26 May 2020

UCPH Forward welcomes Wiebke Marie Junk

Talent development

The Talent Programme UCPH Forward welcomes Wiebke Marie Junk in its next cohort. UCPH Forward was established in 2017 and offers intensive, tailor-made talent development for KU researchers, who demonstrate extraordinary scholarly excellence, creativity, motivation, and the courage to bridge disciplines.

Assistant Professor Wiebke Marie Junk
Assistant Professor Wiebke Marie Junk.

“To me the appeal of the programme lies in its promise to combine career development with personal development and outreach to different sectors in Denmark and beyond”, says Wiebke, who is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. “I hope the programme will help me both with drafting successful grant applications, as well as openly addressing some of the challenges inherent in an academic career. Be it maintaining a healthy work-life balance, juggling competing priorities in research, teaching and administration, or dealing with the gender imbalances that persist in our profession – I think exchange in a powerful network of young KU researchers will be extremely inspiring. I look forward to one year of intensive mentoring and food for thought!”

Nina Græger, Head of Department of Political Science, adds: “I congratulate Wiebke with being among the 24 candidates (13 Danes, 11 foreigners) selected for this prestigious programme, together with three other researchers at our Faculty. As a member of the evaluation committee, although obviously not evaluating applicants from our Department, I can confirm that competition was fierce. Hence, I am very proud that Wiebke is on board and I expect her participation to bring valuable knowledge, experience and networks to the Department.”


Wiebke Marie Junk is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. Her research interests link to public policy, comparative politics, and political participation. In particular, her publications address policy processes at national and European Union level, and focusses on the influence of non-state actors on political decision-making. Wiebke’s research has been published in top outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Governance, European Journal of International Relations (EJIR) and in Comparative Political Studies (CPS).