Research comes in projects, big and small. In the processes of working with projects revolving around time and temporality, I also experience my own temporal frames, or pathologies, or karma... Haunted by an idea of progress that I never seem to bring to fruition, a way of working that shows my entanglement in accelerated life. But really, I am what Berg & Seeberg (2016) have called a slow professor. I like the murky depths and the nets of relations of the knowledge I collect, and I am practising how to think and write with grace and latitude. Below are some of my projects. Some are finished, some are open, some are developing new strands of thought. None of them have developed into the neat and orderly packages I imagined them to.

Local visions of sustainable tourism – the case of Rauma, Norway

The research project investigates the imaginaries, values and ontologies that are tied to the development of sustainable tourism among different actors in the geographical area and municipality of Rauma, Norway. What is sustainable tourism, to whom – and across which time horizons?

Time frame: 2020-ongoing

Collaborators:

Lise Lillebrygfjeld Halse, Professor stipend, Molde University College

Carina Ren, Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Exploring the hyperobject:
DUST

'Hyperobject’ is a geo-philosophical concept denoting “things that are massively distributed in time and space relative to humans”. This pilot study speculated how 'dust' can be approached as a hyperobject. Based on text/desktop research and sound-artistic compoistions, the pilot created what we named a lecture-performance, in which invited guests were immersed in dust through sound, words, mini-lectures, and material engagement.

Time frame: 2017

Collaborator:

Eduardo Abrantes, sound artist, Ph.D., artistic researcher

Potentials & paradoxes of

glacial rock flour

Spearheaded by Professor of Geology Minik Rosing and his platform Greenland Perspective (University of Copenhagen), a team of natural scientists is investigating the nutrient properties of 'Glacial Rock Flour' (GRF); the fine-grained mud that glaciers grind and leave behind as they withdraw. The aim is to develop and commercialize GRF as a natural fertilizer that can revitalize depleted and exhausted soils across the planet. My research project follows the challenges and visions of the early GRF project and investigates how the actors involved handle the strategic, ethical and environmental concerns of its geo-engineering practices.

 

Time frame: 2017-2018, analyses still open.

Collaborators:

Steen Vallentin, Associate Professor & co-director of CBS Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School

Time hybrids in
Corporate Strategy

Postdoc project that investigated the dichotomies of long-term and short-term thinking, asking: How can present corporate strategy, building on short-term objectives, incorporate future social pressures consisting of complex and longitudinal issues? How can we move towrds the future in alternative ways? The question was pursued through empirical investigations such as interviews with corporate top managers, as well as performative experiments with time and agency.

Time frame: 2013-2016

Collaborators: Own project, funded by Carlsbergfondet

Imaginaries of a

sustainable Greenland

The project explores how the organizations of Greenlandic society relate to sustainability as a locally situated practice in a globally changing world. Based on interviews with company leaders and other key opinion leaders in Greenland, as well as newspaper articles and scientific reports, we investigate how CSR is becoming a tool for organizational engagement in social change.

Time frame: 2014-16, still open for re-workings and -writing.

Collaborator:

Steen Vallentin, Associate Professor & co-director of CBS Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School

Sustainability-as-practice: a case study of a CSR programme

Ph.D. thesis. The dissertation applied a micro-strategic perspective to the phenomenon of integrating sustainability into business practices. It is the result of a 3-year single case study of a corporate sustainability programme at medical devices company Coloplast, through its different stages of development from formation to business integration. The research question was: How do managers execute a vision of sustainability integration into the micro-strategic processes of everyday corporate life? The study shows how strategic confusion prevails due to the programme's conflicting logics: a dominant set of business logics and a less prevalent set of "social" logics (ethical values, long-term impact, the creation of better societies). It also shows that experimentation and failiure are core elements in integrating the largely foreign logics of a "social" orientation with current business practices.

Time frame: 2009-2012

Supervisor: Silviya Svejenova, Professor, CBS (prev. ESADE Business School)

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