Tine Friis

Tine Friis


I am a postdoctoral researcher at Medical Museion, a section at the Department of Public Health, and the 4th research programme at the NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, “Cardiometabolic Research in Society and Culture.” My position involves research, teaching, and museum work.

I am particularly interested in emerging biomedical technologies and research fields, their perceived promissory potentials, and their possible implications for how people understand their bodies, selves, and health. My research interests also evolve around how museum and exhibition practices can facilitate encounters between publics, research participants, and research findings, while also addressing issues of care and ethics in such encounters. I primarily use qualitative methods.

My current project investigates how participants in clinical trials imagine the future of stem cell research, focusing on the brain and treatments Parkinson’s disease. A key interest of the project is to understand how imaginaries change over time and shape participants’ relationships with their bodies and medical regimes. This project is part of the research group PREPARE, a theme at the NNF Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW).

My doctoral project (defended in 2023) explored the emerging field of microbiome research through personal experiences of how gut and psyche connect. The project also explored the language used to depict promissory potentials of microbiome research. The project is part of the research project Microbes on the Mind, funded by the Velux Foundation.

Research interests

  • Subjectivity, health and society
  • Social studies of science and technology (STS) and feminist science studies
  • Socio-cultural, critical and feminist psychologies, particularly 'collective memory-work' as developed by Haug and colleagues
  • Medical humanities
  • Qualitative research practices, methodologies and ethics, among others in relation to museum and exhibition practice

Teaching and supervision

I teach at the course Qualitative methods on the third semester of the BA in Public Health, University of Copenhagen. I also teach at the PhD course Creative Techniques for Thesis Writing at Medical Museion. My supervision expertise broadly lies in the areas of qualitative methods, patient perspectives, notions of the body, self, and health, as well as communication of biomedical research etc. Read more about supervision opportunies related to my research here.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Making voices: Curating encounters with personal experiences in an exhibition space

    Friis, Tine & Whiteley, Louise, 2024, Ethical and methodological dilemmas in social science interventions: Careful engagements in healthcare, museums, design and beyond. N. C. M. N. (ed.). 1 ed. Springer, Social Science, p. 271-286 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Recasting ethical dilemmas in participatory research as a collective matter of ‘response-ability’

    Friis, Tine, 2021, In: STS Encounters - DASTS working paper series. 12, 1, p. 89-124

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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