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Betina Dybbroe has a background in social science and history from Roskilde University, wide work experience from the health sector and a phd. in education. Her research approach is interdisciplinary linking socialisational-, biographical, learning -and social studies in order to explore care and health as subjective experience, human activity and social and political practice simultaneously. Her special  conceptual interest is in psycho-societal approaches to health and health promotion, health and democracy in the work place, work identity, meetings between professionals and citizens in the health sector, and the relation between learning, action and health. Her empirical studies have included: work life and education of health professsions,  changes in working environment in the health sector,working life in psychiatry, the primary health sector and involvement of patients, child minders working lives, life-long learning in a gender perspective, life history methods in investigations in learning, the education of pre-school teachers, health promotion in the work place, .Betina Dybbroe is part of the Graduate School in Lifelong Learning at Roskilde University, director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Roskilde University.    

Selected publications in English:

Dybbroe, Betina; Andersen, Linda L. (2014). Introspection as intra and inter professionalism in Danish social and health care. Journal of Social Work Practice (accepted)

Hansson, B. and Betina Dybbroe (2013). Autoethnography and Psychodynamics in Interrelational Spaces of the Research Process, Journal of Research Practice, Vol. 8, Nr. 2, Article M6

Dybbroe, Betina (2012). Work Identity and Contradictory Experiences of Welfare Workers in a Life-history Perspective. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, Vol. 13, Nr. 3, Article 21.

Wrede, Henriksson,Høst,Johansson and Dybbroe(ed.)(2008):Care Work in Crisis- Reclaiming the Nordic Ethos of Care, Studentlitteratur, Sweden.

Dybbroe,B.( 2005): Caring Experience and Knowledge: Inside and Outside of Danish Classrooms, in Dahl, H.M. and Eriksen, T.R. (ed): Dilemmas of Care in the Nordic Welfare State: Continuity and Change , Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

Dybbroe,B. and Ollagnier,E.(ed)(2003): Challenging Gender in Lifelong Learning: European Perspectives, Roskilde University Press

Dybbroe,B. (2003): "You´ve got to give all the love you have, and yet consider it to be a job"- Care Work in a Gendered and Life Historical Perspective, in Jørgensen and Warring (ed): Adult Education and the Labour Market VII, vol. B, European Society for the Research in Adult Education, Roskilde University Press.

Dybbroe,B. ( 1999): Life History as an Access to Gendered Knowledge in Care Giving ,in: Kirsten Weber (ed.): Lifelong Learning and Experience, Roskilde University Press

Degrees and university positions

2016- p.t.

Director of Phd. Programme "Health and Society"

2009- 2017
Research Director for The Centre for Health Promotion Research, CSUF

Research director of the Inter Departmental Research Unit in Health Promotion at Roskilde University

2006- 2008      
Study director of the board of studies and head of the masters programme in Health Promotion and Health Strategies , RUC

Visiting professor at Institut de Sciences de l'Educatión, Université Paris 8

Director (with Kirsten Weber) of: International Graduate School Course on European approaches to Women´s Work and Learning at Dubrovnik International University Centre, Croatia

Coordinator (with Henning Salling Olesen) of Conference on Life History and Biography at RUC on behalf of the European Association of Research into the Education of Adults

Member of staff at the Graduate School of Lifelong Learning, RUC

Member of the board of studies in Pedagogy and Educational Studies

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Research, RUC

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Research, RUC

PhD in Care Research and Educational Studies, RUC

Visiting Fellow, Departamento de Teoria e Historia de Educación, Universidad de Sevilla   

Diploma in Health Economics at the Danish Health Research Institute

Masters degree in History and Social Science, RUC

Current and Recent research

Research Director of the project "Well-being, recognition and learning in child care" 

Research Director of Innovation in Health- a Community Development Project

Research coordinator of the project "The shop-steward in the Field of Health        undergoing Change" in a collaboration between RUC and Ålborg University, funded by the National Union of Nurses

Participant in the project : "Recruiting Men to Social Care Work " in collaboration with EU partners (Equal project)

Principal researcher in the project: Sustainability and Real Competencies in Child  Care ( EU Social Fund and Equal project)

Research coordinator ( with Vibeke Andersen) of the research project: "Work, Skills and Trade Union undergoing Change" funded by the Regional Union of Nurses, Frederiksborg Amt

Recent Networks and professional recognition

2008- 2010              
Appointed member to the research project " Meaning of Work in the social and health sector" at Centre for Research in Working Life, RUC ( funded by Research Institute on Working Environment)

Appointed representative of educational science in the National Board for the Education of Midwives

Appointed representative of educational science and sub-director to the Board for Educational Development of the Health Professions in Copenhagen (CVU-Øresund)

Member of the Nordic Research Network in Health Promotion ( funded by WHO and NHV)

Member of the International Research Group in Psycho-Societal Research (SQUID)


A list of 60 publications, including 7 reviewed articles, 7 editorials of anthologies and 24 contributions to books and journals.4 of the publications are in Spanish, 1 in French, 21 in English.

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