Track 2: Co-production of recovery in mental health care

When people experience mental illness, they engage in processes of recovery where they try to find new ways to live satisfying, hopeful and productive lives. The recovery process often involves participation in various caring arrangements with relatives and professionals. Thus, recovery is cultivated through interactions and collaborations with others rather than individually in social isolation. In track 2, we study how people with mental illness co-produce recovery in collaboration with peers, relatives and professionals from the mental health care services.

Research questions:

  • How is recovery co-produced in cross-sectoral caring arrangements?
  • How is the process and outcomes of the co-production experienced by patients, relatives and professionals?
  • What are the potentials and challenges of co-producing recovery in mental health care?


  • Ethnographic: Extensive ethnographic fieldwork is carried out in groups consisting of patients, peers and professionals that aim to co-produce recovery. The fieldwork is organized and carried out by Sine Kirkegaard and Ditte Andersen. Note: data collection is still ongoing.
  • Qualitative interviews: We interview participants that have first-hand experiences with mental illness, relatives experiencing mental illness or work professionally in mental health care. Interviews are conducted by Sine Kirkegaard and Ditte Andersen. Note: data collection is still ongoing.


May 2023, publication:

Andersen, Waldemar & Kirkegaard (2023)
Recovery college dropout: A qualitative study of external, relational and course‐related dropout drivers in co‐produced mental health care.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 

September 2021, paper presentation:

Kirkegaard, Sine (2021)
“Experiential knowledge in mental health care: analysing the enactment of mutuality and authenticity in peer support”

Working paper presented at the European Sociological Association Conference 2021,

Sine Kirkegaard, Ditte Andersen:
Peer workers as emotion managers: Tight and loose enactment of mutuality in mental health care,
SSM - Qualitative Research in Health,
Volume 2,
ISSN 2667-3215,


The research project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, Principal Investigator: Ditte Andersen (Grant number: 9038-00038B)



Research project initiated in 2020

Planned continuation until 2024