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.

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:

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Anders Schmidt Vinther is currently employed at Department of Health and Culture, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark. He is the project leader of Aalborg Anti-doping, a local community-based project that seeks to prevent the use of doping substances, especially steroids and image-enhancing drugs, among young men and women in the municipality. He holds a MS in Sports Science from Section for Sports Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. With many years of engagement with and experience from strength training environments, especially bodybuilding and powerlifting, he has an academic as well as a personal interest in the topic of human enhancement. Email Anders:

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