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. vol. 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. vol. 9 (11).
- (2014) Does the pattern of educational inequalities in smoking in Western Europe depend on the choice of survey?. International Journal of Public Health. vol. 59 (4).
- (2014) Why does Spain have smaller inequalities in mortality? An exploration of potential explanations. European Journal of Public Health. vol. 24 (3).
- (2014) Educational inequalities in mortality by cause of death: first national data for the Netherlands. International Journal of Public Health. vol. 59 (5).
- (2014) Assessing the potential impact of increased participation in higher education on mortality: Evidence from 21 European populations. Social Science and Medicine. vol. 117.
- (2014) Socioeconomic differences in the use of ill-defined causes of death in 16 European countries. BMC Public Health. vol. 14 (1295).
- (2014) A balancing act? Work-life balance, health and well-being in European welfare states. European Journal of Public Health. vol. 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. vol. 69.
- (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. vol. 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. vol. 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. vol. 9 (9).
- (2014) Keeping it in the family: the self-rated health of lone mothers in different European welfare regimes. Sociology of Health and Illnes. vol. 36 (8).
- (2013) Smoking and the potential for reduction of inequalities in mortality in Europe. European Journal of Epidemiology. vol. 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. vol. 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. vol. 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. vol. 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. vol. 21 (1).