Kirsten Drotner


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    5230 Odense M


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Research profile
Extensive insight and experience in directing international frontier research across humanities, social and natural sciences with special focus on media audiences, digital learning and literacies, participatory content creation, and museum communication.

Extensive academic experience as research fellow and visiting professor in a number of countries (Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States) and at a range of research institutions (universities, research labs, archives).

Academic appointments

Since 2000 Professor of media studies, University of Southern Denmark
1990-2000 Associate professor, Institute of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen.
1977-1990 Junior and senior research fellow at the University of Aarhus, the Danish Council for Research Policy and Planning, the Danish Research Council for the Humanities.

Scientific leadership
Since 2011 Chair, Danish Centre for Museum Research
2011-12 Director of the research programme ’Media, learning and knowledge formation’, Institute of Literature, Culture and Media Studies, University of Southern Denmark
Since 2004 Founding director of a national research centre, Dream: Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials
2004-06 Danish director of an EU Interreg programme ‘FilmTrain’, for professional media producers
1994-2000 Founding director of Centre of Child and Youth Media Studies.

Academic qualifications

2004-05 Certified course in research management, Copenhagen Business School
1985 Dr.phil., Aarhus University, Denmark
1977 MA (cand.mag.) in English and Danish studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Research funding

The European Union, the European Science Foundation, Danish TeleCom, the Danish Council for Research Policy and Planning, the Danish Research Council for the Humanities, the Danish Research Council for Strategic Research (Programme Committee on ICT research, Program committee on Creativity and Innovation), the Danish Ministry of Research, the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Danish Library Board, Jyske Bank.

Research experience

2012-14 Research partner in NordForsk-network ‘Nordic Research Network on Learning Across Contexts (NordLAC)’, grant holder professor Ola Erstad, Oslo University
2011-14 Research partner in Nordisk Council of Ministers network ‘Culture Kick: Knowledge, Innovation, and Commercialising Knots for design research within digital heritage’, grant holder Dr. Dagny Stuedahl, Oslo University
2012-13 Research partner in transatlantic network ‘Developing and Investigating Methodologies for Researching Connected Learning’, funded by The MacArthur Foundation, grant holder professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics
2011-13 Member of working group one, ’New media genres, media literacy and trust in the media’, under COST Action ISO906 ’Tansforming audiences, transforming societies’
2006-10 Research partner in international research project ‘Mediatized Stories’, grant holder professor Knut Lundby, Universitety of Oslo
1999-2004 Research partner in the ESF a la carte project ‘Changing Media, Changing Europe’
1996-2001 Danish research manager of ‘Global Disney Audiences’, an international comparative study involving 18 countries
1995-2000 Danish research manager of a pan-European responsive-mode study on ‘Children, Young People and the Changing Media Environment’, involving 12 countries.

Academic awards and honours
2012 Knighthood, the Order of Dannebrog
2008-09 Visiting professor, Dept. of Child and Youth Studies, University of Stockholm
2005- Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
2004-10 Visiting professor (professor II), Dept. of Educational Research, University of Oslo
2004 Visiting professor at the International Science Centre, Örebro University, Sweden
1999 Bonnier visiting professor, Dept. of Journalism, Media and Communication, Stockholm University
1990 Children's Literature Association prize for best scholarly work
1979 AIES grant, theBritish Council
1973 Grant, Egmont H. Petersens Foundation, to St. Clare's Hall, Oxford.

Current positions of trust

Since 2012 Chair of the Humanities Scientific Committee, Science Europe
Since 2012 Member of Research Policy Committee, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
2012-13 Member of Quality Reference Group, ‘Media’ Forward Look, European Science Foundation
Since Member of FACIT, The Danish Ministry of Education international committee
Since 2010 Board member, Danish Research Council of Independent Research
Since 2010 Member of the Spinoza Prize Committee, under NWO
Since 2010 Member of the Tietgen Prize Committee, DEA
Since 2007 Chair, board of governers for the research outreach site
Since 2007 Board member, The Clara Lachmanns Foundation.

