Astrid Pernille Jespersen

Astrid Pernille Jespersen

Professor, Head of Centre

Director of the Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe) at the Saxo-Institute, UCPH since 2013. 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. 

Current research

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

Engaged Research

Humanistic health research

Lifestyle and lifestyle changes


Ageing studies

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.

Selected publications

  1. Published

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

    Lassen, 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 proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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