Sune Vork Steffensen is Professor in Language, Interaction, and Cognition at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the director of the university’s Centre for Human Interactivity, and he is the Editor in Chief of the journal Language Sciences (published by Elsevier). Focusing on how language and cognition intersect in complex social and dialogical systems, in ways that transform the human ecology, his research draws on ecological, dialogical and distributed approaches to language, interaction and cognition (including ecological psychology, embodied cognition, distributed cognition and dynamical systems thinking).
By integrating a cognitive perspective with multimodal interaction analysis, he has pioneered the so-called Cognitive Event Analysis, a qualitative method for studying distributed cognitive processes in cognitive ecosystems. He has edited five issues on ecological and distributed approaches to language and interaction, as well as 50 articles/chapters in journals and books.