Venka Simovska


Venka Simovska


Main current responsibilities

  • Leader and PI of the AU Ideas Pilot Centre: Schools for Health and Sustainable Development
  • Coordinator of the Schools for Health (SHE) Research Group, International network involving research institutions from 27 countries in Europe. The network is managed in collaboration with NIGZ, the WHO collaborating centre for school health promotion
  • Link Convenor for Health Education Research Network within the EERA (European Educational Research Association)

Research interests

Interdisciplinary research combining educational science, social science, psychology and health promotion sciences. More specificaly: Discourses within health and wellbeing education and promotion, the paradigm of Health (Wellbeing) Promoting Schools; Critical educational theory; Participatory and action-focused learning processes; Sociocultural and situative theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning; Action competence, agency and empowerment; Participation and (dis)engagement; Well-being and whole-school development; Transformation processes on the trajectories from policy to school practices; Implementation (enactment) of complex interventions in schools. Qualitative, mixed and plural method research approaches: case study, interview, observation. Constructivist and trans-epistemologies. Interpretive and critical paradigms.


Emerald Literati Club Awards for Excellence:

2015: Outstanding Reviewer

2011: Outstanding Reviewer

2005: Outstanding Journal Aricle

Doctoral research supervision

Main supervisor (Line Anne Roien (2015--2018): Sexuality, Subjectivity and Society: The role of school-based sexuality education

Main supervisor (Irene Torres) (2014-2016): Opportunities for school-based health promotion in farming communities of Ecuador.  

Co-surevisor: Anne Sofie Helms (2013-2015): RESPECT -education. Rehabilitation including Social & Psysi-cal activity and Education in Children and Teenagers with cancer. Copenhagen University. Main supervisor: Professor, Overlæge, dr. med. Kjeld Schmiegelow. 

Main supervior: Lone Lindegaard Nordin 2013 (finalised): Fra Politik til praksis - (From Policy to Practice - Implementation of municipal health promotion projects in schools with focus on healthy eating, physical activity and action competence: Teachers' perspectives). Aarhus University. 

Main Supervisor: Helle Schnor 2012 (finalised): Håndtering af kronisk sygdom i et hverddagslivs- og sundhedspædagogisk perspektiv: Et kvalitativt studie af hvorden mennesker med hjertesvigt lærer at håndtere hverdagen med kronisk sygdom. Aarhus Universittet. (Managing chronic illness - an everydaylife and health educational perspective:  Qualitative studye on how people with a heart failure learn to manage their everyday lives). Aarhus University.

Main supervisor: Rachael Kaki Nymai 2010 (finalised) Teachers' competence and pupils' participation in HIV/AIDS education in schools: A participatory action research in Kitui district, Kenya. A PhD study and research collaboration between DPU, Kenyatta University, Kenya, and the Centre for Health Research and Development, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences University of Copenhagen.

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