12 April 2021

Maria Kristiansen new Acting Deputy Head of Department from 15 April 2021

Portrait of Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen is appointed Acting Deputy Head of Department at Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen from 15 April 2021.

Maria graduated with a master's degree in public health science from Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen in 2005 and works as research group leader and associate professor at the Section of Health Services Research.

Maria brings a unique background of collaborations across both SUND and the entire Universitu of Copenhagen. In addition, Maria is among the university's key people in terms of creating a work environment and career paths that utilize all talents. Maria participates in board work and in research assessments for a number of Danish foundations, including the Danish Cancer Society, the Danish Heart Association and the EGV Foundation, just as she has experience with international assessments for e.g. EU. Finally, Maria has international experience in managing a public health science institute.

Maria is looking forward to get started and says: "Department of Public Health has been my home since I entered the research path as a young researcher; with a few detours to work abroad. I am particularly concerned with increasing the visibility and impact of the important, broad-spectrum research that is conducted every day at the Department. I will strive to put this knowledge even more into play in relationships with actors outside the world of academia both nationally and internationally. Cooperation, creativity and freedom are the foundation of our research, teaching and overall impact when it comes to contributing to understand and solve the complex challenges facing society.
I look forward to contribute to the future and diversity of the department in these important areas. Research support, new avenues for dissemination and collaboration with the outside world, the involvement of students in research, and sustainable career paths for especially younger researchers are other topics that I am passionate about."