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Women in Science

Kristina is an organisational scholar with an interest in the intersection of technology, learning and organisations and holds a joint position between the department of Engineering Science and the Saïd Business School.

Kristina Dahlin

BACKGROUND

at the time of the interview - 2018

Kristina is a Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Entrepreneurship). She has two children. 

EXTENDED BIOGRAPHY

at the time of the interview -  2018

Kristina is originally from Sweden, where she did a MSc in mechanical engineering. She then moved to the USA to do her doctorate in Organisational Behaviour and Theory before working as an Assistant Professor in Canada. When she was about to have her first child she moved back to Europe to work in France. However, after a few years she started a job in London, before coming to Oxford in September 2017.

Kristina co-manages the “Engineering Entrepreneurship and Management” pathway for third and fourth year engineering students. She described it as the “perfect” role for her, as it allowed her to draw on her training in engineering and research in business and management studies. Her multidisciplinary role and membership of Worcester College allow her to meet a diversity of perspectives. This is something Kristina believes helps generate insight and is something she really enjoys about working at Oxford.

Something that Kristina has learnt over the years is to follow and research as best she can the things that interest her. She has found that this involves finding a balance between generating novel ideas and research and building on previous ideas. This can be difficult as academic research (over) values disruptive novel ideas above incremental change.

I think it’s important to realise that there’s no right time for family. Don’t plan your life after your career. Plan your career after life.

However, Kristina has found that taking an incremental approach has meant she has not become bored with her work, unlike some colleagues who explored one big project and then were left unsure what to do next.

When Kristina worked in London she would commute from her home in France. She also commutes to Oxford and works mostly from home, depending on her teaching workload. Kristina said that she enjoys her two days away from home as it allows her to focus on her work. She said that she has found this is one of the advantages of being an academic, as there is a lot of work-life flexibility built in to many academic positions.

Her advice to young women thinking of a career in science is to get the most prestigious doctorate that you can get for your area, as they are likely to have better funding and facilities for your field.

For her colleagues she would like to encourage her male colleagues to take on women students and make sure they have included female students to writing papers. Ethnic background: White Swedish.