Vibe Nielsen is employed by the Carlsberg Foundation as Visiting Fellow at Linacre College at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on proccesses of decolonisation and changing curatorial practices at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and le Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. She wrote her PhD thesis Demanding Recognition: Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa (2019) as part of the Global Europe research project at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, where she is currently affiliated as Visiting Scholar.
Through anthropological fieldwork, as well as historical and museological methods, her PhD thesis examines contemporary curatorial practices in South African museums and art galleries. She continued working on these issues in her postdoctoral affiliation with the department (2019-2020) and has recently published her analysis of the Rhodes Must Fall movement in her article In the absence of Rhodes: decolonizing South African universities (2021) in the Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal vol. 44 no. 3. She is currently co-editing the Global Europe anthology Global Art in Local Art Worlds (forthcoming) in collaboration with Professor Oscar Salemink, Dr Jens Sejrup and Dr Amélia Corrêa.
Before her appointment as PhD Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Vibe Nielsen worked at the National Museum of Denmark as Curator of Public Programmes. She received her Master Degree in Museum Studies at University College London in 2012 and her Master Degree in Modern Culture at the University of Copenhagen in 2015. In the final thesis of her MA in Museum Studies she explored the dissemination of the British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade in museums in London and Liverpool. This was an aspect she researched further in the final thesis of her MA in Modern Culture, where she analysed how Danish and British museums in different ways are dealing with their countries’ colonial pasts.