Background and activities
Eikemo’s research is concerned with one of the fundamental questions of life: why do some people live longer and healthier lives than others? The main focus has been to explain differences in mental and physical health, chronic diseases and mortality within and between countries in several regions of the world. In particular, he has examined the contribution of welfare policies, social, economic and material factors, life style factors (such as smoking, alcohol, physical activity and diet), childhood conditions, working conditions, unemployment, housing conditions and health care.
Eikemo has led several European health projects and is currently coordinating the health module of the European Social Survey. Eikemo was awarded the scientific prize for young excellent researchers in the Humanities for 2009 by The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab) and the SINTEF prize for outstanding research in 2010. More recently, he was enrolled into NTNUs Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme (NTNUs Stjerneprogram).
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2014) Work, Health, and Welfare: The Association between Working Conditions, Welfare States, and Self-Reported General Health in Europe. International Journal of Health Services. volum 44 (1).
- (2014) Who knows the risk? A multilevel study of systematic variations in work related safety knowledge in the European workforce. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
- (2014) How Can Inequalities in Mortality Be Reduced? A Quantitative Analysis of 6 Risk Factors in 21 European Populations. PLoS ONE. volum 9 (11).
- (2014) Assessing the potential impact of increased participation in higher education on mortality: Evidence from 21 European populations. Social Science and Medicine. volum 117.
- (2014) A balancing act? Work-life balance, health and well-being in European welfare states. European Journal of Public Health. volum 24 (3).
- (2014) Variations in the relation between education and cause-specific mortality in 19 European populations: A test of the “fundamental causes” theory of social inequalities in health. Social Science and Medicine.
- (2014) Trends in inequalities in premature mortality: a study of 3.2 million deaths in 13 European countries. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
- (2014) The potential for reducing differences in life expectancy between educational groups in five European countries: the effects of obesity, physical inactivity and smoking. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. volum 68 (7).
- (2014) All part of the job? The contribution of the psychosocial and physical work environment to health inequalities in Europe and the European health divide. International Journal of Health Services. volum 44 (2).
- (2014) Occupational Class Inequalities in All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality among Middle-Aged Men in 14 European Populations during the Early 2000s. PLoS ONE. volum 9 (9).
- (2013) Smoking and the potential for reduction of inequalities in mortality in Europe. European Journal of Epidemiology. volum 28 (12).
- (2013) Educational inequalities in general and mental health: differential contribution of physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption and diet. European Journal of Public Health. volum 23 (2).
- (2012) Regional Disparities in Incidence, Handling and Outcomes of Patients with Symptomatic and Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in Norway. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. volum 44 (3).
- (2012) Are there educational differences in the association between self-rated health and mortality in Norway? The HUNT Study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. volum 40 (7).
- (2011) The association between cycling to school and being overweight in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Kristiansand (Norway). Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. volum 21 (1).
- (2010) Welfare state regimes and population health: Integrating the East Asian welfare states. Health Policy. volum 94 (1).
- (2010) Welfare State Regime Life Courses: The Development of Western European Welfare State Regimes and Age-Related Patterns of Educational Inequalities in Self-Reported Health. International Journal of Health Services. volum 40 (3).
- (2010) The European Social Survey (ESS) and comparative health research. Salute e Società.
- (2010) Educational health inequalities in former Yugoslavia: Evidence from the South-East European social survey project. European Journal of Public Health. volum 20 (6).
- (2010) Education and self-reported health care seeking behaviour in European welfare regimes: results from the European Social Survey. International Journal of Public Health. volum 55 (3).