Morten Skovdal

Morten Skovdal

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Morten Skovdal is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health. He specialises in applied qualitative and participatory research in the field of global public health. His research focuses on the contextual factors and relational processes that shape engagement with health services and promote psychosocial wellbeing and care in the community. He is particularly interested in involving underserved groups in research, both to challenge dominant narratives, and to attune interventions to their lived realities. Much of his work has been conducted with children and young people in contexts of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa or refugee mental health in Europe. 

Morten is a trained community health and applied social psychologist, and received his PhD from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He also holds a BSc from the LSE and an MSc from University College London. Before taking up his academic position, Morten worked for Save the Children and other non-governmental organisations in Africa. Morten sits on the editorial boards of the Health Education Journal, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies and acts as commissioning editor for Children's Geographies. Follow him on Twitter for study updates: @mskovdal

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Current research

  • Participatory reserch 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)
  • Participatory research with young men who have sex with men about their uptake and engagement with Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PI, funded by AIDS Fondet, 2021)
  • 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, 2020-2022) 
  • Intervention study co-creating guidelines and associated training to help birth attenddants in Tanzania delivet safe care at bith (CO-I, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affaits, 2019-2024)
  • A randomised control trial exploring what behavioural economics and community psychology interventions can do to optimise uptake of HIV prevention methods amongst young people in Zimbabwe (CO-I, funded by National Institutes of Health, US, 2018-2022)
  • A study on the integration and care of young refugees in Denmark. The study sets out to unpack the 'junctures of change' that facilitate integration (CO-I, funded by the Danish Research Council, FSE, 2018-2022)
  • A study exploring the mental health and care potential of school-based interventions for newly arrived refugee youth in Europe (PI for DK, funded by the European Commission H2020, 2018-2021)

Previous research projects have been funded by the World Health Organisation, Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the Norwegian Research Council and the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research. Morten is a principal investigator at the Manicaland Centre for Public Health Research in Zimbabwe. 

Teaching

Morten runs two qualitative methods courses for Public Health students and supervises dissertation and thesis work in his areas of expertise. He currently supervises nine PhD students. 

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