What has been your career path towards your current position?
- I have a fairly varied background from the humanities with subjects in Norwegian, art history and media studies. After finishing my master’s I was offered a PhD position at BI. For me, this was an absolutely fantastic opportunity, and that period was the best years of my life.
We were a great team working together and supporting each other. My supervisor’s name was Tor Hernes. Tor, Tore Bakken and Lars Thue really opened my eyes to what it means to be a researcher. They had many philosophical, curious, and knowledgeable views on academic topics, and they took good care of all the young PhD fellows.
My PhD thesis was a monograph on change and stability in a public institution. In the last year of my doctorate, I also got teaching responsibilities. It was a steep learning curve, but I received good support from Tor Bang, Morten William Knudsen and Gerhard Schjelderup. In 2009 I received my PhD and subsequently got a permanent position at BI.
Can you tell us about your current research projects?
- Right now I have quite a lot going on. My biggest project is MICC (Media Innovation Through the Corona Crisis) which is a 2-year research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project I work closely with Ragnhild Kr. Olsen and Peder Inge Furseth. The project is anchored at the BI Center for Creative Industries.
I am also doing a study with Peter Booth regarding media executives' relationship to social media. Lastly, I work on two articles on crisis communication. One is with Linn-Birgit Kampen Kristensen regarding a failed advertising campaign by SAS on Facebook. The second is a rhetorical analysis of previous press conferences during the pandemic that I am writing with Maria Isaksson.