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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 youths' sexualiy, sexual health, sexual risk, intoxication practises 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 longitudinal studies of youth and alcohol use, 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

  • Sexuality and 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.

Scientific publications

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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) . Vol. 16.

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 .

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.

Buvik, Kristin; Tokle, Rikke; Bilgrei, Ola Røed; Scheffels, Janne (2021). Alcohol use in adolescence: a qualitative longitudinal study of mediators for drinking and non-drinking. Drugs: education prevention and policy .

Bilgrei, Ola Røed; Buvik, Kristin; Tokle, Rikke; Scheffels, Janne (2021). Cannabis, youth and social identity: the evolving meaning of cannabis use in adolescence. 16 p. Journal of Youth Studies .

Tokle, Rikke Iren (2020). ‘Vaping and fidget-spinners’: A qualitative, longitudinal study of e-cigarettes in adolescence. 8 p. International journal of drug policy . Vol. 82.

Scheffels, Janne; Buvik, Kristin; Tokle, Rikke Iren; Rossow, Ingeborg (2020). Normalisation of non-drinking? 15–16-year-olds' accounts of refraining from alcohol. Drug and Alcohol Review . Vol. 39.

Tokle, Rikke Iren (2020). Bottom-up meets top-down: exploring vapers’ accounts of risk in a context of e-cigarette controversies. Health, Risk and Society . Vol. 22.

Brunborg, Geir Scott; Scheffels, Janne; Tokle, Rikke Iren; Buvik, Kristin; Kvaavik, Elisabeth; Burdzovic, Jasmina (2019). Monitoring young lifestyles (MyLife) - a prospective longitudinal quantitative and qualitative study of youth development and substance use in Norway. BMJ Open . Vol. 9.

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