TCD builds on the hypothesis that healthy living and diabetes prevention within socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods are achievable when applying a highly participatory approach that involves the community, its residents and local resources as well as professional practitioners (i.e.  development partners and local community stakeholders) across sectors and professions, and which combines health, social and structural interventions in a coordinated and integrated manner in multiple settings in the local community.

The interdisciplinary research of TCD explore, test and develops this hypothesis during the strategic initiative that is implemented in three interconnected phases; each of which is research-based and has its own distinct focus: 

Phase One: Formation (2014-2019)

... focusing on analysing the context and mobilising partners.

Phase Two: Action (2019-2030)

... focusing on co-analysing, co-creating and co-evaluating action.

Phase Three: Diffusion (2022-2032)

... focusing on determining impact, sustainability and transferability.

Each phase of TCD is driven by a specific set of research questions:

Phase 1. Formation. 

  • What are the contextual risk factors and vulnerabilities concerning type 2 diabetes in Tingbjerg?

  • Who are the relevant local public and private stakeholders?

  • What are the drivers of effective and sustainable intersectoral collaboration and action among professional stakeholders within the local community?

Phase 2. Action. 

  • What local resources and assets (human, technical, material, social, financial) exist in Tingbjerg and what are the proper mechanisms for mobilising these?

  • What local priorities can effectively support and drive community engagement and action to promote healthy living?

  • What are the drivers of residents’ motivation to take part in the social and health development of their local community and to make use of public health and social services?

  • What are the potentials of participation, social support and networking for promoting healthy living in the local community across age, sex, ethnicity and socioeconomic position?

Phase 3. 

  • To what extend do the supersetting principles provide meaningful guidance and how are they adhered to among different stakeholders during the TCD initiative?

  • What are the applicable and valid methods and methodological strategies to document, measure and evaluate outcomes and impacts of TCD as a complex health promotion initiative?

  • What are the social and health impacts of TCD?

  • To what extend can concepts, principles, technologies and methods of the supersetting approach be transferred to other city contexts?

All research is carried out in collaboration with a number of Danish and international research institutions. 

Contact information:

Research manager Paul Bloch: +45 3091 2920


Project coordinator Marie Petri: +45 2117 5091