The Health and Life Conditions Research Group (HALC)

The anthropology of health has been a priority area at the department since the 1980s. Over the years, teaching, research and PhD training have developed and diversified this field. Starting with an interest in culturally specific perceptions of illness and therapeutic itineraries, the field has taken on a more global perspective, while maintaining commitment to in-depth ethnography.

Photo: Mostafa Meraji/Unsplash
Photo: Mostafa Meraji/Unsplash

Changing patterns of demography, disease and disability present new challenges. So do the rapid development and appropriation of biomedical technology in the broad sense of devices, health data, medicines, techniques, and health programmes. A focus on power, sociality, health consciousness, institutional practices and lived experiences characterises many of our research projects. The classic comparative method attends to social differences and inequities within, as well as between, societies.






Name Title Phone E-mail
Bjertrup, Pia Juul PhD Fellow   E-mail
Bundgaard, Helle Associate Professor +4535323483 E-mail
Gammeltoft, Tine Professor +4535323474 E-mail
Grünenberg, Kristina Associate Professor   E-mail
Hillersdal, Line Assistant Professor +4530298221 E-mail
Madsen, Ida Vandsøe PhD Fellow +4529288575 E-mail
McGahey, Brian Noel PhD Fellow   E-mail
Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard Associate Professor +4535323454 E-mail
Oxlund, Bjarke Professor with special responsibilities +4526148843 E-mail
Samuelsen, Helle Associate Professor +4535327877 E-mail
Schwennesen, Nete Associate Professor +4535336016 E-mail
Wahlberg, Ayo Professor with special responsibilities +4535324451 E-mail
Whyte, Susan Reynolds Professor +4535323477 E-mail
Williams, Lars Peter Hedegaard Teaching Assistant   E-mail

External researchers


  • Anna Johansen
  • Mie Winther Christensen
  • Cand.stud. Gabrielle Wood Henriksen (email)

Contact person

Susan Reynolds Whyte
T: +45 35 32 34 77
Office: 16.2.04

Nete Schwennesen
T: +45 35 337708
Office: 33.1.06