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The pilot centre was launched in 2012 under the leadership of Professor (MSO) Venka Simovska.
Research is conducted by a nucleus of researchers at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University in collaboration with several national and international partners within health education and education for sustainable development.

International advisory research group

  • Alan Reid, Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Education, Monash University, Australia
  • Gert Biesta, Professor of Education at the School of Education, University of Stirling, UK
  • Peter Paulus, Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
  • Bjørn Holstein, Professor at the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark

Centre Leader Venka Simovska

Centre Leader Venka Simovska, PhD, is Professor (MSO) at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Venka directs the Research Programme for Environmental and Health Education at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Campus Copenhagen. She is also the European coordinator of the international research network Schools for Health (SHE Research Group), and coordinates the Research in Health Education network within the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Research interests:

Critical health education and health promotion with particular focus on learning processes, participation, empowerment and action competence in relation to health. In addition, discourse analyses related to evidence regarding educational research and the epistemological tensions emerging from the interdisciplinary field between health education and health promotion.  pure.au.dk/portal/en/vs@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

Simovska V. &  McNamara P.(eds.)(forthcoming 2013).Schools for Health and Sustainability: Theory, Research and Practice. Dordrecht: Springer.

Simovska, V. (2008). Learning in and as participation. In Reid, A., Jensen, B.B., Nikel, J. & Simovska, V. (eds) Participation and learning: perspectives on education and the environment, health and sustainability. Dordrecht, Springer. pp. 61-80

Katrine Dahl Madsen

Katrine Dahl Madsen holds a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University.

Research interests:

Education for sustainable development as didactic practice within the school with particular focus on interactive research, social learning and partnerships between teachers and researchers. Katrine teaches students at the Master’s Programme on Health Education at Aarhus University and is currently involved in planning an international in-service training course for teachers on education for sustainable development in cooperation with University College Lillebaelt. pure.au.dk/portal/en/kdma@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

  • Madsen, Katrine Dahl (2009): Klimawandel und Bildung für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung. In: Kennzeichen DK, Kgl. Dänische Botschaft, Nr. 90, november.
  • Madsen, Katrine Dahl; Meyer, Bente; Rørbech, Helle (2008): Klasseledelse, demokrati og medborgerskab i (det) flerkulturelle klasserum. I: Klasseledelse – magtkampe I praksis, pædagogik og politik. Krejsler, John B; Moos, Lejs (Red). Dafolo.

Lone Lindegard Nordin

Lone Lindegard Nordin is a PhD student at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University within the field of health education.

Research interests:

Health promotion and health education in the Folkeskole from a critical health education perspective. Lone’s research also considers the implementation of municipal health promotion projects in health education with particular focus on the teacher’s role in the implementation process. pure.au.dk/portal/da/lln@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

Jeppe Læssøe

Jeppe Læssøe, PhD, Professor (MSO) at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University.

Research interests:

Environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD). Jeppe has been involved in charting the development of ESD and the related political process both in Denmark and internationally. Currently, Jeppe’s research focuses on the links between international and national policy development regarding ESD. Another recurring theme is the role of research in relation to the political process and the resultant methodological challenges and possibilities. pure.au.dk/portal/en/jepl@dpu.dk


Selected publications:

  • Breiting, S., Læssøe, J., Rolls, S. & Schnack, K. (2009): Danish National Report: Climate Change and Sustainable development: The Response from EducationThe Danish School of Education.
  • Læssøe, J., Schnack, K., Breiting, S. & Rolls, S. (2009) Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Response from Education: A cross-national report from International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes

Jeanette Magne

Jeanette Magne, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University.

Research interests:

Change processes related to social inequality and the development of health education sensitive to everyday life; health promotion settings including research on health promoting schools; competence development for teachers, kindergarten teachers and health professionals with particular focus on participation processes, empowerment and capacity building; evaluation of health promotion processes in schools and other settings involving children and young people; and strategic development of research and intervention projects. pure.au.dk/portal/en/jema@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

  • Albeck, CK, Jensen, JM & Sørensen, K. (2012): Evaluering af Aarhus Kommunes forsøgsordning: Morgenmad, frugt og vand til alle elever på Vorrevangskolen og Skovvangskolen, Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik, Aarhus Universitet
  • Jensen, JM & Larsen, N (2009): Evaluation of RoSaCe – Road Safety Cities in Europe. The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University and P.A.U. Education

Jeanette Magne

Associate professor

Monica Carlsson

Monica Carlsson, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University.

Research interests:

Transformation processes at schools regarding health education and education for sustainable development: processes and outcomes (focusing on professional and student competences), development and evaluation (focusing on context, change mechanisms and outcomes), partnerships between schools and other stakeholders regarding policies and programmes, and policy, programme and curriculum analysis. pure.au.dk/portal/en/monica@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

  • Carlsson, Monica (in review) Professional competences within school health promotion – between standards and professional judgment. In: Simovska V, McNamara P (eds.) Schools for Health and Sustainability. Theory, Research and Practice. Springer.
  • Carlsson, M. and Simovska, V. (2012) Exploring learning outcomes of school-based health promotion – a multiple case study. Health Educ. Res. 27 (3): 437-447.

Anders Kruse Ljungdal

Anders Kruse Ljungdalh, PhD, holds a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University.

Research interests:

Research interests: Anders’ doctoral thesis explored contemporary lifestyle and health norms through a qualitative study of type 2 diabetics’ self care practices. Theoretical inspirations include Georges Canguilhem and Michel Foucault. Anders teaches courses in health education, medical philosophy and theory of science. He is currently participating in a research project concerning children and young people’s participation, competences and competence development in partnership with the Research Centre for Child and youth Competence Development (BUK) at Lillehammer University College, contributing a systematic literature review of the field. pure.au.dk/portal/en/ankl@dpu.dk

Selected publications:

  • Ljungdalh, A.K. (2009). Normer og normalisering: Canguilhem i et sundhedspædagogisk perspektiv. In M. Carlsen et al. (ed) Sundhedspædagogik og sundhedsfremme. Århus: Århus Universitetsforlag: 139-150.

Irene Torres


Irene joined the Pilot Centre as a PhD student with a grant from the Ecuadorian government to study ‘Opportunities for school-based health promotion and education in farming communities of Ecuador’. Under the supervision of Venka Simovska, she graduated in 2017, having published the following articles:

Line Anne Roien

Line Anne Roien was granted the AU open call PhD scholarship and joined the Pilot Centre 1 September 2015. Her PhD study is titled ‘Sexuality, Subjectivity and Society - the Role of Sexuality Education in School’. Principal supervisor: Venka Simovska. Co-supervisor: Christian Graugaard.  The study will add a new angle to the research that the Pilot Centre is doing – by examining how sexuality education is conceptualised, articulated in curricula, and unfolded in practice, and how this relates to broader educational objectives in late modernity. Line has previously worked in the Pilot Centre as a research assistant. Her first paper analysing the literature in the field will be presented at the ECER conference in Budapest in September.