Kristin EwinsTitle: Director School/office: Office for Academic Policy
Phone: +46 19 303873
About Kristin Ewins
I'm Associate Professor of English and, since 2013, Director of the Centre for Academic Development at Örebro University. As a researcher, teacher and leader, I'm interested in how collegiality and deliberative processes can contribute to higher education as and for public good. In my current research, I use key concepts developed within the Norwegian research project Formation and Competence Building of University Academic Developers, of which I've been a part since the start in 2015. The project is led by Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Academic Development. In the research on academic development at Örebro, we also draw on central perspectives within the action research tradition established by Karin Rönnerman. Much of our research lies close to our practice and I feel exceedingly proud to be leading a group of colleagues who embody values associated with innovation, collegiality and professional responsibility. I very much look forward to organising the conference Research on Higher Education on 19-20 May 2021 in collaboration with the peer-reviewed journal Högre utbildning.
As a teacher, I convene the courses Supervising PhD students and Education for sustainable development, and one of the most enjoyable and enriching aspects of my job is the opportunity to meet with colleagues from different academic cultures and subject traditions. I sometimes miss meeting students and I'm deeply shaped by my previous experiences as a lecturer at Salford University, and before that as a visiting lecturer and tutor at Goldsmiths College London and at various colleges within Oxford University.
My research background began with a doctoral degree in English at Oxford University in 2009, with a thesis looking at British women writers of the 1930s and the relationship between their writing and political engagement. My earliest publications are in the field of literature and politics, and I spent seven years as an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism. In 2016–2019 I was also chair of the Raymond Williams Society. Another early research interest is periodical studies, and together with colleagues from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, I built up the research network European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) from its inception in 2009 to an organisation that now spans the whole of Europe and beyond. As part of ESPRit's board, I co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of European Periodical Studies (JEPS) in 2016 and I'm still one of its editors. Since 2018, I'm also chair of ESPRit.
What I most enjoy about my job is working with strategic academic development in all sorts of different forms and contexts. It's a privilege to have such wonderful conditions for doing just that. Read more about Örebro University's strategic investment in academic development and practice-based research.