Morten Nielsen is a social anthropologist working in Mozambique, Scotland and USA on the interrelationship between time and materiality. Since November 2018 he has been based at the National Museum of Denmark where he is a senior researcher.
In 2015, Morten Nielsen founded the Urban Orders Reseach Center, a transdisciplinary research center based at Aarhus University, Denmark, which focuses on popular participation, self-management and collaborative design in urban spaces. Since moving to the National Museum of Denmark in 2018, he has continued his work on these issues with a particular emphasis on popular participation and collaborative design in social housing projects. He currently heads the interdisciplinary research projects Middle class urbanism: An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Humanities (FKK).