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Karen Borgnakke

Karen Borgnakke


Primary fields of research

Ethnographic education and learning research

Modernization, professionalization and educational development

Gender and education

Research methodology

Current research

Exploring the scholastic, professional and academic learning context

Ethnographic studies on organisational and pedagogical innovation

Research strategies to illuminate educational practices through empirical methodologies

Director of the research group Ethnographic Learning Contexts.

Participate currently as coordinator in the ECER network 19 Ethnography and as regional editor, Ethnography and Education, Routledge, Taylor & Francis group.



Supervise PhD students and teach master students at The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Section Education

Selected publications

  1. Published

     Cardinal writing - following the observed process

    Borgnakke, K. Sep 2018 Ethnographic Writing. Jeffrey, B. & Russel, L. (eds.). Gloucestershire: E & E Publishing, p. 35 - 56 21 p. 3

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Meta-ethnography and systematic reviews – linked to the evidence movement and caught in a dilemma

    Borgnakke, K. 2017 In : Ethnography and Education. 12, 2, p. 194-210 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The postmodern professional: Contemporary learning practices, dilemmas and perspectives

    Borgnakke, K. (ed.), Dovemark, M. (ed.) & Marques da Silva, S. (ed.) Apr 2017 London: Tufnell Press. 206 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Roundtable Contemporary Ethnographic Educational Research: doings, researchers, generations, ECER 2017

    Borgnakke, K. (Organizer), Sofia Marques da Silva (Organizer), Vibeke Røn Noer (Organizer), Camilla Kirketerp Nielsen (Organizer)
    21 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. (Journal)

    Borgnakke, K. (Editor)
    1 Sep 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of Research journalResearch

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