Idunn Brekke has a master in Sociology (2001) and a PhD in Sociology from Department of Sociology and Human Geography (UIO). Her main research interests are sickness absence, social inequality in health, labour market, disability, minorities, youth and education. She teach in quantitative methods.
Direct and Indirect Costs of Disabilities in Children (BUDGET)
The research project addresses the costs aspects of caring for a child with a disability.
HIRE? A Mixed-method Examination of Disability and Employers Inclusive Working Life Practices
Employers' understandings of disability as well as their broader knowledge and skills are likely to influence their risk assessments and hiring practices. HIRE? aims to fill this knowledge gap.
Social and Digital Participation: School and the Internet as an Integration Arena for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities
The aim of the project is to map the degree of social participation and the scope of social networks among children and young people with physical disabilities.
Socio-spatial Inequality among Families with Children with Disabilities who are Entitled to Cash Benefits and Welfare Services (UPTAKE)
The research project will provide insight into the uptake and delivery of benefits and services among parents of children with disabilities.
Publications and research
Jenum, Anne Karen; Brekke, Idunn; Mdala, Ibrahimu; Muilwijk, Mirthe; Ramachandran, Ambady; Kjøllesdal, Marte Karoline Råberg; Andersen, Eivind; Richardsen, Kåre Rønn; Douglas, Anne; Cezard, Genevieve; Sheikh, Aziz; Celis-Morales, Carlos; Gill, Jason M.R.; Sattar, Naveed; Bhopal, Raj S.; Beune, Erik; Stronks, Karien; Vandvik, Per Olav; van Valkengoed, Irene G.M. (2019). Effects of dietary and physical activity interventions on the risk of type 2 diabetes in South Asians: meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomised controlled trials. Diabetologia . Vol. 62.
Brekke, Idunn; Richardsen, Kåre Rønn; Jenum, Anne Karen (2019). Sickness absence in pregnancy: associations with sedentary behavior. A population-based cohort study from Norway. BMC Public Health . Vol. 19.
Andenæs, Randi; Brekke, Idunn; Momyr, Astrid (2018). Reporting of pain by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Comparative results from the HUNT3 population-based survey. BMC Public Health . Vol. 18.
Brekke, Idunn; Albertini Früh, Elena; Kvarme, Lisbeth Gravdal; Holmstrøm, Henrik
Long-time sickness absence among parents of pre-school children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and down syndrome: a longitudinal study.
Søjbjerg, Inger Lucia; Albertini Früh, Elena; Brekke, Idunn; Kvarme, Lisbeth Gravdal; Ravn, Ingrid Helen (2016). Livskvalitet hos foreldre til barn med spesielle behov. Helseth, Sølvi; Leegaard, Marit; Nortvedt, Finn (Ed.). Livskvalitet og smerte - et mangfoldig forskningsfelt. Kapittel 4. p. 55-67. Gyldendal Akademisk.
Brekke, Idunn; Nadim, Marjan
Gendered effects of intensified care burdens: Employment and sickness absence in families with chronically sick or disabled children in Norway.
Work, Employment and Society
Kvarme, Lisbeth Gravdal; Albertini Früh, Elena; Brekke, Idunn; Gardsjord, Ragnhild; Halvorsrud, Liv; Lidén, Hilde
On duty all the time: Health and quality of life among immigrant parents caring for a child with complex health needs.
Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN)
Brekke, Idunn; Finnvold, Jon Erik
Økonomiske levekår for personer med nedsatt funksjonsevne. Ulike metoder for kartlegging.
Brekke, Idunn; Vinck, Julie (2019). Gender and education inequalities in parental employment when having a young child with increased care needs: Belgium and Norway compared. Expert panel meeting- INTEGRATE. INTEGRATE Oslomet.
Brekke, Idunn; Miriam, Evensen (2018). Ethnic variation in take up of attendance benefit for children with a chronic illness or disability in Norway. Universiteit Antwerpen-lunch seminar. Universiteit Antwerpen.
Jenum, Anne Karen; Brekke, Idunn; Mdala, Ibrahimu; Muilwijk, Mirthe; Ramachandran, Ambady; Kjøllesdal, Marte Karoline Råberg; Andersen, Eivind; Sheikh, Aziz; Gill, Jason M.R.; Sattar, Naveed; Bhopal, Raj; Beune, Erik J.A.J.; Stronks, Karien; Vandvik, Per Olav; Valkengoed, Irene G.M. van (2018). Effects of dietary and physical activity interventions on the risk of type 2 diabetes in South Asians: individual participant data meta-analysis of randomsed controlled trials. EASD. EASD.
Brekke, Idunn; Winck, Julie (2018). Who bears the burden in the social investment state? Gendered effects on parental employment when having a young child with increased care needs: Belgium and Norway compared. Annual ESPAnet Conference; 2018. Vilnius University.
Brekke, Idunn; Vinck, Julie (2018). Who bears the burden? Gendered effects on parental employment when having a young child with a disability: Belgium and Norway compared. 25th Anniversary conference. Foundation for International Studies on Social Security.
Sonja, Balci; Brekke, Idunn (2017). Omsorg for funksjonshemmede barn går mest utover mors yrkesliv.
Brekke, Idunn; Richardsen, Kåre Rønn; Jenum, Anne Karen (2017). “Sickness absence in pregnancy: physical activity and sedentary behavior". Sociological Association Research Committee 28, conference. International Sociological Association Research Committee 28.
Brekke, Idunn; Nadim, Marjan; Reisel, Liza (2016). Ethnic differences in labour market participation and sickness absence among mothers who care for disabled or chronically ill children. 2016 Annual ESPAnet Conference. Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Økonomiske levekår for personer med nedsatt funksjonsevne. (2018) NOVA Notat 6/18.