Professor, ThD Niels Christian Hvidt, born 1969, is a Danish theologian and humanistic health researcher. Since 2006 (50% from March ’13 to December ‘14) he has worked at the Institute of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, where he lives with his family.
Concurrently, he worked as full Professor in the Chair for Spiritual Care(50%) at the Ludwig Maxmilian Universität at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Palliative Care from March 2013 to December 2014.
From August 2012 to March 2014 he was an External Research Fellow at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in the context of an Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) with colleagues Prof. Dr. Klaus Baumann and Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing (see IRG Rrofile).
He has co-initiated the Network for Research in Spirituality and Health (www.nersh.org from June ‘13) after in 2007 having initiated and since coordinated the Scandinavian Network for Research in Faith and Health. He collaborates on various Danish and international research projects on the relation of spirituality and health.
Hvidt graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1997, where he obtained the University Gold Medal for a Prize Dissertation he wrote on Christian Prophecy. In 2001 he defended his doctoral thesis in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he taught until 2004. In 2002 he received a research scholarship from H. Lundbeck on the relationship between faith and health, which brought him as a visiting fellow on to Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, The Danish Cancer Society, and The University of Notre Dame. His doctoral thesis was published upon further work with Oxford University Press in 2007 as Christian Prophecy – The Post-Biblical Tradition, prefaced by Pope Benedict XVI.
Hvidt has worked as editor, special editor and reviewer on various journals and as project reviewer for various research foundations. He holds frequent conferences and contributes to Danish and international electronic and print media.