Inge Kryger Pedersen

Inge Kryger Pedersen

Associate Professor

My research concentrates on health-related issues concerning forms of knowledge and practice within medical technologies. I analyse how lay people and professionals handle different kinds of medical knowledge and technologies. As the co-director of the departmental research group Knowledge, Organization and Politics and a co-promotor to the opening of the Centre for the Sociological Study of Science, Expertise and Society (CEVES) I apply perspectives of sociology of health, knowledge and professions in examining practices and institutions such as medicine and health technology.

I have been a visiting scholar and research fellow at University of California (Berkeley), Macquarie University (Sydney), and Manchester University (UK).

Current research

Currently, I am the PI for a collective research project, Space and Interactional Dynamics: How Medical Hearing Technology Works in Everyday Life, supported by The Velux Foundations. We study how to strengthen communities for people with hearing loss by creating good social spaces in schools and workplaces.

In collaboration with CEVES colleagues, I recently finished a research project in which we examined how contemporary globalized societal challenges come to be translated into new localized profession-driven responses. Our project, Global Challenges Local Solutions? Rethinking Professional Work in a World of Trans-local Jurisdictions was supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research. My subproject was tracing 'prevention of lifestyle-related diseases' as a set of professional boundary work where different segments of health professions create, and sometimes stabilize or standardize techniques for ways of reducing the development of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

In a former research project I was engaged in a large research group on the project, UC Care, about social, economic and cultural implications of antibiotic resistance, funded by UCPH, Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Cph.’s 2016 Funds. My subproject focussed on what is 'good doctoring' seen in the perspective of global problems such as antimicrobial resistance. How is this issue challenging the agenda of the doctor-patient encounter in general practice where most antibiotics are prescribed? Before that, I conducted and was the P.I. for a research project about alternative medicine, funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research / Social Sciences. The project involved analyses of users’ health strategies and bodily experiences to examine why alternative medicine is so popular in Denmark and elsewhere. 


My teaching areas are general sociology, social theory, sociology of health, methodology and methods and the teaching activities include lectures, classes as well as supervision. I teach, supervise and examine in sociology courses at the bachelor's and master's program of Public Health at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and is a member of the Study Board at Department of Public Health. I supervise on all levels from 1st year projects, BSc and MSc theses to PhD theses as well as on assistant professor level.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Striving for self-improvement: alternative medicine considered as technologies of enhancement

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, 2 Jan 2018, In: Social Theory & Health. 16, 3, p. 209–223

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Prescribing Antibiotics: General Practitioners Dealing with “Non-Medical Issues”?

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger & Jepsen, K. S. K., 2018, In: Professions and Professionalism. 8, 1, 14 p., e1983.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Trans-local professional projects: Re-scaling the linked ecology of expert jurisdictions

    Blok, Anders, Lindstrøm, M. D., Meilvang, M. L. & Pedersen, Inge Kryger, 2018, In: Journal of Professions and Organization. 5, 2, p. 106-122

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    What is ‘Good Doctoring’ When Antibiotic Resistance is a Global Threat?

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger & Jepsen, K. S., 15 Jul 2018, Risking Antimicrobial Resistance: A collection of one-health studies of antibiotics and its social and health consequences. Jensen, C. S., Nielsen, S. B. & Fynbo, L. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 143-162

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

  5. Published

    Metaphors in Medical Practice: A Jurisdictional Tool

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, 2017, Professions and Metaphors: Understanding professions in society. Liljegren, A. & Saks, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 163-176 (Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society).

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

  6. Published

    The emergence of trust in clinics of alternative medicine

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, Hansen, V. H. & Grünenberg, Kristina, Jan 2016, In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 38, 1, p. 43–57

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    ’It can do no harm’: Body maintenance and modification in alternative medicine acknowledged as a non-risk health regimen

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, Aug 2013, In: Social Science & Medicine. 90, August, p. 56-62 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Kampen med kroppen: Alternativ behandling i et bruger- og samfundsperspektiv

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, 2012, Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 144 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    ‘Fantastic hands' - But no evidence: The construction of expertise by users of CAM

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger & Baarts, Charlotte, 2010, In: Social Science & Medicine. 71, 6, p. 1068-1075 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    Doping and the perfect body expert: social and cultural indicators of performance-enhancing drug use in Danish gyms

    Pedersen, Inge Kryger, 2010, In: Sport in Society. 13, 3, p. 503-516 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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