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Åsa Roxberg

Åsa Roxberg

Senior Professor


Staff member at Section for nursing - graduate level.

Research area

Conducts research in medical and health sciences, nursing sciences, health promotion processes and factors.

Research interest

Since the completion of her thesis Åsa Roxbergs research has focused on the meaning of suffering and the relief of suffering during and in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Åsa Roxberg is the leader for this project, which study the phenomenon from different perspectives as well as a newly (2017) established network, “The health of space and place” focusing for example on residential architecture, public health, intensive care room and ontological aspects of health related to space and place. Åsa Roxberg was also engaged in the so called SAMMI project, concerning patients with CHD and their existing social network and need for social support, with a focus on marital and sexual life. Further, she is engaged in a “Dignity group”, a network collaboration which represents Norway (base), England and Sweden as well as a Norwegian network, Omsorgens grunnlag fenomen och villkor. Åsa Roxberg is also part of a research group which focus on existential issues, so called “eksistensforskargruppe” at VID University, Bergen (and Oslo). The group members represent the Nordic countries and England. She is also a member of to the EPICC network focusing on spiritual care. 


Åsa Roxberg, RN, RNT, Mc, PhD in caring science. She holds the position of professor since 1st January 2018 (Halmstad University) but is no affiliated as professor at University West, Trollhättan. Former positions have been Programme Coordinator for Nursing study programme, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden.  Since 2008 she has also held the postion of første amanuensis (ass.professor) at VID University College in Bergen and since 2019 as professor at the same Univeristy. Åsa Roxberg has also been assistant professor at Mälardalen University. Åsa Roxberg has completed several doctoral courses in Caring Science, the philosophy of phenomenology and hermeneutics and ethics. She is well acquainted with qualitative research methodology, but has also been involved in quantitative research. She has also completed a course in supervising PhD students and how to teach in English.

At present the scientific portfolio includes the thesis, “Caring and non caring consolation” and a number of peer-reviewed manuscripts published in range of International Journals, for example Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (fourth name), Journal of Religion & Health, Journal of Palliative Nursing, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Journal of Crosscultural Gerontology, Journal of Aging Research and Radiography.  Roxberg is editor of the anniversary book, “Vårdvetenskapliga vägskäl” (2008), School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University as well as contributing to an anthology about Concepts of Caring Science (2012, 2017). Roxberg’s contribution is a chapter about consolation. She is also the author of a chapter in Stories of Dignity within Healthcare: Research, narratives and theories (2016). M&K Publishing, Keswick, England.

Her portfolio  includes supervision for master degree (two students have concluded their master) as well as being examinator for three international master thesis. One of her Phd student completed her doctoral theis in December 2012 and the Norweigan Phd student completed her doctoral thesis at Bergen University 2015 and recently Halmstad University (principal supervisor) 2018. Åsa Roxberg has also been principal supervisor for a doctoral student at Linneus University who defended his thesis 25th May 2018. Roxberg has been a member of the internal reviewer group for doctoral thesis manuscripts on four occasions as well as on four occasions for licentiate degree manuscripts, all at School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University. She is also elected member of examining committee at public defense of PhD dissertation, 20120127 and 20120413 and the examiner of two thesis at Linnaeus University. She was also deputy member of the examining committee at public defense of PhD dissertation, 20190614, at University West. Åsa Roxberg was also assigned peer reviewer for nine applications to a Phd positon at Halmstad University. She was also the elected moderator of public defense of a thesis (2013) at Linnaeus University.

In 2013 (September-October) and 2015 (October) Åsa Roxberg was teaching at Rangsit University Bangkok, as part of the Linneus Palme project, as well as supervising her former doctoral student in Udani Thani province (2013) and Chang mai province (2015) in the northern part of Thailand were she also presented a paper at an international conference. Åsa Roxberg also held a presentation at  “Den nordiske velferdsstats tause omsorgsfelt”, held 8th and 9th  November 2016 in Bergen, Norway. Her most recent oral presentations was in Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland 20-21st June-2018 at the 4th International conference of Spirituality in Healthcare and Existential health and the Digital space and place at a conference in Bergen, 15-16th May 2019. The conference was arranged by the network “Omsorgens grunnlag, Fenomener og villkår” and the theme was “Critical Perspectives on Person, Care and Aging».

Åsa Roxberg was also the first opponent on the public defence of Anne Lise Holm’s doctoral thesis, August 28th 2009, Stavanger University, Norway.

Further, Åsa Roxberg has been the editor of the licentiate and other scientific publications at Linnaeus University, the Department of Health and Caring Sciences. She is also the selected guest editor 2019 for the International Journal of Qualitative Health and Wellbeing.

  • PhD in Caring Sciences, Åbo Academy, 8 April 2005.
  • Master of Science (one year), Lund University, 1999.
  • Registered Nurse Teacher, Lund University, 1984.
  • Registered Nurse, Lund, 1974.


Roxberg Å., Tryselius K., Gren M., Lindahl B., Werkander Harstäde C., Silverglow A., Nolbeck K., James F., Carlsson I-M, Olausson S., Nordin S., Wijk H. (2020) Space and Place for Health (Discussionpaper). International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. Accepted for publication 24th March 2020, doi 10.1080/17482631.2020.1750263