Jeanett Bjønness


Jeanett Bjønness, Ph.D., currently assistant professor at Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, is an anthropologist from the Dept. for Anthropology and Ethnography, Aarhus University. Her research has focused on prostitution, drugs, social work, social policy, victimization, agency, gender, class and the relation between marginalized women and the social system. Presently her research explores non-medical use of prescription drugs in the Danish educational system, in relation to well-being and risk. Furthermore, she is interested in the possible methodological and ethical dilemmas inherent in researching politicized and morally loaded fields as prostitution, drug- and medicine use and more generally the area of social marginalization. Email Jeannet:

Ask Vest Christiansen, Ph.D:

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Ask Vest Christiansen, Ph.D., is associate professor and head of Section for Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark. He has researched the use of drugs among elite as well as recreational athletes, and published widely on these subjects in books and journal articles. He is a regular contributor to media discussions about drug use and has delivered many public lectures on the subject. He is the co-manager of the International Network of Doping Research (INDR).

You can find him on Twitter: @AskVest, Academia:, and LinkedIn.

Pia Johansson Heinsvig

Pia Johansson Heinsvig is a PhD student at the Department of Forensic Medicine at Aarhus University, Denmark. The title of her PhD project is ‘Doping agents in Denmark’ and aims to give an overview of the Danish doping market from a forensic point of view. First, seized anabolic-androgenic steroids are analysed and the content for each seizure will be identified in order to determine whether the products originate from an original or a counterfeit production. Then a combined urine and wastewater method targeting doping agents (focusing on steroids), selected medicine and narcotics will be developed. The method will be used to analyse urine samples obtained from a one-year clinical forensic examination of victims and offenders from police cases in Denmark and possible trends of doping use for each type of crime will be mapped. Finally, the method will also be used to analyse wastewater from selected point sources (fitness centres, sports events, etc.) to see whether this type of approach would be possible to implement in future anti-doping monitoring. Furthermore, Pia has developed and validated an analytical method to compare seizures of oil-based anabolic-androgenic steroids during her Master thesis project. This type of information can be used to assist the police in order to unravel the illicit doping market. Email Pia:

You can also follow her work on LinkedIn.

Lea Trier Krøll


Lea Trier Krøll is a PhD fellow at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her PhD project ‘Everyday Life’s Medicine’ draws on sociological theories of time and examines in-depth qualitative interviews with Danish young adults, enrolled in University or College,  who have used prescription drugs for purposes other than those prescribed. She is particularly interested in examining the ways in which students employ prescription medicines to handle temporal conflicts in their everyday lives. E-mail Lea Trier:

Dimitris Liokaftos

Dimitris Liokaftos

Dimitris Liokaftos is a Marie Curie Fellow investigating drug-free (‘natural’) bodybuilding culture at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, and Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. Working across the sociology of the body, health, sport and gender, he approaches pro-enhancement and anti-enhancement cultures in their dialectical relationship as co-constitutive of the wider phenomenon of human enhancement. In his book A Genealogy of Male Bodybuilding: from classical to freaky (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society, 2017), the extreme, ‘freaky’ built body and its history can be read as a case study in the socio-cultural dynamics of human enhancement drugs. Dimitris has co-authored with Ask Vest Christiansen and Anders Schmidt Vinther an “Outline of a typology of men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids in fitness and strength-training environments” (Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy Journal, 2016). He also co-organised with Jim McVeigh the Anabolic Steroids: Evidence and Engagement international conference (Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016) with the participation of researchers, health workers, users and policy makers. In the past Dimitris has worked as an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he also completed his doctoral research on the historical development of male bodybuilding culture. Email Dimitris:

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Verner Møller:

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Verner Møller is Professor of Sport and Body Culture at Department of Public Health – Section for Sport Science, Aarhus University, Denmark -, where he is head of the Sport and Body Culture research unit. He is founder of the International Network of Doping Research which he led from 2002-12. From 2009-2013 he was Visiting Professor at George Mason University, USA. He research focuses on elite sport and body cultural extremes. Since 1998 he has devoted much of his research time to the study doping and anti-doping. Email Verner:

Margit Anne Petersen

Margit Anne Petersen

Margit Anne Petersen is an anthropologist with a research focus on substance use as a technology of optimization. Her doctoral research focused on cognitive enhancement practices among university students in New York City and Copenhagen, with a particular focus on the moral dilemmas that arise with such drug use. She currently holds a post doc position at the Department of Marketing and Management at The University of Southern Denmark, where she is part of a collaborative research project called ‘The Self as a Laboratory’, investigating optimization practices based on substances, spirituality and technology. The project is funded by the Danish National Research Council. Email Margit:

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Anders Schmidt Vinther:


Anders Schmidt Vinther (MSc in Sport Science) is a PhD student at Department of Public Health at Aarhus University. His project Drug Use and Prevention in Gyms seeks to understand how anabolic steroid use in gyms can be prevented, to what degree it’s possible, and to identify the key barriers in this regard. He has previously been in charge of a Government funded doping prevention programme in one of Denmark’s largest municipalities (the first of its kind in Denmark), and he has several years of practical experience with tobacco, alcohol and drug policy and prevention. With many years of engagement in bodybuilding and power lifting environments, he has an academic as well as a personal interest in the topic of human enhancement.


You can also find him on Twitter, Academia, and LinkedIn.

Thomas Søbirk Petersen:

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Thomas Søbirk Petersen, PhD, is a Professor with special responsibilities in Applied Philosophy at Roskilde University. His primary research areas are bioethics and criminal justice ethics. He has co-edited the anthology New Ways in Applied Ethics (Palgrave, 2007) and  and he has authored and co-authored numerous articles in various peer-reviewed journals including Bioethics, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Medical Ethics, Theoria, Res Publica, Neuroethics and Journal of Happiness Studies. His most recent book Why Criminalize? New Perspectives on Normative Principles of Criminalization (Springer, 2020) offers a critical analysis of central principles of criminalization. He is the leader of the International Network for Neuroethics (INNEET) funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

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