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My research focuses on how medical practices, knowledge and norms work and are translated in modern society and cultures. How do certain ways of thinking and doing in the field of medicine form, control and open spaces where patients/clients can be perceived as needing, and can receive, support and care. How do we understand a problem as being within the domain of medicine and what happens to problems that are placed there? I am also interested in the kinds of learning and opportunities for learning produced by medicine, and how professional identity is formed in this specific context and historical time. Which opportunities does this offer and which possibilities does it constrain?  I also focus on patient positioning, and how this is constructed in the transformation of the Scandinavian welfare regime. Notably, I have conducted research on the concepts of recovery and user involvement, which have been spread throughout the health system, particularly how these concepts are understood and what they do. My theoretical basis is poststructuralism, feminism and critical perspectives in health research. My methodological strengths lie in ethnographic and collaborative methods. 

I am head of research at Health Promotion and Health Strategies. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.d., Medinddragelse og lighed - en god idé? , Roskilde University

Award Date: 10 Nov 2011


  • Health, Medicine
  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Education, Learning, Training
  • Welfare state, Welfare society

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