Background and activities

Eikemo is researching social inequality and health across the life-course and through generations related to mental health and well-being, chronic conditions, and mortality worldwide. Embedded in sociology, his work combines research fields (from sociology and social policy to epidemiology, neuroscience, medicine, and technology), sectors (academia, civil society, national authorities, the European Commission, the UN and WHO), activities (from the establishment of new data infrastructure and theory development to explanatory and causal analyzes and interventions), and methodologies (quantitative, qualitiative and mixed methods).

In terms of the mechanisms that provide long lives in good health, Eikemo's research has had a broad focus: from environmental factors, climate change, pandemic, technology, vaccine nationalism, welfare policy, and health systems to migration, education, work environment, cancer screening, health care use, smoking, alcohol, physical activity and diet.

Good health and well-being is a human right, and health equity is a matter of social justice. The aim of the research is to contribute to political and social change, by improving people's living conditions, reducing social inequality and improve health for all social groups. A key focus has been on education and child mortality. Eikemo has elaborated on these views in hundreds of publications, debates and media features.

Eikemo has led international public health projects funded by the European Commission, Rockefeller-Boston University high-level Commission, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NTNU's strategic research area NTNU Health, UNICEF, European Social Survey, Research Council of Norway, Cancer Society, EEA scheme, and New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE).

Among the most important works are the discovery of systematic links between welfare systems and health inequalities in Europe, the confirmation of the hypothesis that new technologies increase inequalities in health, and that children's health deteriorates in Greek refugee camps over time. In 2021, Eikemo and his research partners in CHAIN ​​and IHME discovered a universal link between parent education and child mortality, which was published in the Lancet.

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).

