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Dr Mathilde Christensen

Dr Mathilde Christensen

Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning

School of Geography and Planning

Overview

I am a human geographer with academic interests centered on themes of mobility and how mobility intersects with sustainability, everyday lives and technologies.I explore questions pertaining to how complex infrastructures of mobility, mobile communication and networked connections are interacting with- and reshaping contemporary urban environments.My analytical starting point is grounded in everyday practices, as I address questions of urban dynamics and socio-economic processes.

My most recent work explores how Airbnb host performances are restructuring existing perceptions of economic, cultural and private categories and how such performances are challenging existing urban landscapes and local legislations and are creating new modes of mobility.

I am curently working to expand my research portfolio in the direction on how ethics and sustainability is negotiated in relation to mobility choices. Specifically I find the notion of ’Flyskam’ ( flying shame) intriguing, as representing a new mode of negotiation on the environmental impacts of travel habits and seeking out alternatives to flying.

I have additionally conducted research into areas of urban planning, urban life and mobility.

Keywords: 

Mobilities

Collaborative Economies

Tourism

Airbnb

Biography

2019

Ph.D. from the program of Society, Space and Technology, Roskilde University and

Ph.D. Program of Communication, Culture & Media, Drexel University

2012

Cand Soc.(MA)  in Geography and Communication, Roskilde University

2009

BSc (BA) in Communication and Geography, Roskilde University

Publications

2020

2017

2015

Teaching

As a student you will encounter me in different roles, different module and at different stages of your education. 

I am a module leader for 'Foundations of Social Science Research, introducing Philosophy of Science for Master and Ph.D. students at the School of Social Science. I additionally contribute at the course in Human Geogrpahy through courses in Qualitative Methods, Urban Geography, Geographical Imaginations and Liveable Cities. Finally I am engaged in supervising dissertations for both geography and planning students.

Christensen, M. D. (2020). Performing a peer-to-peer economy: how Airbnb hosts navigate socio-institutional frameworks. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 0(0), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2020.1849231


Christensen, M. D., & Koefoed, L. (2020). Mobile encounters and meeting places in motion. In C. Lassen & L. H. Laursen (Eds.), Mobilizing Place Management (pp. 27–48). London & New York: Routledge.


Koefoed, L., Christensen, M. D., & Simonsen, K. (2017). Mobile encounters: bus 5A as a cross-cultural meeting place. Mobilities, 12(5). https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2016.1181487


Meged, J. W., & Christensen, M. D. (2017). Working within the Collaborative Tourist Economy: The complex crafting of work and meaning. In D. Dredge & S. Gyimóth (Eds.), Collaborative Economy and Tourism Perspectives, Politics, Policies and Prospects. Springer.


 Larsen, J., & Christensen, M. D. (2015). The unstable lives of bicycles: the “unbecoming” of design objects. Environment and Planning A, 47(4), 922–938. https://doi.org/10.1068/a140282p