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Anja Marie Bornø Jensen

Anja Marie Bornø Jensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Qualitative methods and research ethics. Medical anthropology and medical technology. Organ donation and organ transplantation. Science and Technology Studies. Perceptions of the body and death, as well as the problems surrounding the brain death criteria. Sense-making strategies, grieving processes, hope, heroism, identity, narratives, gift exchange, commodification and kinship and relatedness.

Current research


In 2018 I am part of Mette Nordahl Svendsens LifeWorth project. I investigate the negotiations of the value of life between species focusing on the use of the pig as a model and a resource in experimental transplant research. I am also a member of the POLICYAID project (PI Klaus Høyer) looking into data sourcing in organ transplantation.

I have a research project on no to organ donation funded by the Danish Heart Foundation. The project focuses on families who refused to donate, reasons for refusing to donate the heart, and on the doctors and nurses working with donation conversations.

My main research interest is organ donation and transplantation. September 2011 I defended my Ph.D. dissertation on organ donor families in Denmark. I love communcating my research and participate in Danish media debates on transplantion and as teacher and lecturer in Scendinavian transplantation contexts


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Orchestrating an Exceptional Death: Donor Family Experiences and Organ Donation in Denmark

    Jensen, A. M. B., 22 Sep 2011, Kbh.: Institut for Antropologi. (Ph.D. Series; No. 69).

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

  2. Published

    Searching for Meaningful Aftermaths: Donor Family Experiences and Expressions in New York and Denmark

    Jensen, A. M. B., 1 Sep 2011, In : Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies. 8, 1, p. 129-148 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    A Sense of Absence: The Staging of Heroic Deaths and Ongoing Lives among American Organ Donor Families

    Jensen, A. M. B., 2010, An Anthropology of Absence: Materialisations of Transcendence and Loss. Hastrup, F., Bille, M. & Flohr Sørensen, T. (eds.). London: Springer Publishing Company, p. 63-81

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  4. Published

    Transgressive ethics: Professional work ethics as a perspective on 'aggressive organ harvesting'

    Hoeyer, K. & Jensen, A. M. B., 2013, In : Social Studies of Science. 43/4, DOI: 10.1177/0306312712460341, p. 598-618 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Transplantation as an abstract good: practising deliberate ignorance in deceased organ donation in Denmark

    Hoeyer, K., Jensen, A. M. B. & Olejaz, M., May 2015, In : Sociology of Health and Illness. 37, 4, p. 578-593 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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