We work with the concept of “engaged research”. This signifies that our research always attempts to engage with relevant parties and contexts outside the university, helping to influence and shape the society of the future.

Our research is cultural-analytical and based on qualitative methods. Our methodology includes ethnographic fieldwork with in-depth interviews, participant observations, and other methods involving the people who are the focus of our research. We pay particular attention to everyday practices, structures, and culture. Additionally, we often work across disciplines with researchers using quantitative methods. The interplay of quantitative and qualitative methods provides both breadth and depth of insight, which can be crucial in some projects.

Focus areas

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Food, diet, and nutrition
  • Health promotion, prevention, and health literacy
  • Role of the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell) in health and disease
  • Psychiatry and mental illnesses
  • Welfare technology
  • Labor market
  • Diseases and treatment practices