Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research

Louise Christensen

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Professional Experience 

Assistant Professor, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Aarhus University (Oct. 2018- )

Assistant professor in a collaborative research project concerning the drug use and everyday life of socially marginalized drug users in Copenhagen. The project is in collaboration with researchers from Metropol University College and practitioners from Copenhagen municipality and with the Copenhagen Police, The Metropolitan Regional Psychiatric Services. Funded by the Velux Foundation.

Particular responsibility for interviews and participant observation with users and practitioners in the shelters, streets, drop-in centers etc. from one area of Copenhagen

 

Ph.D.-fellow in Social Anthropology, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Aarhus University (2015- august 2018)

Exploring the phenomenon of social marginalization and the social services provided for socially marginalized people in Denmark as part of a larger research project at The Center for Drug and Alcohol Research focusing on the services provided for socially marginalized people.

Funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research.

PhD-stay, January-March 2018 at: Brown University’s Anthropology Department and the Watson institute

PhD-stay April-May 2018 at: Lund University’s Department of Social Work

 

MSc in Social Anthropology, Copenhagen University (2011)

Specialization: political anthropology and social marginalization. Master Thesis concerning experiences of social marginalization among homeless people and their everyday life

 

BSc in Social Anthropology, Copenhagen University 2007)

Methodology-report based on fieldwork for the Center for Battered Women: “Dannerhuset”

 

Professional Experience

Project Manager, The National Board of Social Services (2014-2015)

Manager of projects and ministerial advise at the office of psychosocial rehabilitation

  • Implementing special services for socially marginalized people such as the evidence-based ACT-method for people with mental illness in Danish municipalities
  • Preparation of ministerial advise on legal changes concerning The Danish National Social Services Act

 

Development Consultant, Copenhagen Municipality (2013-2014)

Research and implementation of social policy at the Department of Social Services

  • Social policy development and implementation at Copenhagen homeless shelters and crisis centers for battered women
  • Analysis of youth homelessness via qualitative interviews with Danish homeless youth
  • Collaboration with Copenhagen independent and municipal homeless shelters on social policy provision

 

Project Assistant, Kofoed’s Skole and Villum Foundation (2011)

Research and evaluation of a 2 year transnational project concerning support for East European homeless people in Denmark and Poland in collaboration with a social worker

  • Analyzed the experiences and systematized the data gathered from the 2 year project

 

 

Project Manager, Kofoed’s School and the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs (2010)

Completion of the project concerning panhandlers in inner-city Copenhagen


  • Preparation of project design
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection among panhandlers in Copenhagen 

  • Written report on the data and communication of results in a number of magazines

 

Assistant, The National Council for Socially Marginalized People (2007-2009)

Administrative functions for the National Council for Socially Marginalized People

  • Research into subjects concerning socially marginalized people and social policy
  • Preparation of the Council for Socially Marginalized People’s Yearbook 2007 & 2008
  • Planning, arranging and evaluating the yearly event ”Brugernes BaZar” for user-organizations, socially marginalized people and Danish MPs

Assistant, The Ministry of Social Affairs (2007-2009)

The Office for Socially Marginalized People

  • Research on topics concerning conditions for socially marginalized people

  • Answering of inquiries from socially marginalized people and municipalities, organizations, practitioners 
etc. on subjects concerning the national social policy and Danish social law

 

Fieldwork

Fieldwork in Copenhagen, Denmark (2018-)

On the streets, shelters, drop-in centers, clinics, drug treatment centers etc. of one particular urban area of Copenhagen

  • Mapping ressources and risk-environments in one area of Copenhagen
  • Participant observation in the streets, shelters, drop-in centers, clinics etc. in this area of Copenhagen with socially marginalized drug users and service providers
  • Quantitative and qualitative interviews with socially marginalized drug users in this area of Copenhagen

 

Fieldwork in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark (2015-2016)

In two Danish municipalities’ departments of social- and employment services

  • 10 months participant observation in two municipal services to socially marginalized people
  • 53 interviews with social workers, nurses, psychiatrist and managers in drug treatment centers, psychiatric units and employment centers

 

Fieldwork in Copenhagen, Denmark (2010)

