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 scholars from 28 countries in Europe. The network is managed in collaboration with SHE foundation coordinated by University College South Denmark, Knowledge Centre for Health Promotion and financed by EC.
  • Convenor for Health Education Research Network within the EERA (European Educational Research Association)

Research interests

Interdisciplinary research combining social science, psychology, educational science and health promotion sciences. More specificaly: Discourses within health and wellbeing education and promotion, the paradigm of Health (Wellbeing) Promoting Schools; (Post)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 (post)critical research paradigms.


Emerald Literati Club Awards for Excellence:

  • 2015: Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2011: Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2005: Outstanding Journal Aricle

Doctoral research supervision

Main supervisor - Nis Langer Primdahl (2018-2021): A "Contemplative Turn" in Danish Classrooms?Questioning the (un)intended effects of contemplative practices in Danish Schools. AU Open Call Scholarship. 

Main supervisor - Cecilia Petrine Molander Pedersen (2014-2019): Promoting Wellbeing in Children in Greendland. Joint PhD degree with the University of Greendland, Department of Learning

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

Main supervisor: Irene Torres 2017 (finalised): Opportunities for school-based health promotion in farming communities of Ecuador: A health-promoting school perspective.  Financed by the Equadorian Government. Aarhus University.

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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