Section of Health Services Research
Øster Farimagsgade 5 opg. B
1014 København K
I am a social psychologist applying related theories to understand and address the social and structural factors that shape engagement with health services and promote psychosocial wellbeing and care in the community. I work on a range of global health challenges such as HIV, climate change, and migration. I have a particular interest in involving underserved and socially marginalised groups in research, both to challenge dominant narratives, and to attune interventions to their lived realities.
I received my PhD in Psychology from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2009. Prior to that I received my MSc from University College London and BSc from the LSE. Before joining the University of Copenhagen, I worked for Save the Children UK. I sit on the editorial boards of the Health Education Journal, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies and I am the Northern Europe editor for Children's Geographies. Follow me on Twitter for study updates: @mskovdal
- Participatory research with forcibly displaced persons in South Sudan and Uganda to understand how mobility affects their chronic disease care (PI, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, 2022-2027) project website
- Participatory research with children and young people in Tanzania to understand their experiences, struggles and ways of coping with the climate crisis, at home and in their communities (PI, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2021-2026) project website
- Participatory research to understand HIV risk in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe (Lead social science collaborator, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2020-2023)
- Intervention study co-creating guidelines and associated training to help birth attenddants in Tanzania deliver safe care at bith (CO-I, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2019-2024)
I am the course convenor of two qualitative research methods courses and supervises dissertation and thesis work in my areas of expertise.