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).