Heidi Østbø Haugen
Candidate to the by-election of two deputy representatives to the Faculty board 2021-2022.
I am a professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS). I am the principal investigator of two projects on China’s global connections financed by the ERC and the RCN. I joined IKOS in 2018, prior to which I worked at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the UiO Faculty of Social Sciences. Methods and ethics have been particularly central topics on my research and teaching activities, and I have been a member of the National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH) since 2018. I have previously served as a representative for temporary academic staff at the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences and a deputy member at UiO University Board. Before I joined the UiO, I worked in the Ministry of Education and Research (2004‒6) and for the UN World Food Program in Rome and Dakar (2006‒8).
As a deputy member of the HF Faculty Board 2021‒22, I will contribute to keeping the Board’s attention on issues I find particularly important. These include:
- Working condition during the COVID epidemic. The epidemic has moved from being a state of emergency to the normal situation in the near future. Adapting to this situation involves establishing clearer lines of communication about current measures to HF employees, improved accommodations for teaching and research from home, discussions concerning compensation for increased workloads, and establishing new arenas for interaction with colleagues and alternative initiatives to enhance employee wellbeing.
- Interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinary teaching and research is both inspiring and necessary for many HF employees, but can also be administratively cumbersome. Collaboration across disciplinary and departmental boundaries should be facilitated and encouraged.
- Demonstrate the social relevance of HF. The knowledge gained through studies at HF is socially relevant, but the students need guidance to identify how. There should be more points of encounter between students and potential employers during the course of their education. Experiences with the current professional placement and exchange opportunities should be shared across departments at HF.
- Sustained emphasis on teacher’s education and school development. The Faculty is currently strongly engaged in developing the lower education sector, and even more sections end employees at HF could be invited to join these important efforts.
- External research funding. HF has been successful in attaining funding for humanities research through the RCN, EU Horizon 2020, and other competitive funding sources. In continuing these efforts, emphasis should be placed on broadening the pool of potential applicants and strengthening the administrative support for existing EU funded projects.
- A diverse and inclusive workplace. At any given time, a sizable share of the scientific staff at HF is temporarily employed, including researchers in PhD and postdoc positions. HF should be a workplace where temporary staff feels included in the academic community and decision-making. Predictable and open recruitment processes further quality and diversity at HF. I aspire to contribute to a work environment where employees of different backgrounds thrive and are able to realize their ambitions as educators, researchers, and research communicators.