Aske Juul Lassen

Aske Juul Lassen

Associate Professor

I am a Danish ethnologist who specialise in retirement and  ageing studies from an everyday life perspective, with a ph.d. about active ageing from the Centre for Healthy Ageing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. I am engaged in the establishment of the Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe) at the ethnology department of the SAXO-Institute, and am part of the Center for Healthy Aging. 

Retirement is one of life's important transitions, where people change their everyday life substantially, and reflect on identity, future, past, death and life. Their everyday rhythms and perspectives change. And our ways of retiring change. Today, reitrement is rarely a point in time, but rather a process.

I analyse new retirement patterns and focus on what the pension funds usually do not, such as social relationships, engagement, dwelling, everyday rhythms, identity and retirement practices. 

Primary fields of research

  • Retirement
  • Retirement transitions
  • Senior worklife
  • Mental health
  • Cultural analysis
  • Ageing
  • Active ageing
  • Age measurements
  • Volunteering
  • Co-creation

Current research

I lead the projekt 'Senior practice - mental health late in the worklife'. Through ethnographic fieldwork in the production and finance industries we develop solutions to improve senior practices in Danish workplaces, ad create better working conitions and longer worklifes. 

I also research retirement trajectories and the everyday rhythms of retirees. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Unmaking old age: political and cognitive formats of active ageing

    Lassen, A. J. & Moreira, T., 2014, In : Journal of Aging Studies. 30, 1, p. 33-46 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Getting Old and Keeping Going: The Motivation Technologies of Active Aging in Denmark

    Lassen, A. J. & Jespersen, A. P., Jun 2017, Successful Aging? Global perspectives on a contemporary obsession. Rutgers University Press, p. 141-153

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Biilliards, rhythms, collectives - Billiards at a Danish activity center as a culturally specific form of active ageing

    Lassen, A. J., 2014, In : Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Keeping disease at arm's length: how older Danish people distance disease through active ageing

    Lassen, A. J., Aug 2015, In : Ageing & Society. 35, 7, p. 1364-1383 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Innovating for ‘active ageing’ in a public–private innovation partnership: Creating doable problems and alignment

    Lassen, A. J., Bønnelycke, J. & Otto, L., Apr 2015, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 93, p. 10-18 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Active ageing and the unmaking of old age: The knowledge productions, everyday practices and policies of the good late life

    Lassen, A. J., 19 Sep 2014, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet. 252 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis

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