Today, I start a in new position as Head of Studies at the IT University of Copenhagen.
As Head of Studies, I will be responsible for quality assurance and development of all study programs at the university. It is a position in management and administration, so in the future there will be another focus in my professional life than before. To some extent, that is: two days of the week will still be used for research, and the position is temporary (after it terminates, I will go back to my normal Associate Professorship). But for the next three years, my research engagements will be focused on only a few projects which are most important for me. I will get to say “no” a lot more (and probably a lot more than I am comfortable with).
The internet and digital technology is likely here to stay, and the IT University of Copenhagen plays an important part in equipping the Danish society to the digital future. I am excited and proud to play a central role in bringing that ambition to life over the coming years.
At ITU, I will become part of the Digital Society and Communication (DiSCo) section. Closely connected to DiSCo is the DECIDIS research network, which is a strategic priority area aimed at researching “democracy and citizenship in [the] digital society”. In many regards, it’s closely connected to my own research into how digitalization transforms society’s existing (“old”) institutions, even if my focus is on the media sector rather than the political field.
In terms of teaching, I’ll teach the course “Digital Media and Communication” together with Luca Rossi this Fall and then reboot the “Digital Rhetorics” course next Spring. Furthermore, I expect to organize a PhD course on the digital economy in the Fall of 2017.
And finally, I’m involved (at very different levels) in the organization of three conferences in the near future:
For the last two years and a half, I’ve worked at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best people I know, and the collaborations and friendships opened there will continue. On that note, this picture is from the farewell reception I held with a number of colleagues late in June: fellow Aslak Gottlieb introduces the second-best gin in the world to a bunch of good colleagues, capturing the atmosphere in Odense at its best.
Largely, the research environment at the ITU DiSCo section is shaped by the humanities and the more sociologically informed parts of social science. In that regards, it’s somewhat closer to my own background – even if more hardcore economics is one of the disciplines I’m currently also reaching out to in order to conduct some of my research on the digital economy of the news industry,
This will be fun. Stay tuned.
Update, August 2, 2016: As Turo Uskali correctly points out in the comment below, I will also be involved in the organization of the NordMedia 2017 conference in Tampere, Finland (August, 2017). Since I’m chair of SMiD, I’m automatically part of the NordMedia steering committee. Furthermore, I currently serve as chair of the Journalism Studies division.