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Karen Valentin

PhD i antropology, Lektor

Personal:     Danish citizen, born 25.03.1968, married with two children (maternity leave 03.02-12.03 and 11.07- 07.08)


02.02           Ph.D. in anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
07.96           Cand.scient.anth., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
05.94           Bachelor's Degree in anthropology, University of Copenhagen


01.07 -         Associate Professor, Department of Education, Aarhus University (prev. Institute of Educational Anthropology, the Danish University of Education)

09.03-11.06   Assistant Professor, Institute of Educational Anthropology, the Danish University of Education

02.02-08.03   Assistant Research Professor, Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

09.97-04.01   Research fellow (ph.d.), Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

Externally funded research projects and other grants

01.15-12.19   FFU/Danida: Subproject An Anthropological Study of the Dynamics of Public Resource Flows and Usages in Nepal’s school education as part of the framework project Locating Public Finance Dynamics in Education in Nepal. PI Senior researcher Pramod Bhatta. In collaboration with Martin Chautari and Kathmandu University.

11.11-10.16   FFU/Danida: Subproject The Returns of Educational Migration and its Impact on the Rebuilding of New Nepal as part of the framework project Nepal on the Move Conflict, Stability and Migration. PI Associate Professor Jens Seeberg. In collaboration with Kathmandu University and North Eastern Hill University.

09.10-09.14   The Danish Research Council for Independent Research, Humanities: Education, mobility and citizenship. An anthropological study of educational migration to Denmark. PI and project responsible.

01.07-06.10   The Council for Development Research, Danida: Youth, Education and Migration: the Case of Young Nepalese in North India 2007-2008.

08.04-09.04   The Council for Development Research, Danida: Completion of book manuscript Schooled for the Future. Educational Policy and Everyday Life among Urban Squatters in Nepal.

02.02-09.05   The Council for Development Research, Danida: Post doc scholarship as part of the framework project Youth and the City. Skills, Knowledge and Social Reproduction. PI and project responsible Professor Karen Tranberg Hansen, Northwestern University. No specified budget for individual projects.

10.97-04.01   The Council for Development Research, Danida: Fieldwork expenses for Ph.D. project Education among Urban Low-Income Families in Kathmandu – the Social and Cultural Meaning of Formal Education in Nepal.

Teaching and supervision experience

2003 –             Extended experience with teaching at Master’s level in the field of educational anthropology in both theoretical, methodological and thematic courses as well as supervision of Master’s dissertations.

Ph.D. supervision (current):

Ashika Niraula, Aarhus University (main supervisor)

Rajeshwor Acharya, Aarhus University (main supervisor)

Todd Wallenius, aarhus University (main supervsior)
Sanjay Hamal, Kathmandu University, Nepal (co-supervisor)
Laxmi Dhungel, Kathmandu University, Nepal (co-supervisor)
Hari Maya Sharma, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (co-supervisor)

Editorial activities

01.05-12.12    Editor of YOUNG, Nordic Journal of Youth Research. Sage Publications (from 01.08 main editor)

Other academic positions and activities (selected)

09.17-           PhD Programme Director, Learning and Education, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

11.14-07.17    Head of Department, Educational Anthropology, Aarhus University

10.13-11.14    Director of the research program Education, Policy and Organisation in the Knowledge Economy (EPOKE), Aarhus University

01.12- 11.14   Member of Academic Council, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

09.11- 06.13   Chair of the Nepal Working Group DK, Platform for Stability, Democracy and Rights, Building Stronger Universities. Collaboration between Universities Denmark and Danida in research capacity building in developing countries

01.10 -12.11   Board member of Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus, University of Aarhus