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Rikke Tokle

Rikke Tokle


Rikke Tokle (PhD in Sociology) works as a researcher at the the Section for Youth Research at NOVA. Tokle's current research focuses on young people, sexual health, sexual risk, and drug use. Tokle is the project leader of the qualitative NOVA research project Sexual Culture in youth. Her research interests include youth culture, subculture, gender, sexuality, marginalization and the social meaning of alcohol, tobacco and drug use in adolescense. Tokle's previous research includes qualitative and quantitative studies of e-cigarette and alcohol use among young people, the changing tobacco and cannabis landscape, as well as exploratory studies of the evolving vaping (sub)culture.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines


Subject areas

Sociology of culture   Substance use   Youth Research   Gender and sexuality   Sexual violence



Research groups

Research projects

  • Changing Drug Use and Drug Policy

    The project aims to provide new insights into young people's patterns of alcohol and illegal drug use, the social meaning of drugs, and the consequences of drug-related sanctions.

  • Sexual Culture in Youth

    The project will investigate how young people negotiate, experience and handle issues related to sexuality, sexual health and risk - in light of both contemporary youth culture, and other social and societal conditions.

  • The Domestic Violence Research Programme

    The programme studies time trends in the prevalence of violence and assault, violence as phenomenon, and how violence is approached by the welfare- and justice systems.

Scientific publications

Tokle, Rikke ; Scheffels, Janne (2024). Bruk av e-sigaretter som ungdomskultur. 20 p. Vol. 7.

Bilgrei, Ola Røed ; Scheffels, Janne; Buvik, Kristin; Tokle, Rikke (2024). The green shift? Narratives of changing cannabis policies and identity-work among Norwegian adolescents. Wanke, Michał; Sandberg, Sveinung; Macit, Ruken; Gulerce, Hakan (Ed.). Cannabis: Cultures and Markets. p. 39-48. Taylor & Francis.

Scheffels, Janne; Brunborg, Geir Scott; Bilgrei, Ola Røed ; Tokle, Rikke ; Burdzovic Andreas, Jasmina; Buvik, Kristin (2023). Ambivalence in Adolescents’ Alcohol Expectancies: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study Among 12-to-18-Year-Olds. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Tokle, Rikke ; Buvik, Kristin; Stefansen, Kari ; Solstad, Gerd Marie (2023). Safety strategies, status positioning and gendered double standards: adolescents’ narratives of sexualised risk in alcohol intoxication contexts. 16 p. Journal of Youth Studies.

Stefansen, Kari ; Solstad, Gerd Marie ; Tokle, Rikke (2023). What Happened to Me? Ambiguity and Surety in Narratives of Intoxicated Sexual Assault. Sociology.

Raitasalo, Kirsimarja; Bye, Elin Kristin; Pisinger, Charlotta; Scheffels, Janne; Tokle, Rikke ; Kinnunen, Jaana M.; Ollila, Hanna M.; Rimpelä, Arja (2022). Single, Dual, and Triple Use of Cigarettes, e-Cigarettes, and Snus among Adolescents in the Nordic Countries. 11 p. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Vol. 19.

Scheffels, Janne; Tokle, Rikke ; Linnansaari, Anu; Rasmussen, Sofie; Charlotta, Pisinger (2022). E-cigarette use in global digital youth culture. A qualitative study of the social practices and meaning of vaping among 15–20-year-olds in Denmark, Finland, and Norway. 10 p. International journal of drug policy. Vol. 111.

Bilgrei, Ola Røed ; Scheffels, Janne; Buvik, Kristin; Tokle, Rikke (2022). The green shift? Narratives of changing cannabis policies and identity-work among Norwegian adolescents. Drugs: education prevention and policy. Vol. 29.

Tokle, Rikke ; Brunborg, Geir Scott; Vedøy, Tord Finne (2021). Adolescents' use of nicotine-free and nicotine e-cigarettes: A longitudinal study of vaping transitions and vaper characteristics. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Sæbø, Gunnar; Tokle, Rikke ; Lund, Ingeborg (2021). Newspaper Coverage of Snus in an Emerging Norwegian Snus Market 2002-2011: A Content Analysis. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Vol. 24.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete