INTERSECT is an academic community for interdisciplinary collaboration at the intersection of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and design. We intersect research on cities, landscapes and communities with questions of inequality and justice. Intersections are what we study, as well as how we work.

Why think about equitable cities, landscapes and communities?

The economic, social, cultural, technological and ecological differences that characterize cities are exacerbated or mitigated by how we imagine, build and live in them. Such differences can easily lead to inequalities and injustices that are invisible to those not affected and slippery to grasp.

Therefore, there is an urgent need to be able to identify and articulate differences, injustices, inequalities and inequities and to understand their impact.


  • Life expectancy is different for those living in the parts of the city where winds carry pollutants.
  • When snowstorms, storm water or drought hit underserved communities, existing inequalities increase.
  • Limited access to high-speed internet can entrench existing inequalities in areas such as education, employment, and access to healthcare.

Such examples call for interdisciplinary thinking and the development of new vocabularies that go beyond traditional academic methods.


Henriette Steiner
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Kristin Veel
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies

How are we doing this?

INTERSECT develops new ways of identifying and discussing slippery problems that are hard to measure, intersecting a wide range of methodologies ranging from artistic practice-based methodologies to data-driven GIS methods.  For instance: 

  • We facilitate CIRCLES as a format for interdisciplinary dialogue that bumps together different voices to accelerate emerging ideas.

  • We develop novel methodologies that combine narratives, visual vocabularies, theory and data to grasp invisible conditions that are difficult to identify before we know where to look.

  • We collaborate at the intersection where research meets lived experiences because engagement with decision makers and the public is essential to understand the problems we tackle and envision new solutions.

Our ethos

INTERSECT is an inclusive and respectful academic environment where different voices intersect to help emerging ideas grow.

Join us

Come join us and help us bring into visibility what makes an equitable cites, landscapes and communities. 







CIRCLES@the University of Copenhagen is a seminar series that stimulates an inclusive environment for discussions.

CIRCLES@the University of Copenhagen brings together scholars from across the University of Copenhagen to advance innovative, interdisciplinary research. By bringing knowledge and methodologies from arts, humanities, social sciences, and design into dialogue, we stimulate cross-disciplinary and collaborative research ideas.

A CIRCLE is a meeting that challenges the spatial hierarchies of the traditional seminar setting and creates an inclusive environment through the application of a set of simple ground rules. By abandoning tables, lecterns and digital presentation tools, placing chairs in a circle so that everyone can see each other in full, we circumvent the hierarchies that emerge when a presenter stands behind a desk and faces a passive audience, instead stimulating collective thinking. A CIRCLE is limited to twenty people, including the lead speaker(s).

CIRCLES@the University of Copenhagen is a collaboration across the Faculties of Humanities and Science, organized by Kristin Veel from the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and Henriette Steiner from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. 


Each year we invite applications for a fellowship at INTERSECT. We select 1-2 young scholars (PhD and Postdoc level) to come and stay with us in Copenhagen. 

The fellowship includes

  • Travel costs up to 10000 DKK
  • Access to a work station at The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Waiving of the bench fee of 3500DKK per month if you wish to stay more than three months

The application should include one page on your research and your motivation to come, a CV and a publication list.

Deadline 31 May 2023. Please send application to




Affiliated researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Ag, Tanya Ravn Postdoc +4535321265 E-mail
Ekman, Ulrik Associate Professor +4535329278 E-mail
Fastrup, Anne Associate Professor +4522158808 E-mail
Fryd, Ole Associate Professor +4520984243 E-mail
Gulsrud, Natalie Marie Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4521865524 E-mail
Holmes, Jessica Allison Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535322318 E-mail
Michelsen, Anders Ib Associate Professor +4527584257 E-mail
Munck Petersen, Rikke Associate Professor +4535320416 E-mail
Reeh, Henrik Associate Professor +4535328231 E-mail
Riesto, Svava Associate Professor +4535331768 E-mail
Ringsager, Kristine Associate Professor   E-mail
Skytt-Larsen, Christine Benna Associate Professor +4535325846 E-mail
Spooner, Caroline Jayne Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Steiner, Henriette Associate Professor +4535331033 E-mail
Søilen, Karen Louise Grova Teaching Associate Professor +4535330228 E-mail
Veel, Kristin Eva Albrechtsen Haahr Associate Professor +4520404914 E-mail
Wellendorf, Kassandra Charlotte Teaching Associate Professor +4528197656 E-mail