On the streets of Copenhagen’s inner-city and a contact-center for homeless


  • 5 months participant observation among homeless people on the streets of Copenhagen and at a drop-in center
  • Wrote the Master’s Thesis “Homeless People’s Everyday life and Experiences of Social Marginalization” based on the fieldwork from Copenhagen and pilot study from Israel

 

Fieldwork in Tel Aviv, Israel 2009

In “Lasova”, a soup kitchen for socially marginalized people


  • 5 months participant observation in “Lasova”, a soup kitchen in Tel Aviv’s Shapira-neighborhood and the neighborhood

 

 

Publications

  • Article: “Metaphors of Change. Descriptions of changes within the practices of social work for socially marginalized people” (August 2017, Journal of Organizational Ethnography)
  • Article: “To sit on Your Hands –Deinstitutionalization in social psychiatry” (Vera (Danish Journal for Social Caretakers), 2013)
  • Report: “Alternative Housing –Former Homeless and/or mentally vulnerable People’s Experiences of everyday-life in Alternative Housing” (Internal Municipal report, 2o13)
  • Report: ”Evaluation of Two Independent Housing Units” (Internal Municipal Report, 2012)
  • Report: “From Residential Shelter to Independent Housing. Social Caretakers and Mentally Ill People’s Experiences in Moving from Residential Shelter to Independent Housing” (Internal Municipal Report, 2012)
  • Report and article: Concerning foreign homeless people in Copenhagen (Kofoeds Skole, 2011).
  • Article: On fieldwork among homeless and socially marginalized people in Copenhagen (Metodist Kirkens Sociale Arbejde, 2009)
  • Report: Panhandlers in Copenhagen, (Kofoeds Skole, 2010)
  • Article: Panhandlers in Copenhagen, (Kofoeds Avis, 2010) and (Elbobladet, 2010).

 

Teaching

Lecturer, for bachelor and master students, Copenhagen University (2020)

Lead lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University

  • Preparing and lecturing in the course “Public Value in the Public Sector”
  • Preparing and facilitating mini-fieldwork assignment
  • Preparing, organizing and facilitating a 6-hours model-séance (based in the UN-model format) on two real-life dilemmas/scenarios in the Danish public sector; homelessness in Hoeje Taastrup municipality and anti-radicalism in Copenhagen municipality
  • Assessment and grading of final written exam and feedback to students of the running 3 portfolios throughout the course

 

Lecturer, Summer school for bachelor & master students Aarhus University (2017)

Teaching as part of Aarhus Universities’ Center for Drug and Alcohol Research yearly summer school

  • Preparing and lecturing in teaching sessions on social marginalization (social deviance)
  • Preparing for presentation on social theory and cases on social marginalization
  • Correction, feedback and grading of student’s assignment

Lecturer, Summer school for bachelor and master students Aarhus University (2016)

Teaching as part of Aarhus Universities’ Center for Drug and Alcohol Research yearly summer school

  • Preparing and lecturing in teaching session on social scientific research on social marginalization (social deviance)
  • Workshop on the urban space and social marginalization

Lecturer, Teaching sessions for social workers at Metropol Institute of Social Work, (2014)

Teaching as part of program on social marginalization and social theory for coming social workers’

  • Preparing and lecturing in social science theory, social marginalization as societal phenomenon, socially marginalized groups and social policy and implementation

 

Lecturer, Session for international students at Krogerup Folk-high School, (2012)

Teaching as part of program on migration, poverty, migration-policy in an international perspective

  • Preparing and lecturing on migration and social problems deriving from migration and policy with South Tel Aviv as case

 

Councils, Boards etc.

Mentée at the European Commission’s Representation Office in Denmark (2011)

  • Mentée in EU office Denmark concerning EU policies focusing on social affairs

 

Member of the Appeals Board, Copenhagen University, Institute of Anthropology
(2007-2008)

  • Student-representative on the board. Went through the complaints from students concerning their assignments on bachelor and master level

 

Member of Staff-Student Committee, Copenhagen University, Institute of Anthropology (2005-2007)

  • Student-representative in the council concerning different assignments amongst others preparation and completion of the new syllabus.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Professional Experience

 

Assistant Professor, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Aarhus University (Oct. 2018- )

Assistant professor in a collaborative research project concerning the drug use and everyday life of socially marginalized drug users in Copenhagen. The project is in collaboration with researchers from Metropol University College and practitioners from Copenhagen municipality and with the Copenhagen Police, The Metropolitan Regional Psychiatric Services. Funded by the Velux Foundation.

