Field of work
Community work is a planned process to mobilise communities to use their own resources and social structures to achieve their own objectives. Participation is key in community work. Principles from community work are also used to ensure citizen and user participation in product and service development.
Rita Agdal explores conditions for increased participation in development and innovation processes. Her current research is focused on strength-based approaches like Asset Based Community Development in health promotion and in production of services and programs. Several projects focus on mental health and addiction.
Agdal holds a PhD from the Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark and a Cand.polit.in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen.