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Dr E. (Else) Vogel

Postdoctoral researcher
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research Profile

    Since beginning my doctorate in 2012, I have developed my research at the nexus of Cultural Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies (STS), focusing on values in (human and animal) health care practices. In my work I combine philosophical reflection with empirical study of care practices. Next to advancing theories of valuation, care and biopolitics, my work informs public deliberation on complex health issues.

    In my doctorate I examined care practices targeting obesity as part of the ERC project 'The Eating Body in Western practice and theory' led by Annemarie Mol. I showed that while the dominant approach to obesity emphasizes self-control and bodily discipline, other forms of care differently negotiate diverse values, such as having a healthy body, leading a good life, financial constraints and other practicalities—work that has led to a new theoretical perspective on the ethical and practical considerations of handling a multifaceted health problem. My PhD dissertation was awarded a cum laude distinction and received the Premium Erasmianum Thesis Prize. In my postdoc at the Values group in Linkoping University, led by Steve Woolgar, I continued to study self-care practices, focusing on Dutch rehabilitation centres targeting chronic pain and fatigue – both health conditions that are notoriously neglected in contemporary western medicine.

    During my research on health care practices, I began to wonder how care might be negotiated across different divides and in different contexts. These questions, along with the emerging focus on ecology and multi-species relations in anthropology and STS, have inspired me to develop a new research project on veterinary practices in livestock production. Supported by a Veni grant from the Dutch Research Council, I now examine how in a world caught between the growing demand for meat, pressing ecological challenges, and the rising concern for animal welfare, veterinarians negotiate diverse concerns and contribute to changes in the livestock sector.


  • Teaching activities

    I am (co-)supervising Jeffrey Christensen on the PhD project ‘Becoming accountable to Swedish HIV’ (Linkoping University). In addition to supervising master students, I have experience in teaching philosophy of science and Science and Technology Studies, medical anthropology and methods at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level.

  • Publications







    • Vogel, E. (2019). Veni (NWO) voor onderzoek: De zorg van dierenartsen: het afwegen van verschillende waarden in de veehouderij.
    • Vogel, E. (2018). Dissertatieprijs 2018 Stichting Praemium Erasmianum.

    Media appearance

    • Vogel, E. (22-07-2019). ʻGezondheidszorg voor dieren ingewikkelder dan voor mensenʼ Agraaf. interview.
    • Vogel, E. & Ibáñez Martín, R. (12-03-2019). Minister Bruins verheft opnieuw het heterogezin tot norm: Alleen heterostellen hebben voortaan recht op KID. De argumenten daarvoor zijn beschamend en achterhaald. [Print] Volkskrant. Opinion piece.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Linköping University