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Terje Andreas Eikemo is a professor of Sociology at the department of Sociology and Political Science, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Eikemo`s research focus has been to explain differences in mental and physical health, chronic diseases and mortality world-wide. 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, migration, working conditions, unemployment, housing conditions and health care.
He is the leader of the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN) at NTNU, which aims at monitoring, explaining and reducing inequalities in health in all world regions together with partners in academia, policy, practice and the private sector.
CHAIN is the coordinator of a global network, which is estimating the global burden of disease attributable to socio-economic factors. This work is a collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease Study, which is led by Prof. Christopher L. Murray.
CHAIN is further involved in the global school mapping in collaboration with UNICEF New York, and the centre is also working with the WHO to evaluate the effectiveness of health systems in the world to reduce cancer mortality. CHAIN is further identifying interventions that can reduce child mortality in the world in collaboration with UNICEF Innocenti.
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 is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.