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Kristine Engebretsen Illøkken

PhD Research Fellow

103 ( Universitetsveien 17, Kristiansand )

Currently a PhD student investigating school meals and school outcomes. Further research interests include dietary habits among youth and social inequalities. I am a member of 'Lifecourse Nutrition', a research center at the University (https://www.uia.no/en/research/priority-research-centres/lifecourse-nutrition) and a member of PhD programme committee for the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences.

I have Masters degree in Public Health Science and a Bachelors degree in Food, Nutrition and Culture. My previous work experience is related to social work and public health, as well as in the University adminsitration (Admissions office). 

Research interests

School meal 

Social inequalities in diet


Free school meals are not universally available in Norway, even though it has great potential for child development, daily function and to fulfill basic human right for nutrition and good health. In fact, free school meals have been linked to improved nutrition, wellbeing, and school performance. Still, more research is needed. In my PhD project, I investigate the effect of and experiences with free school meals, and the impact of school meals on health and school outcomes (such as environment and factors promoting learning).

Selected publications

Kristine E. Illøkken, Elling Bere, Nina C. Øverby, Frøydis N. Vik. Results of a 6 months’ intervention study on school meal habits in Norwegian 10-12-year-old children (Scand J Public Health. 2017 Jul;45(5):485-491. doi: 10.1177/1403494817704108. Epub 2017 May 31)

General outreach

Slik får man barna til å spise opp nistematen (How can we influence children to eat their packed meals? Only in Norwegian): https://www.nrk.no/sorlandet/slik-far-man-barna-til-a-spise-opp-hele-matpakka-1.15123072

Scientific publications

  • Illøkken, Kristine Engebretsen; Bere, Elling; Øverby, Nina Cecilie; Høiland, Renate; Petersson, Kirsten Helene Olstad; Vik, Frøydis Nordgård (2017). Intervention study on school meal habits in Norwegian 10-12-year-old children. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. ISSN: 1403-4948. 45 (5). s 485 - 491. doi:10.1177/1403494817704108.
  • Illøkken, Kristine Engebretsen (2020). Nistepakka på skolen.
  • Illøkken, Kristine Engebretsen (2020). "Barn påvirkes av sunne matvaner".

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