Eikemo has lead CHAIN, the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research, since the official start-up in 2017, and he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (impact factor: 3,199) since 2016.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Agardh, Emilie, E.; Allebeck, Peter; Flodin, Pär; Wennberg, Peter; Ramstedt, Mats; Knudsen, Ann Kristin; Øverland, Simon Nygaard; Kinge, Jonas Minet; Tollånes, Mette Christophersen; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Skogen, Jens Christoffer; Mäkelä, Pia; Gissler, Mika; Juel, Knud; Iburg, Kim Moesgaard; McGrath, John J.; Naghavi, Mohsen; Vollset, Stein Emil; Gakidou, Emmanuela; Danielsson, Anna-Karin. (2020) Alcohol‐attributed disease burden in four Nordic countries between 2000 and 2017: Are the gender gaps narrowing? A comparison using the Global Burden of Disease, Injury and Risk Factor 2017 study. Drug and Alcohol Review. vol. 40 (3).
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) - Jeg frykter at korona-utbruddet kan føre til at barn vil dø i de greske flyktningeleirene. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2020-03-22.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) - Jeg frykter at mange barn vil dø i flyktning¬leirene. [Internett]. 2020-03-17.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) - Å la flyktningene bo i leirene nå er en potensiell dødsdom. TV2 [Internett]. 2020-04-24.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) 800 millioner barn utsatt for nervegiften bly. Gemini [Tidsskrift]. 2020-09-15.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Comments to the Red Cross report: Living in the last mile of health. Living in the last mile of health (Norwegian Red Cross) . Red Cross; Oslo. 2020-06-25 - 2020-06-25.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Coronavirus from an inequality perspective. EA Global Health Day 2020 . Effective Altruism Norway; Webinar. 2020-10-20 - 2020-10-20.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Diving into the world of data: Developments in global health inequalities research. World Leadership Dialogue at the 16th World Congress on Public Health . 16th World Congress on Public Health; Rome. 2020-10-15 - 2020-10-15.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Education as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19. Global Health & Education webinar series 2020. UNESCO Chair and WHO collaboration Centre Global Health & Education. Webinar . UNESCO; Webinar. 2020-12-10 - 2020-12-10.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Hva gjør det med den fysiske og psykiske helsen å være på flukt?. Global helse webinar serie, NTNU . Norsk medisinstudentforening; Webinar. 2020-10-21 - 2020-10-21.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Innlegg: Livet i de greske flyktningleirene tærer på barns helse. Dagens Næringsliv. Dagens Næringsliv [Avis]. 2020-03-13.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Key outcomes of the CHAIN project 2019 – 2020. Presentation held for the portifolio board for Health, Norwegian Research Council . Norwegian Research Council; Webinar. 2020-12-09 - 2020-12-09.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Kronikk: Jo lengre barna er i leirene, jo sykere blir de. Dagsavisen.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Life in refugee camps wreaks havoc on children's health. EurekAlert [Tidsskrift]. 2020-04-08.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) NTNU-professor frykter det første barne-offeret for korona-pandemien blir et flyktningebarn i Hellas. Adressa [Avis]. 2020-03-22.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) NTNU-professor skal lede arbeid med ESS-modul. Norsk Senter for Forskningsdata (NSD) [Fagblad]. 2020-11-24.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Overview of the CHAIN-EuroHealthNet collaboration. Social Science and Humanitites (SSH) perspectives in European research: from H2020 to Horizon Europe . NTNU; Webinar. 2020-10-20 - 2020-10-20.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Professor about the coronavirus: "I fear many children will die in refugee camps. [Internett]. 2020-03-18.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Reducing social inequalities in health: CHAIN's strategy. Seminar focusing on mediators of socioeconomic differences in dietary behaviors, physical activity and body weight among youth. . Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo; Webinar. 2020-12-03 - 2020-12-03.
  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Round 11 Repeated Rotating Module: Social Inequalities in Health and their Determinants. Presentation held at the National Coordinators meeting, organised by the European Social Survey . European Social Survey; Webinar. 2020-10-10 - 2020-10-10.
  • Fjær, Erlend Løvø; Landet, Erling Ravnanger; McNamara, Courtney L.; Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Europe. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. vol. 20.
  • McNamara, Courtney L.; Toch-Marquardt, Marlen; Albani, Viviana; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Bambra, Clare. (2020) The contribution of employment and working conditions to occupational inequalities in non-communicable diseases in Europe. European Journal of Public Health.
  • Rydland, Håvard Thorsen; Fjær, Erlend Løvø; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Huijts, T.; Bambra, C; Wendt, C; Kulhánová, Ivana; Martikainen, Pekka; Dibben, Chris; Kalediene, R; Borrell, Carme; Leinsalu, Mall; Bopp, Matthias; Mackenbach, Johan P.. (2020) Educational Inequalities in Mortality Amenable to Healthcare. A Comparison of European Healthcare Systems. PLOS ONE. vol. 15 (7).
  • Rydland, Håvard Thorsen; Solheim, Erling; Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Educational inequalities in high- vs. low-preventable health conditions: Exploring the fundamental cause theory. Social Science and Medicine. vol. 267.
  • Stea, Tonje Holte; Nordheim, Oda; Bere, Elling Tufte; Stornes, Per Gunnar; Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Fruit and vegetable consumption in Europe according to gender, educational attainment and regional affiliation — A cross-sectional study in 21 European countries. PLOS ONE. vol. 15 (5).
  • van der Wel, Kjetil A.; Djuve, Anne Britt; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Fossland, Trine; Geirdal, Amy Østertun; Skalicka, Vera. (2020) Koronautbruddet førte til økt stress for studentene og lite studentaktiv læring.
  • Vonen, H.D.; Olsen, M.L.; Eriksen, S.S.; Jervelund, S.S.; Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Refugee camps and COVID-19: Can we prevent a humanitarian crisis?. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
  • Weiss, Daniel; Eikemo, Terje Andreas. (2020) Technological Innovations and Social Inequalities in Global Health. Handbook of Global Health.
  • Witvliet, Margot I.; Toch-Marquardt, Marlen; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Mackenbach, Johan P.. (2020) Improving job strain might reduce inequalities in cardiovascular disease mortality in european men. Social Science and Medicine. vol. 267.














  • Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Clausen, Tommy Høyvarde. (2007) Kvantitativ analyse med SPSS. En praktisk innføring i kvantitative analyseteknikker. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2007. ISBN 9788251921787.