New Chairs and Associate Chairs

A multitude of professors has recently joined DIAS with the purpose of supporting our strive for excellent interdisciplinary research. These include professors from a wide range of departments at the University of Southern Denmark and are each introduced in the following;

Søren Askegaard
Professor Søren Askegaard joins DIAS as Chair of Social Science. Professor Askegaard is founder of the research unit Consumption, Culture and Commerce at the Department of Marketing & Management and the incoming president of the international Consumer Culture Theory Consortium. He is widely acknowledged for a critical, cross-disciplinary approach to consumption as a social phenomenon. His work has been recognized through numerous research awards, such as Danish Marketing Research Award and the Danish Business Research Academy Award.

Klaus Petersen
Klaus Petersen is professor of welfare history at the Department of History and the Department of Political Science and has joined DIAS as Chair of Humanities. Professor Petersen is also a docent in political history at Helsinki University and has been a part-time professor at the University of Oslo since 2018. Furthermore, Professor Petersen is co-founder of Sino-Nordic Network on Welfare as well as Nordwel Summer Schools Inter-Disciplinary Welfare Studies and has been chairperson of the Danish Historical Association since 2017.

Kannan Govindan
Kannan Govindan is founder and current head of the Center for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering and has joined DIAS as Chair of Technical Sciences from the Department of Technology and Innovation. Professor Govindan has received multiple awards for his work with sustainability such as the High-Level Overseas Innovative Talent award in 2016 and the Most Cited Paper Award in both 2018 and 2019. He has also received more than 12 national and international research grants and has been rated as the 2nd most contributing author in the area of green supply chain management during the last 22 years in 2017, and 1st in the area of reverse logistics and closed loop supply chain management during the last 23 years in 2018.

Ronnie N. Glud
Ronnie N. Glud is joining as Chair of Biology from the Department of Biology. He is a biogeochemist with strong interests in microbiology. He has particularly interests in ecosystem responses towards environmental and climatic changes. Professor Glud received his PhD from the University of Aarhus in 1993 and has since then been affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, the Marine Biological Laboratory at the University of Copenhagen and the Tokyo University for Marine Science and Technology. From September 2020 he will be directing The Danish Center for Hadal Research (HADAL) established with support from The Danish National Research Foundation.

Sten Rynning
Steen Rynning is Professor and Vice Dean for Research at the faculty of Business and Social Sciences and is joining DIAS as Associate Chair of Social Science. In 2011 Professor Rynning founded the Center for War Studies and headed it until 2019. He was the president of the Nordic International Studies Association from 2011 to 2015. He currently serves on several boards of academic institutions and journals, including the Danish Institute for International Studies and the editorial board of the European Journal of International Security, International Affairs, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies.

For more information about our new chairs please refer to our collection of associate profiles.