Knowledge Hubs

The Circle U. Knowledge Hubs will be physical and virtual spaces for students and staff to co-create knowledge and solutions across disciplines with external stakeholders and find new ways of working together.

As a first step, we have identified three thematic areas where we will pool our existing strengths within education, research and innovation, to make substantial impact:

Circle U. Climate Hub

Explore how universities can contribute with knowledge and solutions to the pressing issues of climate change, and examine the implications of the European Green Deal.

These are the Chairs in the Knowledge Hub on Climate

Profile picture of Christina Voight
Christina Voigt, a Law professor at the University of Oslo and an expert in international environmental law.
Profile picture of Marnik Vanclooster
Marnik Vanclooster, a Professor of Bioengineering at UCLouvain and an expert of water resources engineering and agricultural water management.
Profile picture of Jelena Lukovic
Jelena Lukovic, a Professor of Geography at the University of Belgrade and an expert on precipitation seasonality change in the subtropics.
Profile picture of Elizabeth Rushton
Elizabeth Rushton, a Professor of Geography Education at King's College London and an expert on professional development of teachers, student participation in research, and environmental education.
Profile picture of Alexandre Gélabert
Alexandre Gélabert, a Professor of Biogeochemistry at the Université de Paris and an expert on the environmental cycling of metals.
Profile picture of Anne Jensen
Anne Jensen, a Professor in environmental policy and sociology at Aarhus University and an expert on issues of governance related to climate.
Profile picture of Marcel Robischon
Marcel Robischon, a Professor in Life Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and an expert on forest and agricultural ecology.

Circle U. Democracy Hub

Examine the alarming trends in parts of Europe and elsewhere where democratic values are undermined and discarded, and develop strategies to strengthen democracy and civic engagement.

These are the Chairs in the Knowledge Hub on Democracy

Profile picture of Olivier Standaert
Olivier Standaert is Assistant Professor at the Louvain School of Communication (UCLouvain).
Profile picture of Nemanja Džuverović
Nemanja Džuverović is an associate professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science.
Profile picture of David Mwambari
David Mwambari is a Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies at the African Leadership Centre and a visiting research fellow at UCLouvain
Profile picture of Jan Spurk
Jan Spurk is a Professor at the Faculté Sociétés et Humanités Université de Paris.
Profile picture of Lars Johannsen
Lars Johannsen studies the nexus of democratization, governance, and corruption at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.
Profile picture of Eveline Kilian
Eveline Kilian, Professor of English at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Profile picture of Claudia-Yvette Matthes
Claudia-Yvette Matthes has specialised on comparative politics and democracy studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Profile picture of Tobias Bach
Tobias Bach is professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, specializing in Public Policy and Public Administration.
Profile picture of Eivind Engebretsen
Eivind Engebretsen has pioneered interdisciplinary approaches to the study of political ideologies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo.

Circle U. Global Health Hub

Address the pressing issue of global and local inequities in health and seek to develop strategies for providing better healthcare for all.

These are the Chairs in the Knowledge Hub on Democracy

Profile picture of Eivind Engebretsen
Eivind Engebretsen has pioneered interdisciplinary approaches to the study of political ideologies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo.
Profile picture of Sandy Tubeuf
Sandy Tubeuf is an economist working on health outcomes at the Faculty of Public Health, Université catholique de Louvain.
Profile picture of Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic
Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic is a pharmacist holding a PhD degree in Toxicology from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade.
Profile picture of Matthew Prina
Matthew Prina, King's College London. His research focuses on ageing, mental health and lifecourse epidemiology, with a global outlook.
Profile picture of Jean-Philippe Empana
Jean-Philippe Empana. MD, PhD and co-team leader of an INSERM research team dedicated to cardiovascular disease epidemiology (CVD) in Paris.
Profile picture of Christian Morberg Wejse
Christian Morberg Wejse is a research clinician who is a specialist in infectious diseases and professor at Aarhus University Hospital.
Profile picture of Pascal Grosse
Pascal Grosse, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Pascal is a practising neurologist with a specialisation in neurological sleep medicine.


Students will solve societal problems in student teams, and benefit from knowledge from other sectors, disciplines and national contexts. The Knowledge Hubs will also form the basis on which courses, summer schools and degree programmes will be developed.

We will support bottom-up joint initiatives embedding learning co-creation, virtual mobility and exchanges across all our universities and in cooperation with our associated partners. To stimulate engagement, we will set up seed fund mechanisms for academic or student led initiatives to co-create joint and innovative learning activities.

As our cooperation deepens, we will support bottom up initiatives to create new Knowledge Hubs that engage even greater areas of university life over time.

Published Nov. 24, 2020 9:28 AM - Last modified Dec. 1, 2021 6:08 PM