Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo

Lourdes Cantarero Arevalo


I am a social scientist and a public health professional working for the WHO Collaborating Centre in the Patient Perspective on Medicine use (Social and Clinical Pharmacy Research Group).  

In 2013 I received my PhD in Health Sciences from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. I also hold a Master in International Cooperation for Development from Complutense University, Madrid and a Post-graduate in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Prior to join academia, I worked for 10 years for the European Commission (EuropeAid) in South America, Africa and Asia, and for the World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe in projects focused on improving maternal, children and adolescent health.

With my current research, I focus on listening to adolescents voices and their perceptions of mental health and well-being. I am specially interested in the role that narratives ethics play in constructing meaning and developing copying mechanisms. I am currently studying the Resonance Theory (Rosa 2016), Burnout Society (Han 2017) and the Theory of Self-connection (Klussman 2020) to inform my research inquiries.  

Aktuel forskning

Selected research projects I am currently working on:

THRIVE (Teenage mental Health Research Inquiries Via E-communties):

  • Thrive 1: Dialogical research and adolescents living with affective disorders
  • Thrive 2: Narrative ethics and young women living with anxiety
  • Thrive 3: Coping mechanisims among young people living with depression

Primære forskningsområder

  • Adolescents narratives of mental distress via dialogical research 
  • Meaning, purpose and sense making when living with mental conditions and complex medicines regimes among adolescents and young people
  • Ethical dilemmas linked to treatment for mental conditions among adolescents and young adults

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder


- Pharmaceutical Policy, Economics and Ethics course. Course responsible and teacher of the Ethics section. 

- Transparency and Trustworthiness in Drug Development - The ethics of Drug Regulation: Teacher

- Contemporary Social Pharmacy - an innovation-based course: Course responsible

Contemporary Social Pharmacy - an innovation-based course

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