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Research areas

Health Promotion, Diabetes Prevention Research

Main research areas

My research is centered around the development and evaluation of interventions, methods and models for use in complex, real-life population-based health promotion interventions.

My professional expertise is greatest within the following areas: Promotion of physical activity, active living and mental health and well-being, food and health literacy, prevention of smoking and Children and young people, young adults, adults at special risk. Vocational education, FGU, Primary schools, Local communities, Vulnerable residential areas, Municipalities, civil society actors. Health promotion, Implementation, system-oriented approaches to complex health challenges, co-creation, the Icelandic prevention model, data-driven health promotion. Implementation research, Intervention research, Evaluation. Qualitative and quantitative methods.

Potential conflicts of interest


Current research

Research management and funding (current position)



  • My Life – I Decide. A health promoting school intervention to increase mental health, life-skills, and well-being among 10th grade students. Principal Investigator, 2024-2027. Funding: 4.997.200 (Trygfonden)
  • Children's Cooperation Denmark (Child-COOP): Promoting healthy physical activity behaviour in children aged 6-12 years: a 3-year system dynamics trial. Co-applicant, 2023-2026, Funding: 9,800.000 (Novo Nordisk Fonden)
  • The Move NEET Youth study: A Systems Approach to Promote Physical activity among Youth at FGU-schools. Principal Investigator, 2023-2026, Funding 4,500.000 (Hjerteforeningen)
  • The PROVE IT study: Promoting healthy weight in young adults attending vocational education – a feasibility study of a participatory systems approach. Principal Investigator, 2022-2024, Funding: 3,540.390 (Novo Nordisk Fonden)
  • Formative evaluation of “Fælles om ungelivet”. Principal Investigator for Research, 2020-2023, Funding: 650.000 (Sundhedsstyrelsen)
  • Move-Out: Efficacy and mechanisms of an education outside the classroom intervention. Co-applicant, 2021-2025, Funding: 5,300.000 (Novo Nordisk Fonden)
  • Data-driven co-creation and health promotion at Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools. Principal Investigator, 2020-2024, Funding: 2,550.000 (Danske Regioner, Helsefonden, Tværspuljen)
  • ASPHALT Part II. Multi-Method Evaluation of a Comprehensive Peer-Led Youth Community Sport Programme Implemented in Low Resource Neighbourhoods. Principal Investigator for Research, 2020-2023, Funding: 10,000.000 (Novo Nordisk Fonden)
  • Health and wellbeing survey at VET schools. Principal Investigator 2018-2020, Funding: 1,000.000 (Hjerteforeningen)
  • Smokefree vocational schools. Principal Investigator for Research, 2018-2022, Funding: 9,400.000 (Sundhedsministeriet)
  • ASPHALT Part 1, Co-applicant, 2017-2019, Funding: 10,000.000 (Novo Nordisk Fonden)
  • A pre-study of effective tobacco prevention at vocational schools. Principal Investigator, 2017-2018, Funding: 500.000 (Hjerteforeningen)
  • Health promotion activities and capacity at Danish VET schools. Principal Investigator, 2017, Funding: 300.000 (Hjerteforeningen)
  • Partnership for Health Innovation, Principal Investigator for Research, 2015-2017, Funding: 5,000.000 DKR (Regeringen)



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