Particular responsibility for interviews and participant observation with users and practitioners in the shelters, streets, drop-in centers etc. from one area of Copenhagen

 

Ph.D.-fellow in Social Anthropology, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Aarhus University (2015- august 2018)

Exploring the phenomenon of social marginalization and the social services provided for socially marginalized people in Denmark as part of a larger research project at The Center for Drug and Alcohol Research focusing on the services provided for socially marginalized people.

Funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research.

PhD-stay, January-March 2018 at: Brown University’s Anthropology Department and the Watson institute

PhD-stay April-May 2018 at: Lund University’s Department of Social Work

 

MSc in Social Anthropology, Copenhagen University (2011)

Specialization: political anthropology and social marginalization. Master Thesis concerning experiences of social marginalization among homeless people and their everyday life

 

BSc in Social Anthropology, Copenhagen University 2007)

Methodology-report based on fieldwork for the Center for Battered Women: “Dannerhuset”

 

Professional Experience

Project Manager, The National Board of Social Services (2014-2015)

Manager of projects and ministerial advise at the office of psychosocial rehabilitation

  • Implementing special services for socially marginalized people such as the evidence-based ACT-method for people with mental illness in Danish municipalities
  • Preparation of ministerial advise on legal changes concerning The Danish National Social Services Act

 

Development Consultant, Copenhagen Municipality (2013-2014)

Research and implementation of social policy at the Department of Social Services

  • Social policy development and implementation at Copenhagen homeless shelters and crisis centers for battered women
  • Analysis of youth homelessness via qualitative interviews with Danish homeless youth
  • Collaboration with Copenhagen independent and municipal homeless shelters on social policy provision

 

Project Assistant, Kofoed’s Skole and Villum Foundation (2011)

Research and evaluation of a 2 year transnational project concerning support for East European homeless people in Denmark and Poland in collaboration with a social worker

  • Analyzed the experiences and systematized the data gathered from the 2 year project

 

 

Project Manager, Kofoed’s School and the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs (2010)

Completion of the project concerning panhandlers in inner-city Copenhagen


  • Preparation of project design
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection among panhandlers in Copenhagen 

  • Written report on the data and communication of results in a number of magazines

 

Assistant, The National Council for Socially Marginalized People (2007-2009)

Administrative functions for the National Council for Socially Marginalized People

  • Research into subjects concerning socially marginalized people and social policy
  • Preparation of the Council for Socially Marginalized People’s Yearbook 2007 & 2008
  • Planning, arranging and evaluating the yearly event ”Brugernes BaZar” for user-organizations, socially marginalized people and Danish MPs

Assistant, The Ministry of Social Affairs (2007-2009)

The Office for Socially Marginalized People

  • Research on topics concerning conditions for socially marginalized people

  • Answering of inquiries from socially marginalized people and municipalities, organizations, practitioners 
etc. on subjects concerning the national social policy and Danish social law

 

Fieldwork

Fieldwork in Copenhagen, Denmark (2018-)

On the streets, shelters, drop-in centers, clinics, drug treatment centers etc. of one particular urban area of Copenhagen

  • Mapping ressources and risk-environments in one area of Copenhagen
  • Participant observation in the streets, shelters, drop-in centers, clinics etc. in this area of Copenhagen with socially marginalized drug users and service providers
  • Quantitative and qualitative interviews with socially marginalized drug users in this area of Copenhagen

 

Fieldwork in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark (2015-2016)

In two Danish municipalities’ departments of social- and employment services

  • 10 months participant observation in two municipal services to socially marginalized people
  • 53 interviews with social workers, nurses, psychiatrist and managers in drug treatment centers, psychiatric units and employment centers

 

Fieldwork in Copenhagen, Denmark (2010)

