Bjarke Oxlund

Bjarke Oxlund

Professor with special responsibilities

Primary fields of research

Regional specialization: Denmark, Africa (South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia) and South East Asia (Cambodia)

Thematic specialization:Medical anthropology, aging, gender (masculinities and sexualities), HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, children and youth, population issues and quantitative surveys.

Member of the researcher group Health and Life Conditions.

Current research

Currently, I am involved in two cross-diciplinary projects that involves researchers from the Faculties of Health, Humanities and the Social Sciences of the University of Copenhagen.

The one poject focuses on "Health-promotion innovations in local communities" and is part of the overall Center for Healthy Aging ( which has received 2 x 150 million Danish crowns over the years 2009-2018.

The other project is a part of the University of Copenhagen 2016 Excellence projects and regards the use of cholesterole-lowering drugs in Denmark (

In both projects I act as a group leader for a handful of anthropological researchers who are employed for a number of years making good use of the project funds.

Under the auspices of the Center for Healthy Aging this relates to: postdoc Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen, postdoc Nete Schwennesen, as well as PhD-student Loa Teglgaard Kristensen. Furthermore, professor Susan Whyte and guest researcher Bodil Ludvigsen are also a part of this group of researchers.

In the LIFESTAT project this regards: postdoc Birgitte Bruun and PhD student SOfie Rosenlund Lau.

As a part of the Center for Healthy Aging our anthropological contribution is to investigate the significance and influence of the local community in the promotion of health and energy among the elderly in three selected partner municipalities (Copnehagen, Ishøj and Vordingborg).

In the LIFESTAT project we use perspectives and insights from medical anthropology to investigate the influence of preventive medication on the self perception of laymen and participants in medical trials.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Living by numbers: The dynamic interplay of asymptomatic conditions and low cost measurement technologies in the cases of two women in the Danish provinces

    Oxlund, Bjarke, 15 Dec 2012, In : Suomen Antropologi. 37, 3, p. 42-56

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Measuring and Managing Bodies in the Later Life Course

    Oxlund, Bjarke & Whyte, Susan Reynolds, 29 Jun 2014, In : Journal of Population Ageing. 7, 3, p. 217-230

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Bevægelse som universalløsning: En antropologisk analyse af arbejdsmiljøprojektet Krop & Kontor

    Dragsted, B., Kristensen, M. M., Nielsen, S., Pauli, T. L., Steinmejer, A. & Oxlund, Bjarke, 12 Dec 2011, In : Kulturstudier. 2, p. 92-118 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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