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
Ayo Wahlberg Professor with special responsibilities +4535324451 E-mail
Hanne Overgaard Mogensen Associate Professor +4535323454 E-mail
Helle Bundgaard Associate Professor +4535323483 E-mail
Helle Samuelsen Associate Professor +4535327877 E-mail
Ida Vandsøe Madsen PhD Fellow +4529288575 E-mail
Kristina Grünenberg Associate Professor   E-mail
Line Hillersdal Associate Professor +4530298221 E-mail
Pia Juul Bjertrup Research Assistant   E-mail
Susan Reynolds Whyte Professor +4535323477 E-mail
Tine Mette Gammeltoft Professor +4535323474 E-mail

External researchers

  • Postdoc Marie Kofod Svensson, Hjerteforeningen
  • PhD Student Laura Louise Heinsen, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University
  • Research Assistant Astrid Andrea Schultz, Steno Diabetes Center
  • Postdoc Sofie Rosenlund Lau, Department of Public Health, UCPH
  • PhD Student Anna Louise Skovgaard, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
  • PhD Student Simone Anna Felding, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
  • PhD student Alexandra Middleton, Princeton University, (email)
  • PhD student Cheick Omar Diallo (email)
  • PhD student Hamidou Sanou (email)
  • PhD student Huguette Douo Tyenou (email)
  • PhD student Minna Steen Bergstrøm (email)


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


Kristina Grünenberg

Phone:  +45 35 33 73 37

Hanne Overgaard Mogensen

Phone:  +45 35 32 34 54