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  • Universitetsvej 1, 02

    DK-4000 Roskilde

    Denmark

20022021
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Personal profile

Research

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, 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

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

Areas

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

Phd supervision: 

  • Jeremy Frank-Payne (PhD student)
  • Eva Johanne Mailund Jensen (Industrial-Phd)
  • Jason Falkenburg, University of Oslo (co-supervisor)
  • Stine Louring Nielsen, Aalborg University (Co-supervisor)
  • Curriculum

    2018 - Project leader: Velux project Living with Nordic Lighting

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

    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, Roskilder 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

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2002 2019

Atmospheric Practices. On affecting and being affected

Bille, M. & Simonsen, K., 2019, In : Space & Culture. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Being Bedouin around Petra: Life at a World Heritage Site in the Twenty-First Century

Bille, M., 2019, London: Berghahn Books. 210 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Émile Durkheim: Social sammenhæng og kollektiv opbrusen

Bille, M. & Schwabe, S., 2019, (Submitted) Antropologiske Tænkere. Hastrup, K. (ed.). København: Hans Reitzels Forlag

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Homely atmosphere and lighting technologies in Denmark: Living with Light

Bille, M., 2019, London: Bloomsbury Academic. (Home cultures).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Indledning

Bille, M., Engberg-Pedersen, A. & Gram-Skjoldager, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Verden ifølge Humaniora. Bille, M., Engberg-Pedersen, A. & Gram-Skjoldager, K. (eds.). Aarhus Universitetsforlag

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

Projects 2018 2021

Energioptimering med adaptivt lys i folkeskolen.

Bille, M.

01/01/201931/12/2021

Project: Research

Living with Nordic Lighting

Bille, M., Pinder, D., Schwabe, S., Stenslund, A., Payne-Frank, J. H., Hauge, B. & Lerche Klaaborg, I.

01/01/201831/12/2021

Project: Research

Activities 2014 2019

Aestheticizing Surveillance: Urban Lighting and Ambient Power

Mikkel Bille (Speaker), Siri Schwabe (Speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Social Lighting Design

Mikkel Bille (Organizer)
20 Feb 2018

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

The World of Humanities

Mikkel Bille (Organizer), Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Organizer), Anders Engberg-Pedersen (Organizer)
10 Jan 2018

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

Taylor Francis Group, Routledge (Publisher)

Mikkel Bille (Editor)
2018

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Living and Building with light

Mikkel Bille (Speaker)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Klipper from for kultur

Mikkel Bille

30/11/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview om lys

Mikkel Bille

25/01/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

9224 Lys former vores relation til verden

Mikkel Bille

23/01/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Danskerne hører til verdens mest lysbevidste

Mikkel Bille

08/12/2017

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Danskerne hører til verdens mest lysbevidste folk

Mikkel Bille

08/12/2017

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media