Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

PhD fellow

Room: POR/18.B-3.142
E-mail: cj.mpp@cbs.dk
Christina Juhlin

My PhD project is about urban development and reactions to as well as participation in change among local actors. Starting from a specific site in Copenhagen, Refshaleøen, I research the variety of ways in which actors are attached to space. I study the politics of urban development through such affective attachments and how they give shape to space. I am particularly interested in the coordinative power of culture (or the ‘creativity dispositif’) in giving actors the capacity to participate in urban development, but also how such participation is marked by for instance nostalgia, loss and optimism. I am interested in how concerns are voiced not as deliberate acts of resistance or political participation, but as forms of engagement in and with space. Therefore, my project also explores a broad notion of critique or resistance as I research the strategies employed by different actors to maintain themselves and their ways of attaching to space.

I use qualitative research methods to study these social issues and I am particularly interested in spatial and material analysis. In my PhD I use walking conversations and other performative mapping and documentation methods.

I have a background in literature, urban studies and performance studies. I have worked as a consultant in urban consultancy agencies. As an external lecturer at Roskilde University, Department of Communication and Arts I taught courses on performative urbanism and worked as a research assistant on feminist epistemology in material learning.

Primary research areas
  • Space
  • Affect
  • Urban planning and politics
  • Culture and artistic practices
  • Qualitative methods for spatial and organisational analysis
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  • Videnskabsteori 
  • The Company from a Contextual Perspective 
  • Cultural entrepreneurship: Arts and Culture 
  • Strategisk innovation og design tænkning
  • Cultural Economics and Policy: Arts and Culture




I supervise qualitative projects within the fields of arts, culture, aesthetic economy, planning, spatial theory, design and politics. I supervise both bachelor and master thesis projects.

Publications sorted by:
Christina Juhlin; Robin Holt / The Sensory Imperative
In: Management Learning, Vol. 53, No. 4, 9.2022, p. 640-651
Journal article > peer review
Cecilie Sachs Olsen; Christina Louise Zaff Juhlin / How to Engage Reflexively with Messy Presents and Potential Futures : An Audio Walk for Planners.
In: Planning Theory & Practice, Vol. 22, No. 4, 9.2021, p. 595-609
Journal article > peer review
Outside activities


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Nordic Journal of Urban Studies 


Guest co-editor of the special issue ‘Architecture and urban studies – an awkward kinship’ (with Cecilie Sachs Olsen, Oslo MET)





Guest lecturer at the course ‘Cities, culture and politics’, part of the master’s program Nordic Urban Planning Studies (with Cecilie Sachs Olsen, Oslo MET and David Pinder, RUC)

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Public dissemination – presentation for artists and urban planners on ‘Forms of engagement in urban development’






Public dissemination – presentation for consultants on ‘Refshaleøen and strategic adjustments of the cultural scene’