• Krogstræde 3

    9220 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

In this research centre, we will specifically examine grief experiences, but also the cultural setting and conception of happiness and distress within which grief is situated in our time. The focus on grief will lead the way for a wider analysis of the human condition in our culture, and the research on grief will simultaneously gain from the reflection on the embedding of grief in the cultural setting.


The ambition is to establish an internationally leading research environment regarding research on grief concerning all of the most substantial psychological, cultural and clinical aspects of grief.


The ambition is to grasp the many facets of grief, both in order to achieve a thorough comprehension of the phenomenon, but also in terms of being able to take a qualified position of the diagnosis and treatment of grief in order to improve community services to people in grief.


According to WHO, a new diagnosis is expected to be added to the list of diagnoses in 2018,  “prolonged grief disorder”. The implementation of this new diagnostic grief category will provide a unique opportunity for studying the ongoing changes in the human conception on grief specifically, and suffering and happiness more generally. How can the current cultural conception of grief be comprehended? What does it mean to introduce a new diagnosis? How will the conception of grief evolve during the following years?



The research centre is expected to be globally significant in the following three fields:

  • Grief research as such
  • Research on the psychological and sociological influence of psychiatric diagnoses specifically regarding the coming grief diagnosis
  • cultural analysis committed to analyses of types of human suffering, where experiences of suffering (notably grief) is used to open up for a comprehension of the cultural situation as such.

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Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Grief Medicine & Life Sciences
grief Social Sciences
cultural psychology Social Sciences
Emotions Medicine & Life Sciences
psychology Social Sciences
Psychological Theory Medicine & Life Sciences
Interviews Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2022

Research Output 2002 2022

Body and Symbol: Revitalising the Cultural-Organismic Theory of Development

Wagoner, B. & Valsiner, J., 2022, (In preparation) Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The Culture of Nature: Zoos in Society

Wagoner, B., Jensen, E. & Moss, A., 2022, (In preparation) Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

'Clap alomg if you feel like a room without a roof': Understanding the pursuit of happiness as ideology

Petersen, A., 2020, I N. Hill, S. Brinkmann, & A. Petersen (red.), Critical Happiness Studies (s. 35-48). London: Routledge.. Routledge, p. 35-47 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Lucienne Domergue Award

Brady Wagoner (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Other prizes

Seal of Excellence

Brady Wagoner (Recipient) & Floor van Alphen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Other prizes

Activities 2014 2019

Qualitative Psychology (Journal)

Svend Brinkmann (Peer reviewer)
10 Sep 2019

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Learning to grieve

Svend Brinkmann (Lecturer)
19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Anne Emilie Sanders (Participant), Luca Tateo (Participant)
19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Press / Media

Debat: Muligt at skabe dialog

Anders Petersen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Debat: Ungestrategi sætter ny retning

Anders Petersen


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media