1st Edition

Sustainable Health and the Covid-19 Crisis Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    250 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection offers interdisciplinary perspectives on some of the key health challenges faced by individuals, communities, and governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking the Danish context as a starting point, it extrapolates to discuss the international relevance of a range of issues.

    The book contains 4 parts:

    • Part 1 looks at the societal reactions to COVID-19, discussing issues around health communication, legitimacy, ethics, and bio-politics
    • Part 2 approaches the health and well-being of specific groups during the crisis
    • Part 3 assesses how the crisis stimulated sustainable solutions to key problems, from digital methods for delivery of healthcare, to changes to the food supply chain
    • Part 4 looks broadly at how historical developments in the study of epidemiology and current scientific perspectives enable the understanding and, to some extent, management of the COVID-19 pandemic

    With contributions from scholars across the social sciences, health sciences, and humanities, each chapter provides not only insight into a particular issue, but also the theories and scientific methods applied to understand and overcome the COVID-19 crisis. It will be important reading for both scholars and policy makers, informing an appropriate response to future health crises.

    Chapter 1 Introductory thoughts on exploring the COVID-19 crisis through interdisciplinary lenses

    Nicole Thualagant

    Troels Mønsted

    Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen

    Chapter 2 Face masks in the Danish COVID-19 context: A representative of the crisis and communication strategies

    Pernille Almlund

    Chapter 3 Pastoral manifestations of legitimacy in a welfare state in crisis

    Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen

    Nicole Thualagant

    Chapter 4 Common ethical principles and biopolitics in times of COVID-19

    Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

    Chapter 5 The inclusive potentials of extraordinary life: Young disabled lives in pandemic times

    Isabella Vagtholm

    Hanne Warming

    Emil Falster

    Chapter 6 Ageing abjection from a COVID-19 crisis perspective

    Anne Leonora Blaakilde

    Karen Christensen

    Anne Liveng

    Chapter 7 Challenges to relationship intimacy during COVID-19: LATT (living apart together transnationally couples)

    Rashmi Singla

    Aruna Jha

    Christina Naike Runciman

    Chapter 8 COVID-19: A disruption of interprofessional collaboration in health care

    Sine Lehn

    Chapter 9 Digital vigilance: Learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic

    Christopher H. Gyldenkærne

    Christine F. Bech

    Aisha Malik

    Troels Mønsted

    Jesper Simonsen

    Chapter 10 COVID-19 in the meat industry: Health and sustainable development in the food sector?

    Erling Jelsøe

    Chapter 11 The COVID-19 lockdown and pathways for sustainable transition

    Jesper Holm

    Chapter 12 Framing the roots of critical COVID-19 public health concepts: Intersecting history and epidemiology

    Maarten van Wijhe

    Søren Poder

    Andreas Thomas Eilersen

    Lone Simonsen

    Chapter 13 The gut feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Hengameh Chloé Mirsepasi-Lauridsen

    Camilla Adler Sørensen

    Jesper Thorvald Troelsen

    Karen Angeliki Krogfelt


    Deborah Lupton



    Nicole Thualagant is an associate professor and head of Study in Critical Health Studies at the University of Roskilde. She is also a member of the scientific committee in the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network meeting twice a year at WHO in Copenhagen. As a sociologist, her interest is in health policies, more especially how health policies interfere with more intimate spheres of social life in contemporary welfare societies.

    Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen is a lecturer in nursing at the Research & Development Unit at University College Absalon, Denmark. He is the former chairperson of the Nordic Sociological Association (2016–2018). He makes use of different methodological approaches, and he teaches research design and mixed methods. His interest is in sociology of health and his main areas of research are moral and ethical distress and psychosocial working environment among health professionals.

    Troels Sune Mønsted is an associate professor in digitalization of healthcare at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. He is a member of the board of the Danish Society for Digital Health and is affiliated to the HISP Centre (Health Information Systems Program), Oslo. In his research, he combines qualitative methods and action research in investigating design and use of patient-centred technologies and information infrastructures in healthcare.

    "Insisting that we approach COVID-19 as a real-world problem, authors explore how ideas and practices of intimacy, sustainability and science were both affected by and shaped through the pandemic. In doing so, this volume strengthens the case for inter-disciplinarity as crucial in the tackling of global crises."

    - Professor Ayo Wahlberg, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark