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More focus on career opportunities and working conditions

It is important that the temporary employees have a clear voice on the University Board to ensure the university is continually concerned with the temporary employees.

Anne Kirstine Munk Christiansen


Why do you stand for election?

“It is important that the temporary employees have a clear voice on the University Board to ensure the university is continually concerned with their conditions of employment, job satisfaction and career opportunities when decisions are made.”

What are the 3 main issues you want to focus on?

  • Increased focus on career opportunities for temporary employees, including the quality of the research education. And equal opportunities for further career development independent of gender, ethnicity, and social background.
  • The working conditions and the working environment for temporary staff. The coronavirus crisis has clearly demonstrated how vulnerable temporary employees are, and it is important that the university continues to address this challenge.
  • A carefully considered sustainability strategy that considers international exchange with regard to sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions.

What qualities/skills do you have to make your colleagues vote for you?

“I am not afraid to speak up and stand up for what I think is right, but at the same time, I am respectful and attentive when meeting other people and other viewpoints.

 “I am a good collaborator, and I can draw on in-depth knowledge of various players in the world of research both in Norway, the Nordic countries and Europe by virtue of my work at NordForsk and at the Danish research council, where I was responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary, cross-European calls for proposals in various fields. I am Danish but have lived in Norway for six years, so I feel well suited to represent both Norwegian and international temporary employees on the Board.”

“I also have experience with board work in the research world, for several years I organised board meetings for the then Council for Strategic Research in Denmark, including preparation of resolution proposals and implementation of decisions.”


  • 2018-: Start of four-year employment as a research fellow at UiA (with 25% tuition). My PhD project is about the literary representations of returning soldiers in American fiction about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
  • 2009-2011: Fulbright Scholarship for an MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research, New York.
  • 2004-2007: BA in Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen.

Work experience:

  • 2016-2017: Communications adviser in NordForsk, an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers that facilitates joint Nordic calls for research proposals.
  • 2014-2016: Freelance writer based in Oslo; articles and book reviews for e.g. the Norwegian Klassekampen and the Danish Weekendavisen. In addition, articles on research and the role of the humanities in society in various magazines.
  • 2011-2014: Adviser to the (then) The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Copenhagen. Here I worked on tasks for the Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research, managing funds for the Programme Committee for Education and Creativity, coordination of joint European calls for research funding under the EU Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) and ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 and participation in Science Europe.
  • 2010-2011: Freelance proofreader for various Danish publishers (both fiction and non-fiction).
  • 2007-2008: Web editor at National Centre for Reading (DK).

Board experience:

  • 2018-: Representative for temporary employees in the Department Council at the Department of Foreign Languages ​​and Translation, UiA.
  • 2011: Board member of Kunstforeningen of ​​1847, part of the board for Kunsthal Aarhus.
  • 2007-2009: Board member of Testrup Folkehøgskole's student association.
  • 2000-2002: Member of the board of Aarhus Statsgymnasium.