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Tenna Jensen

Tenna Jensen


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Research interests:

  • The history of food (in Denmark) in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Developments of food quality and production;
  • The inter-relationship between food science, -policy and -practice;
  • Changes and continuities in the consumption of food in Denmark.

I am Co-PI in the Humanistic Health Research Group, a research group at the SAXO-Institute that works with cultural analytical and historical perspectives on health, body and ageing. I am responsible for the development of the groups cultural historical projects and its interdiscplinary initiatives on food, including the ongoing SAXO-network that arrange regular seminars and activities on Foodpractices and Nutrition.

I am currently employed as post.doc. on the intidiscplinary researchproject CALM ( Counteracting age related loss of skeletal muscle-mass in the elderly), one of the University of Copenhagen Programmes of Excellence. Read more about the project on

My post.doc. project is titled Food for the Elderly in 20th and 21st century Denmark. The project focuses on scientific and political perceptions of food for elderly and past and present municipal and personal food practices. 

I have previously researched developments in food consumption in Denmark in the 20th and 21st centuries; socio-geographic consumption patterns; historical developments of food quality and aspects of the developments of the nutritional science in Denmark from 1900.

I am furthermore affiliated researcher at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford .

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Fedt II: Margarine;fra fattigfedt til omega3

    Jensen, T. V. 2009 In : 1066 Tidsskrift for Historie. 39. årg, 2, 1 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Svin - kvalitet og kontrol

    Jensen, T. & Gjerløff, A. K. 2010 In : Akademisk Kvarter. 1, 1

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Fødevareforbrug i Danmark i det 20.århundrede: Tre perspektiver på fødevareforbrugets langsigtede udvikling

    Jensen, T. 2011 København: Det Humanistiske Fakultet. 236 p.

    Publication: ResearchPh.D. thesis

  4. Published

    The Consumption of Fats in Denmark 1900-2000: Long term changes in the intake and quality

    Jensen, T. Jan 2013 In : Anthropology of Food. S7, 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Udviklinger i arbejderbefolkningens fødevareforbrug i det 20 århundrede

    Jensen, T. V. 2009 In : Samfundsøkonomen. 4, 6 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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