Åsa Engström
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Wide health research becomes important for the future

Published: 10 January 2019

Åsa Engström, Professor of Nursing at Luleå University of Technology, is new scientific leader in the Health Area of Excellence in Research and Innovation. She sees opportunities for conducting health related research at a technical university, and wants to increase cooperation across department boundaries.

– Regardless of which area we study, the human being is incredibly important. How we feel is becoming increasingly important and health can be about so many different things, says Åsa Engström and continues:

– Health can be described as a condition, a process or a kind of result. Achieving health can be seen as a kind of measure of well-being. Health can also be about quality of life. It can be seen as the opposite to illness or be based on a holistic approach. Within this research, all these perspectives are accommodated, says Åsa Engström.

In her role as a scientific leader, she sees the importance of working with how and where the future care and health issues should be conducted. In a world where technology is taking place increasingly, research on the importance of human meetings becomes particularly important.

– For example, we need to study the importance of nature for health and well-being in parallel with studies of the benefits and challenges of digitization. Lifestyle issues and what equal health means in different contexts are some of the current societal challenges that we need to work with, says Åsa Engström.

The Health Area of Excellence in Research and Innovation is under construction, but several new, externally funded projects are already underway.

– I think it will happen a lot in the area in the future. In addition, I hope to be able to start a PhD course in health, preferably in combination with technology and perhaps learning. We have knowledge and research in the area. It would be an opportunity for PhD students from different research areas to study health issues with different perspectives and starting points and to deepen theory to this, concludes Åsa Engström.