Research Unit for Sport and Body Culture


Sport and Body Culture is an interdisciplinary research unit, which includes researchers trained in various fields within the humanities/social sciences. Thus, the research is broadly based on anthropological, philosophical, historical, pedagogical, psychological and sociological theories and methods.

The unit focuses on topics regarding contemporary phenomena of relevance to Danish and international society. The overall purpose is to generate knowledge and expertise within specific areas of contemporary sport and body culture and thus create the basis for producing useful analyses for contemporary diagnoses. Overall, the research unit carries out a unique kind of health research, which is focused on society as a whole.

The research unit Sport and Body Culture operates within the shared “Life in Competition” framework. The framework was chosen on the assumption that societal competition has increased due to globalisation, which affects everyday life and society in a number of ways. The goal of the research unit is thus to produce knowledge of  – and make use of already gained insights into – the terms, conditions and modes of operation within professional sports as a basis for developing new analytical perspectives. The unit thus strives to examine the sports-related, human and societal consequences of the increased competition nationally and internationally. What are the options and consequences of the condition: Life in Competition?

The overall research strategy is to learn from experience gained through sports in order to find new ways to use the stimulating effects of competition without promoting its negative consequences. The transition from amateurism to an increasingly profitable professionalism has increased and stimulated competition in sports over the past 40 years. This has raised standards but also exposed the murkier side of the intensified competition. We aim to study the many-faceted consequences of this within the Life in Competition framework.

Sport and Body Culture has an international focus and currently hosts and manages the International Network for Doping Research, INDR.

Research director

Verner Møller, Professor

International Network for Doping Research