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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society



Dr Mikkel Kenni Bruun has been carrying out anthropological research on various aspects of mental healthcare since 2012. He is a Research Associate at King's College London where he works on the SAMCOM project, funded by the European Research Council, which investigates forms of surveillance in Germany and Britain. His current research explores the question of health monitoring based on fieldwork in the UK with users of digital technologies, especially self-tracking wearables and smartphone apps that promote fitness and wellbeing.

He previously conducted ethnographic research on the 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) NHS service in England, examining the practice of evidence-based psychotherapy. His earlier and current research projects are thus particularly concerned with issues in public health and with anthropologies of science, psy, and care.

In Cambridge, he teaches ethnographic methods, ethics, digital anthropology, and medical anthropology. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology from Pembroke College, Cambridge, and previously worked in the CIPP Research Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London and Maudsley Hospital.

He is currently working on an edited volume on the Anthropology of Psychology (co-edited with Dr Rebecca Hutten) to be published by Berghahn.



Medical anthropology and anthropology of science; mental health, personhood and care; evidence-based practice; public health and the NHS (IAPT); psychotherapeutics; notions of ‘subjectivity’ and ‘objectivity’; history and philosophy of psychology and cognitive science; anthropological theory. Europe; UK and Scandinavia.

Mikkel Kenni Bruun


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