, with Mikkel Thelle

2019 International Visiting scholar, Emerging Technologies, Monash University

2017-2018  Chairman of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters - The Young Academy

2017 - 2018 Head of Studies HumTek Bach, Roskilde University

2017 - International Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology. London School of Economics, May

2016 - International Visiting Scholar, Demand Centre, Lancaster University, March-May

2014 Associate Professor, Roskilde University

2014 Vice head of Danish censor corps for anthropology

2013-2018 Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters - The Young Academy

2010 Assistant Professor, Institute for Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

2009 Deputy Director Qatar Islamic Arhcaceology and Heritage Project, University of Copenhagen

2006-2009 Ph.D. student Material culture, University College London, Department of Anthropology

2005-2006 Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Social Anthropology, University College London, Department of Anthropology. 1st year of PhD

2004-2005 Master of Arts (MA) in Material & Visual culture, University College London, Department of Anthropology

2003-2004 Teacher in archaeology, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, University of Copenhagen

2001-2003 Cand. Mag. (MA) Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Copenhagen

2001-2003 Higher Business Diploma (HD) part 1, Copenhagen Business School

1998-2001 Bachelor Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Copenhagen

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University College London

Award Date: 28 May 2009

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