Markus Hällgren defended his dissertation in 2009, became Associate Professor and Senior lecturer in 2010 at Umeå School of Business (USBE). Since 2010 Hällgren is also guest researcher at Uppsala University. In 2011 Hällgren received the prestigious Young Researcher Award from Umeå University and the Emerald Literati award for "highly commended paper". His primary research interest is Projects-as-practice and organisation theory applied to projects. Within these frameworks, he has studied the management of deviations in global projects and group dynamics in climbing expeditions to name but a few. Hällgren has presented the results of his studies in, e.g. Scandinavian Journal of Management, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal and International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.