Past positions of trust

2008-09 Member of HERA's joint research programme board
2006-07 Chair, Collegiate of Chairs, Danish research councils for independent research
2006-09 Member of network board for the ERA-net HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)
2006-09 Member of Standing Committee for the Humanities, ESF
2006-08 Member of national advisory committee on infrastructure, The Danish Ministry of Research, Technology and Innovation
2006-08 Member of committee on digitization of cultural heritage, the Danish Ministry of Culture
2005-09 Chair, the Danish Research Council for the Humanities
2005-09 Member of NOS-HS: Nordic Organisation of research collaboration, Humanities and social sciences
2005-09 Member of Research Committee, the Danish Ministry of Culture
2003-09 Member of the Danish Research Council for the Humanities
2002-08 Member of the programme committee for the strategic research programme ‘Communication, ICT and Media’, Norwegian Research Council
2004 Co-founder of The Association of Cultural Studies.

Scientific assessment (since 2000)

2010-12 Member of International network programme board, Danish Research Agency
2009 Member of international assessment committee of Dept. of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Vienna
2008-09 Chair, national bibliometric indicator, group10: Media and communication (inc. journalism, film, rhetorics, reseach outreach)
2006 Member of interdisciplinary assessment committee for Centres of Excellence, Norwegian Research Council
2005 Member of assessment committee for Nordic Centres of Excellence in humanities and social sciences, Nordic Research Cooperation (NOS-HS)
2003-05 Member of COST TC for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2003 Member of evaluation committee for the national research programme ’Media Culture Research’, Academy of Finland.

International grant review
Academy of Finland, Economic and Social Research Council, UK, European Research Council, European Science Foundation, Norwegian Research Council, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

International manuscript review

Reviewer for Yale University Press, Edward Arnold, Francis & Taylor, European Journal of Communication, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Feminist Media Studies, Acta Sociologica, Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, Young.

Research training

Primary advisor for 15 PhDs and secondary advisor for 14 PhDs. (Co-)director of and tutor at ph.d. courses in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and United Kingdom. Co-founder 2001 and board member 2001-03 of first Danish doctoral school on ‘Media, Communication and Journalism’.

Visiting appointments and research stays
2002, 2005 San Cataldo, Italy
2004 Dept. for Comparative Media Studies MIT
1997 Research visits at The Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Dept of History, Rutgers University; Groupe de recherche sur les jeunes et les médias, Université de Montréal; School of Communication, SFU Vancouver; Graduate Program in Communications, McGill University, Montreal
1977-81 Research visits at The Bodleian Library i Oxford, The British Museum, London; University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Birmingham University; Dept of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara.

Guest lectures
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA.

2009 Associate editor, Human Communication Research (Blackwell)
2008 Editorial board, Int. Journal of Learning and Media (MIT)
2008 Editorial board, Communication, Culture & Critique (Blackwell)
2007 Editorial board, Int. Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage)
2007 Editorial board, Girlhood Studies (Berghahn)
2007 Editorial advisory board, Digital kompetanse (University Publishers of Norway)
2005 Editorial board, Journal of Feminist Media Studies (Sage)
2005 Editorial board, Journal of Children and Media (Routledge)
1997-09 Editorial advisory board, European Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage)
1995-99 Editorial advisory board, Francis & Taylors Media, Education & Culture series
1993 Co-founder and Danish editor of Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research. Chief Editor 1994-96 (Sage).

Major research publications in English
K. Drotner & K.C. Schrøder (eds.) (2013) Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum. New York: Routledge. In press.
K. Drotner & D. Laursen (eds.) (2011) ‘Digital technologies and museum experiences’. Special issue of MedieKultur vol. 28, no. 50. See:
K. Drotner & K.C. Schrøder (eds.) (2010) Digital Content Creation: Creativity, Competence, Critique. New
York: Peter Lang.
K. Drotner, K.C. Schrøder & H. S. Jensen (eds.) (2008) Informal Learning and Digital Media. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
K. Drotner, & S. Livingsone (eds.) (2008) International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. London: Sage.
K.C. Schrøder, K. Drotner, S. Kline & C. Murray (2003) Researching Audiences: A Practical Guide to Methods in Media Audience Analysis. London: Edward Arnold.
K. Drotner (1988) English Children and Their Magazines, 1751-1945. New Haven: Yale UP. Orig. 1985.

Research publications in Nordic languages
Single author of ten books and co-author of nine books
(Co-)editor of nine anthologies and five special issues of research journals
(Co-)author of 51 anthology articles
(Co-)author of 31 journal articles.

Research areas

audience studies, children and media, digital media competences, digital content creation, creative user-generated innovation, media history, museum communication, qualitative metodology,

Research information

2011-13 Member of working group one, ’New media genres, media literacy and trust in the media’, under COST Action ISO906 ’Tansforming audiences, transforming societies’

Research areas

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Litterature, Culture and Media
  • History


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