On the streets of Copenhagen’s inner-city and a contact-center for homeless


  • 5 months participant observation among homeless people on the streets of Copenhagen and at a drop-in center
  • Wrote the Master’s Thesis “Homeless People’s Everyday life and Experiences of Social Marginalization” based on the fieldwork from Copenhagen and pilot study from Israel

 

Fieldwork in Tel Aviv, Israel 2009

In “Lasova”, a soup kitchen for socially marginalized people


  • 5 months participant observation in “Lasova”, a soup kitchen in Tel Aviv’s Shapira-neighborhood and the neighborhood

 

 

Publications

  • Article: “Metaphors of Change. Descriptions of changes within the practices of social work for socially marginalized people” (August 2017, Journal of Organizational Ethnography)
  • Article: “To sit on Your Hands –Deinstitutionalization in social psychiatry” (Vera (Danish Journal for Social Caretakers), 2013)
  • Report: “Alternative Housing –Former Homeless and/or mentally vulnerable People’s Experiences of everyday-life in Alternative Housing” (Internal Municipal report, 2o13)
  • Report: ”Evaluation of Two Independent Housing Units” (Internal Municipal Report, 2012)
  • Report: “From Residential Shelter to Independent Housing. Social Caretakers and Mentally Ill People’s Experiences in Moving from Residential Shelter to Independent Housing” (Internal Municipal Report, 2012)
  • Report and article: Concerning foreign homeless people in Copenhagen (Kofoeds Skole, 2011).
  • Article: On fieldwork among homeless and socially marginalized people in Copenhagen (Metodist Kirkens Sociale Arbejde, 2009)
  • Report: Panhandlers in Copenhagen, (Kofoeds Skole, 2010)
  • Article: Panhandlers in Copenhagen, (Kofoeds Avis, 2010) and (Elbobladet, 2010).

 

Teaching

Lecturer, for bachelor and master students, Copenhagen University (2020)

Lead lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University

  • Preparing and lecturing in the course “Public Value in the Public Sector”
  • Preparing and facilitating mini-fieldwork assignment
  • Preparing, organizing and facilitating a 6-hours model-séance (based in the UN-model format) on two real-life dilemmas/scenarios in the Danish public sector; homelessness in Hoeje Taastrup municipality and anti-radicalism in Copenhagen municipality
  • Assessment and grading of final written exam and feedback to students of the running 3 portfolios throughout the course

 

Lecturer, Summer school for bachelor & master students Aarhus University (2017)

Teaching as part of Aarhus Universities’ Center for Drug and Alcohol Research yearly summer school

  • Preparing and lecturing in teaching sessions on social marginalization (social deviance)
  • Preparing for presentation on social theory and cases on social marginalization
  • Correction, feedback and grading of student’s assignment

Lecturer, Summer school for bachelor and master students Aarhus University (2016)

Teaching as part of Aarhus Universities’ Center for Drug and Alcohol Research yearly summer school

  • Preparing and lecturing in teaching session on social scientific research on social marginalization (social deviance)
  • Workshop on the urban space and social marginalization

Lecturer, Teaching sessions for social workers at Metropol Institute of Social Work, (2014)

Teaching as part of program on social marginalization and social theory for coming social workers’

  • Preparing and lecturing in social science theory, social marginalization as societal phenomenon, socially marginalized groups and social policy and implementation

 

Lecturer, Session for international students at Krogerup Folk-high School, (2012)

Teaching as part of program on migration, poverty, migration-policy in an international perspective

  • Preparing and lecturing on migration and social problems deriving from migration and policy with South Tel Aviv as case

 

Councils, Boards etc.

Mentée at the European Commission’s Representation Office in Denmark (2011)

  • Mentée in EU office Denmark concerning EU policies focusing on social affairs

 

Member of the Appeals Board, Copenhagen University, Institute of Anthropology
(2007-2008)

  • Student-representative on the board. Went through the complaints from students concerning their assignments on bachelor and master level

 

Member of Staff-Student Committee, Copenhagen University, Institute of Anthropology (2005-2007)

  • Student-representative in the council concerning different assignments amongst others preparation and completion of the new syllabus.