Aske Juul Lassen

Aske Juul Lassen

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I am a Danish ethnologist who specialise in 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. My research focuses on the way active ageing circumscribes old age from a period of passivity to a life phase filled with activity, engagement and societal participation. 

Primary fields of research

  • Ethnology
  • Cultural theory and analysis
  • Ageing
  • Active ageing
  • Retirement
  • Age measurements
  • Volunteering
  • Co-creation
  • Science and technology studies
  • Innovation
  • Public engagement

Current research

Through the Centre for Healthy Ageing ( and the CALM project ( I work with the ways ageing and old age is configured in specific ways through active ageing. I engage in innovation work focused on food and exercise through the CALM project, and intervention work focused on co-creation through the Centre for Healthy Ageing.

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, Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet. 252 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch


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