Amy Clotworthy

Amy Clotworthy

Assistant professor

I have a Ph.D. in Ethnology and a Master’s degree (cand.mag.) in Applied Cultural Analysis, both from the University of Copenhagen. In my position at the Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), my research focuses on how health and social policies targeting older people influence the sociocultural dynamics of later life. I specialise in qualitative studies of health systems, medical education, and professional practices, and I am interested in elucidating how public-health policies, programmes, and initiatives affect both health professionals and older people in their everyday lives.

I have particular expertise in analysing the encounters between health professionals and older people in a municipal context in order to describe how the Danish welfare state's political goals and health policies affect the provision of healthcare services for older people in their own homes.

With an emphasis on health practices and people's experiences of health and ageing, my research also investigates how the Danish healthcare sector, hospitals, and municipal authorities can improve professional practices by recognising the complexity of older people’s life histories as well as the individual needs and priorities they express in their personal narratives.

I have extensive experience with the design and implementation of ethnographic fieldwork projects, mixed-methods studies, and analyses focusing on people’s experiences of ageing in relation to national and municipal social, health, and eldercare policies, particularly home-based health initiatives such as 'reablement' programmes.

I am currently coordinating the research project, ‘Standing together – at a distance: how Danes are living with the corona crisis’, which is based at the Department of Public Health. This interdisciplinary project is documenting mental health in Denmark during the COVID-19 pandemic through a series of timed online surveys and qualitative interviews with specific population groups.

As coordinator, I am responsible for organising the project’s daily operations and coordinating work tasks related to analysing data from both the surveys and interviews as well as scientific communication and public outreach via the project’s website ( I have also been  involved in public-outreach activities; e.g., writing scientific articles and analyses; building the project’s website; being interviewed by the Danish media; publishing debate articles in the Danish press; and contributing to international blog posts.

I am also co-editor of Anthropology & Aging, the official academic journal of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE). In this position, I am responsible for developing the journal’s editorial mission as well as reviewing all submitted manuscripts to determine the journal’s content. My co-editor and I manage a volunteer staff of four who collectively edit and publish two (soon three) issues per year; these include original peer-reviewed research articles as well as book reviews, debates, expert interviews, and visual work.

I have strong interdisciplinary and international networks from my longstanding collaborations with the Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and the World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe. I am also associated with the research project “Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Address the Societal Challenge of Ageing”, and an active member of several professional associations, research groups, and academic networks both in Denmark and in international contexts.

Originally from the US, where I worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., before developing a career in publishing and corporate communications, I have lived in Denmark since 2008.

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