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Services

MANTRA offers you access to individual project designs and hand-picked professional
anthropologists with profiles that are tailored to suit the needs of your organisation.

 

 

 

Commissioned collaboration projects

MANTRA can provide feedback, consulting and assistance in relation to various forms of research and development tasks, including user studies (UX studies), evaluations and organisational analyses.

MANTRA is always happy to discuss task performance with its clients, and to sign a contract covering content, timetables and rights. Johanne Korsdal Sørensen is MANTRA’s project manager. Professional anthropologists and paid anthropology student workers are included to the necessary extent. Our researchers at the Department of Anthropology can also give you feedback when required.

Our activities comply with Aarhus University’s rules about income-generating activities, and the projects involved are financed by the company or organisation that commissions us to take part.

Scalability – anthropological analyses

The theoretical and methodical approach used by anthropologists enables us to carry out valuable long-term or short-term studies. An anthropological study can last from a few hours to days, weeks, months and even years. MANTRA can also scale projects by intensifying the efforts invested, taking on extra help for short periods of time when necessary. For example, MANTRA can assign ten anthropologists to a project for a period of two months in order to generate a strong body of data in a short space of time. In other words, anthropological studies are scalable. The duration of a study can be adapted to suit the needs of your organisation and the nature of the project in question. 

Co-financed research

The research at the Department of Anthropology encompasses a wide range of themes which we want to develop in collaboration with external partners in order to add new themes and perspectives to our work on an ongoing basis. In other words, we can collaborate with many different types of public and private organisation in a wide range of different project types. Like commissioned projects, co-financed research involves close dialogue with our partners. A contract is always signed defining the content, timetable and rights. Johanne Korsdal Sørensen is MANTRA’s project manager. Professional anthropologists and paid anthropology student workers are included to the necessary extent. Our researchers at the Department of Anthropology can also give you feedback when required.

Courses and lectures

We offer the following courses and lectures:

  • Thick Data – Anthropological Studies
  • Anthropological Method – An Overview
  • User Studies and Product Development
  • Amazing Stories of Anthropological Analysis and Anthropology in the Field

Are you interested?

We are always happy to design tailor-made solutions for individual clients. Please send a brief description of the task in question to: Johanne Korsdal Sørensen.

She is responsible for MANTRA, as well as being the project manager for most of our collaboration projects. She is an anthropologist from Aarhus University and has a PhD in sociology from the University of Copenhagen. She has been involved in project management for public and private organisations for many years, including experience of health-IT development projects (across different sectors and in close collaboration between public and private players). Johanne also has a great deal of research experience, qualifying as an associate professor in 2017. 

User studies such as those described above in connection with exhibitions at museums or elsewhere.
Photography: Leonie Paschke