Health, Implementation and Innovation
This cluster studies health as a social and cultural phenomenon at the macro, meso and micro level. This means we are both make research in health and sports policy in how different organizations and institutions working with health and sport, as well as how health interventions with sport / exercise is designed and implemented in everyday life contexts: work place, family, sports clubs, health centres, schools, residential and recreational areas as well in rural areas as in the city.
The cluster's research on health is both fundamental research with a critical starting point (sociology of health) relates to existing health discourses and applied research (sociology for health), which in collaboration with external stakeholders researches in health promotion.
The research has two main tracks
In this track research is based on the broad concept of health, where health is a whole of the body’s physical, mental and social life, in the healthy life for all age and social groups. It explores how existing and new health interventions with sport / exercise are designed, planned, carried out and how the meeting between the citizens and the health system unfolds.
A growing elderly population requires high cost of treatment and care, while social inequality in health increases as the lower social classes are much more exposed to disease and lifestyle problems partly due to lack of exercise. This requires a new insight into the barriers and opportunities specific population and age groups experience when interventions intend to create lifestyle changes.
In this track research is in the changes in the cultural landscape of sport and the many innovative initiatives undertaken to promote the movement and activity of all population and age groups for the purpose of health promotion.
Sports participation has become much more diverse, and the organization of sports has changed, so that more actors have come into the state, market and civil society. This theme focuses on how the traditional sports providers in these years to implement new training cultures that prioritize the importance of community and joy of movement in sport, rather than competition and tournament structure and thus challenge sportifization of leisure sport.
This track also examined the correlation between urbanization processes and the city as a space for movement, such as the modern cosmopolitan marathon.