Mette Nordahl Svendsen

Mette Nordahl Svendsen is professor of medical anthropology and director of the Master of Public Health Study Program at the University of Copenhagen.

Mette Nordahl Svendsen has for the last 15 years conducted research on the many ways in which biomedical knowledge production and its translation to the clinic are embroiled in existential questions of what it means to be human. She takes a particular interest in how life is understood and administered in the interface between the laboratory, the clinic, and the public. Her research is based on ethnographic fieldworks and draws theoretically on anthropology, sociology, and science and technology studies.

She is currently directing the Semper Ardens research project “Personalized Medicine in the Welfare State (MeInWe). This project explores how strategies of tailoring diagnosis, treatment and prevention to individual genetic variability challenge existing ethical, organizational and regulatory frameworks in medicine.

Mette Nordahl Svendsen holds a MA and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen.