Lisanne Claessens

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Lisanne graduated cum laude from the master's program in cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, with a thesis on young drug users and sex workers in a New York City harm reduction clinic learning responsibility. Her current research focuses on young people in Amsterdam, where she follows their trajectory towards 'super health'. Her research interests span healthy lifestyles in urban settings, notions of drug efficacy, mixing and blending, experience-based evidence, natural/synthetic dichotomies, and marketing health.


Lisanne's project aims to understand young people’s aspirations and practices towards ‘super health’ in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam, where organic, low-sugar, low-carb diets and the fit lifestyle have become the rage. The ubiquitous gyms, yoga studios, organic and health stores, juice bars and super foods lining the city’s streets invite urban youths to rethink their concepts of health and to question their daily routines.

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