Sports Scholar Profile | Ask Vest Christiansen, Aarhus University

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  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Section for Sport Science, Aarhus University, DK
  • Head of Section for Sport Science, Aarhus University, DK
  • Co-manager of The International Network for Doping Research, INDR,


  • Section for Sport Science, Dalgas Avenue 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C.
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Research  interest

  • Elite sport, drug use, doping, sport ethics
  • Use of image and performance enhancing drugs, body image, body ethics
  • Cheating in high competition environments – Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Questionable Research Practice (QRP), Research Misconduct (RM)

Ongoing research

  • More muscles and better sex – an investigation into the use og anabolic steroids in the fitness environment / Større muskler og mere sex – en undersøgelse af brugen af steroider i fitnessmiljøerne

Selected publications

Christiansen, A. V., Vinther, A. S. & Liokaftos, D. 2017. Outline of a typology of men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids in fitness and strength training environments. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24, 295-305. DOI:
Christiansen, A. V., & Møller, R. B. (2016). Who is more skilful? Doping and its implication on the validity, morality and significance of the sporting test. Performance Enhancement & Health, 4(3-4), 123-129. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.peh.2016.04.002
Christiansen, A. V. (2016). Something to die for: Rebutting the Mirkin & Goldman dilemma The Sports Integrity Initiative.
Christiansen, A. V. (2015). Drug Use in Gyms. I V. Møller, I. Waddington, & J. M. Hoberman (red.), Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Sport (Kapitel 33, s. 421-438). Abingdon, Oxon, UK / New York: Routledge. (Routledge International Handbooks).
Christiansen, A. V., & Gleaves, J. (2014). What do the humanities (really) know about doping? Questions, answers and cross-disciplinary strategies. Performance Enhancement & Health, 2(4), 216-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2014.06.002
Waddington, I., Christiansen, A. V., Møller, V., Gleaves, J., & Hoberman, J. (2013). Recreational drug use and sport: Time for a WADA rethink? Performance Enhancement & Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2013.04.003
Christiansen, A. V., & Hjørngaard, M. W. (2013). “You can’t buy something you aren’t”: – On fixing results in cycling. FairPlay: Revista de Filosofia, Etica y Derecho del Deporte, 1(2), 64-84.
Christiansen, A. V., & Bojsen-Møller, J. (2012). “Will steroids kill me if I use them once?” A qualitative analysis of inquiries submitted to the Danish anti-doping authorities. Performance Enhancement & Health, 1(1), 39-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2012.05.002
Christiansen, A. V. (2011). Bodily Violations – testing citizens training recreationally in gyms. In M. McNamee, & V. Møller (Eds.), Doping and Anti-Doping Policy in Sport: Ethical, legal and social perspectives. (Vol. 3, pp. 126-141). Chapter 8.London: Taylor & Francis.
Christiansen, A. V. (2010). “We are not sportsmen, we are professionals”: Professionalism, doping and deviance in elite sport. International Journal of Sports Management and Marketing, 7(1-2), 91-103.
Christiansen, A. V., & Møller, V. (2007). Mål, medicin og moral: – om eliteatleters opfattelse af sport, doping og fairplay. (1 ed.) Danmark: Syddansk Universitetsforlag.
Christiansen, A. V. (2005). Ikke for pengenes skyld: – Et indblik i moderne cykelsport. (1. ed.) Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag.



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