Sport, Individual & Society

The primary research aim of the unit lies in sport promotion. The section therefore focuses upon ensuring meaningful experiences of being active, together with creating opportunities that can accommodate vulnerable target groups so that the general population increases its participation in physical activity.


Research groups


The research of the section aims at promoting sport and movement activities for individuals and in society. It focuses on the importance of creating meaningful experiences, community, and organizational possibilities that also include people in vulnerable positions so that the levels physical activity improve in the whole population.

We investigate the diversity of sport and movement activities. Our research contributes to the understanding of sport, movement activities, and the importance of the body historically, and creates the foundation for future visionary possibilities. Emphasis is on the wider health aspects of sport and movement activities, but also on the pleasure of movement, enjoyment, and citizenship.

The research forms the foundation of our contribution to NEXS educational programmes. The section teaches subjects in the Bachelor degree programme in Sport and Physical Activity, in the Master programme in Social Science and Humanities of Sport and Exercise, and in the Master degree programme in Sport and Welfare.



Our main aim is to be a benchmark contributor to sport and exercise research nationally and internationally, primarily within pedagogics, psychology, and sociology. Our research is therefore anchored in two focused, but complementary, research groups.

The aim of organizing in this way is to ensure and promote a robust academic standard, both theoretically and in terms of applied methods, enabling us to contribute collectively at the highest possible international research level.

The research of the section is linked to professional practices. We therefore collaborate with several sports organizations and with public administration, as well as with actors within teaching and education environments.

In this way, we strive towards that our research creates equality for all in sport and thereby makes a difference for the broader population across age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and social or cultural background.






Head of section: Associate professor Laila Ottesen

Section Secretary: Helle Rudolph Jensen

Postal address
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Section for Sport, Individual & Society
Nørre Allé 51
DK 2200 Copenhagen N

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Section for Sport, Individual & Society
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Nørre Allé 55
DK 2200 Copenhagen N

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Section members

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Adam B. Evans Associate Professor +4535331336 E-mail
Adam Heede-Andersen Academic Staff +4535333372 E-mail
Andorra Lynn Jensen PhD Student +4535322429 E-mail
Anna Stage Hansen Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Anne Kathrine Podlech Student +4535335540 E-mail
Charlotte Geer Grumsen Academic Officer +4593565983 E-mail
Charlotte Svendler Nielsen Associate Professor +4535320830 E-mail
Else Trangbæk Professor Emeritus +4540442746 E-mail
Georgia Emily Clay PhD Student   E-mail
Glen Nielsen Associate Professor +4535320869 E-mail
Hans Bonde Professor +4535320862 E-mail
Helle Rudolph Jensen Section Secretary +4535334039 E-mail
Helle Winther Associate Professor +4535320806 E-mail
Henriette Folkmann Hansen Research Assistant   E-mail
Katarina Sigurdsdóttir Lamhauge Research Assistant   E-mail
Laila Ottesen Associate Professor +4535321741 E-mail
Lotte Tranekær Nielsen Academic Officer +4535329493 E-mail
Luca Laezza Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Maise Johansen PhD Fellow   E-mail
Malene Hannibal Schubart Student Assistant   E-mail
Marie Birch Overbye Research Consultant +4535329364 E-mail
Marie Caroline Vermund Industrial PhD +4535332121 E-mail
Mette Lindholm Kurtzhals PhD Fellow +4535327681 E-mail
Michelle Skov Blagdon Academic Staff   E-mail
Mikkel Sørensen Teaching Associate Professor +4535320802 E-mail
Reinhard Stelter Professor +4535320866 E-mail
Signe Engdal PhD Fellow +4535336232 E-mail
Signe Rosengreen Holmenlund Academic Officer +4535332593 E-mail
Sigrid Normann Biener PhD Fellow   E-mail
Steen Ingemann Jørgensen PhD Student   E-mail
Stefano De Dominicis Associate Professor +4535326016 E-mail
Ulrik Wagner Associate Professor, Head of Section +4535321511 E-mail