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Asger Aarup Hansen

Asger Aarup Hansen

Videnskabelig ass., Research Assistant

I am a cultural analyst and ethnologist with a special interest in investigating issues related to health, diseases and lifestyle from an everyday life perspective. I focus my scientific attention on how patients, health professionals and public officials experience, tackle and make sense of their daily struggles with health-related challenges.

I am especially interested in the controversies and conflicts that arise in the interplay between everyday life practices and societal infrastructures. I use this analytical gaze to identify problems that deserve scientific scrutiny and to point out key informants. The challenges of today’s welfare state-based healthcare systems are not only made visible by epidemiological studies but also by the resistance of citizens and patients in everyday life situations. These micro-level actions can be studied by applying a mix of qualitative research methodology, ethnographic methods and cultural theory.

The health challenges of today are complex and multifactorial and the main causes of death worldwide are now degenerative diseases caused by a complex mix of hereditary genetics and environmental factors. Thus, the solutions to the challenges posed by this change in disease patterns must be multifactorial as well. I strive to provide a small but significant piece of this huge puzzle, and it is only by also applying everyday life perspectives that the solutions to the complex issue of modern day degenerative diseases can truly become effective and sustainable.

Primary fields of research

I am working as a research assistant as part of the Center for Healthy Ageing. My main objectives are tied to the project Biomarkers of ageing - Use of internet ‘measurement of biological age’ website services where we investigate people's use of alternative age measurement tools, their motivation for using these tools and the implications of such use.

I am also currently involved in cancer research on how everyday lives are affected prior to, during and after the disease has been diagnosed and treated. My master thesis was a cultural analytical exposition on late effects of colorectal cancer and anal cancer, and I currently work with applying ethnographic methods as a way of improving the long-term, sustainable potential in clinical trial designs.

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