Astrid Pernille Jespersen
SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 København S
My main scientific expertise is on cultural analysis and humanistic health research with special attention to health in everyday life, lifestyle changes, obesity, ageing, physical activity and interdisciplinary collaboration. I am head of the Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe) at the Saxo-Institute, UCPH, theme-leader in the interdisciplinary research center, Center for Healthy Aging, and PI and co-PI in two UCPH excellence programmes for interdisciplinary research: Counteracting Age related loss of Muscle Mass (CALM) and Governing Obesity (GO)
Since 2013, I have played a leading role in developing synergies and collaboration between Medical Humanities, cultural analysis and the health and natural sciences. This effort has entailed theoretical development of context-sensitive, practice-based understandings of health in everyday life, and methodological development of e.g. qualitative methods and tools that can be integrated in the designs of clinical research. These achievements have been developed through several years of close collaboration with researchers from other faculties at UCPH as well as collaborations with public and private partners. In the same period, the humanistic health research, anchored in CoRe, has become increasingly recognized internationally as an exemplary case of interdisciplinary work and collaboration, and CoRe has established close collaboration with several international reserch groups.
Primary fields of research
Cultural theory and cultural analysis
Humanistic health research
Lifestyle and lifestyle changes
Interdisciplinary and public/private publications
At the Faculty of Humanities my research is used as an example of the impact the humanities researchers have on society.
Read the case: From ethnological research to everyday health recommendations.
Getting Old and Keeping Going: The Motivation Technologies of Active Aging in DenmarkLassen, Aske Juul & Jespersen, Astrid Pernille, Jun 2017, Successful Aging? Global perspectives on a contemporary obsession. Rutgers University Press, p. 141-153
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter › Research › peer-review