Public Health Sciences

The public health research group at Uppsala University was formed in October 2016. The research originates from successful research applications based mainly on ecological life-course epidemiological analyses of the Northern Swedish Cohort.

Mental health in adolescence and the paths ahead

One of our major research programmes is about mental health in adolescence and the paths ahead - an ecological life-course approach to mental health development into adulthood. The main aim is to analyse the importance of mental health in adolescence for the development of well-being and health status over the life-course until adult age. The programme will develop an ecological life-course framework of mental health, using a conceptual integration of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory of human development, combined with life-course epidemiology and individual level theories (agency within structures). This framework will be applied in our research.

Sex, gender and health

Another important research programme is gender theoretical development of how sex/gender and health are interwoven in a Northern European context. The research questions are:

  • How can we move beyond a dichotomous view of the concepts of “sex” and “gender”?

  • How are sex/ gender interwoven with health focusing on e.g. gender constructions, gender relations, psychosocial and material life conditions, bodily experiences, stress and biological markers?

  • Is the interweaving of sex/ gender with health related to intersectional power dimensions related to age, class, ethnicity and sexuality?

Our theoretical points of departure are an interesting combination of social constructivism and materialist feminism. Theory building will be undertaken in a double theorizing process carried out through two different but parallel approaches: analyses of theoretical texts (step 1) and theoretical development through empirical analyses of diverse samples (step 2). These two processes will each deliver partial knowledge, which will then be combined, and finally integrated at key junctures of theorisation. Our project can make important contributions to both the feminist literature as well as to the field of health.


Research group leader:

Anne Hammarström
Professor/Specialist physician

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