Engaging in public debate – dangers and annoyances
As communication workers, we encourage our researchers to participate in public debate. This means both being available as experts to comment on different issues and in general to communicate their research to the public. But what happens, when our researchers find themselves in media storms, when the public does not like or does not agree with what is said publicly or if our researchers’ knowledge is questioned or if they are accused of exaggerating the conclusions from their research? How do we support them and how do they wish to be supported?
Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen Marlene Wind is a leading expert on EU issues, very often quoted by the media to enhance public understanding of the European Union. She has experienced several media storms over the years. Her stories include among other elements a Danish integration minister and a Spanish separatist leader. Marlene Wind will pass on her advice on how we as communication professionals can best support our researchers when they share their knowledge and opinions on different issues in society.
Marlene Wind holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science University of Copenhagen. She is also director of CEP (Centre for European Politics. She is Professor and co-founder of the Basic Research Centre of excellence, iCourts, at the Faculty of Law, which she established together with the law professors Mikael Rask Madsen (Director) and Henrik Palmer Olsen (pro-dean). She has been Professor II at Oslo University from 2012-2015 and is currently (academic year 2018-2018), visiting Professor and Global Law Fellow at University of Leuven, Belgium. Marlene Wind has been sitting and is sitting in several boards in Denmark and Beyond – among these Danish institutes for International Studies, The Danish Think Tank ‘Europe’ and is the Danish governments appointee at the High Council of the European University Institute. Wind has received several prizes and awards among these Europes Woman’s Prize, The Columbus Prize and the Tøger Seidenfaden prize. She was also nominated by the Faulty of the social sciences to the Danish Communication Prize. She is a very active participant in the public debate in Denmark and beyond and has for the past 20 years been a regular columnist at Weekendavisen, Politiken and Berlingske. She gives around 40-50 public talks a year. She has published around 10 books, the three last at Cambridge University Press, and several dozen journal articles. Most of her research centre around European integration with the main focus on the interaction between law and politics of. Last year she was the third most cited scholar in Danish media at the University of Copenhagen.