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In my research I take an ethnographic approach to analysing health policy, particuarly at a global level. 

My main project is on Sweden's role in global health. I have also carried out research on reproductive health policy and on violence against health care in humanitarian crises. My PhD is in social anthropology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


I am the course convenor for Health, Power and Culture (Hälsa, makt och kultur) and for Society, Risk and Health (Samhälle, risk och hälsa)

I also teach on the course Cultural Perspectives on Health, Lifestyle and Medicine, and teach and supervise students on the Master's of Applied Cultural Analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Ethnology
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


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