Networks and Projects

The Diversity and Difference Platform collaborates with a wide array of academic, public and private partners. Here you will find examples of projects and networks within either an academic frame, in dissemination or in co-operation with governmental bodies, organisations and private companies.


  • Flagging diversity as a CBS-agenda by conducting events like the Diversity Day, International Women’s Day and the SCOS Conference plus CBS at the Copenhagen Pride.
  • Continuously builing a strong international academic network developed through visits from international fellows and platform member visits to relevant institutions. The platform has attracted star-researchers such as Karen Ashcraft (University of Colorado in Boulder), Alison Pullen (Macquarie, Australia) and Jeff Hearn (Hanken, Helsinki) to CBS.
  • Actively contributing to key research conferences like AOMEGOS, EURAM & SCOS.
  • Disseminating in media and public through CBS-events, the debate stage at Copenhagen Pride, Folkemødet/People’s Political Festival (at several stages e.g. the international with an interactive workshop on gender, and hosting Verdensmålsminigolf (SDG-minigolf) with public and private stakeholders). Also, at the national campaign Forskningens Døgn and in feature articles and columns in national newspapers. Initially the Platform had two launch events at CBS, one with Margrethe Vestager as keynote and featuring new media art, one featuring audience interactive concepts on diversity.
  • Developing external co-operation with e.g. KVINFO, Roskilde Festival, Danish Defence and the Danish Institute for Human Rights and seven large recruitment firms. Co-operation with KVINFO in developing the interactive and action-based research concept GenderLab, with CBS input on diversity and design thinking. These collaborations have also spillovers into teaching and research.
  • Advised by external steering committee members from e.g. Salling Group and Danish Defence.
  • Appointed as governmental support: Hosting the Code of conduct for diversity in board and management recruitment-project with The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UM).
  • Contributing to a number of Danish and international newspapers with regular articles from a range of authors. The articles are listed here.
  • The Macquarie University Australia is part of the Diversity & Difference Platform's network. Their project Leadership Diversity Through Relational Intersectionality in Australia is a project funded by the Australian Research Council. It investigates the relationships between people in organisations and how they are affected by different forms of workplace diversity. Drawing insights from three organisations, the project aims to develop a politically relevant and theoretically informed approach to leadership as it is practised at the intersection of the racial, gender and class differences that characterise the relationships between leaders and followers.



Beyond Pinkwash: Pride Parades and Integrative Civil Religion

In this project, we explore tensions that arise for the LGBTQ+ movement from the fact that its major public vehicle, the annual Pride parades, receive increasing commercial nd corporate support, which some community members welcome and other reject as a sign of commercialization and ‘pink-washing’. We seek to resolve thee contradictions through an investigation of how Pride forms part of what American sociologist Robert Bellah called a ‘civil religion’.
Financed by DFF, Project 2 (Grant Number: 9130-00103B) with DKK 2,45 Mio and will run from August 2020 to July 2023.  

Team members
Stefan Schwarzkopf, MPP (Project Leader and PI)
Sine Nørholm Just, MPP and RUC (PI)
Jannick Friis Christensen, MPP (Posctdoc)

Nested Ethnographies of Skills Transfer (NEST)

The NEST project investigates the conditions under which employees in Danish firms and public organizations create social networks that contribute to skills transfer. A key concern here is how diversity can contribute to skills transfer in Denmark while avoiding parallel societies emerging among migrant and expatriate communities. NEST examines a series of cases based on differences in three dimensions: skill level (unskilled to professional), spatial mobility (national to transnational), and personal characteristics (homogenous to heterogenous in gender and ethnicity). Eight cases are examined covering a range of Danish firms and public organizations. NEST applies a nested ethnography approach, embedded the cases in a ‘nest’ from Statistics Denmark data from on individual employee and organizational characteristics. The nest is the context for the ethnographic work, which provides in-depth analyses of network formation and skill transfer that can be generalized with the nested data.
Financed by DFF with DKK 3.166.002 and will run from January 2019 to December 2021

Project lead
Sara Louise Muhr, IOA

Why organizations under-employ high skilled migrants. 2018-2020

Part of a larger project located at Stockholm School of Economics (Leading Cultural Diversity Ethically This sub-project focuses on understanding why companies and organizations do not employ highly skilled migrants fully. Using a relational theory of risk we find that highly skilled migrants, and the skills and competencies they bring with them, are perceived by organizations as a risk to organizational normality.
The partners in the project: Laurence Romani, CASL, Stockholm School of Economics.
The funding of the project: Ragnar Söderbergs Stifelse.

Project lead
Annette Risberg, MSC

Organizing Integration. 2019-2020

In collaboration with Andras Diedrich and others at Gothenburg University, Anette Risberg, MSC, co-authored the literature review Forskning i korthet: Integration av nyanlända på arbetsmarknaden.

Andreas Diedrich, Ola Bergström, Annette Risberg, Nicklas Simonsson, ISSN: 2001-4287.

Funded by FORTE


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