Personal profile


Leena Eklund Karlsson, Finnish and Swedish citizenships

Docent (global health), Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Finland. 24.09.2020.

Ph.D. (public health/health promotion), Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Finland. Topic of the PhD dissertation: ”From citizen participation towards community empowerment – An analysis on health promotion from citizen perspective”. 16.12.1999

Master of Science (in Health Care Management and Administration). Helsinki University, Medical Faculty, Finland. Degree programme on Health Care Administration line. 11.06.1991

Specialist Nurse of Internal Medicine. Helsinki Institute of Nursing. 25.05.1982

Registered Nurse. Helsinki Institute of Nursing 30.05.1980

Training in pedagogigs and supervision:

Högskolepedagogik 1 (15 ETC), (Pedagogics in Higher Education) (incl: Work Integrated Learning design, Learning, Pedagogics
through work integrated learning, University as a pedagogical workplace) 25.01.2010

Handledningskurs (3 ETC), (Course of Supervision) June 2010

Supervision of PhD-students (7,5 ETC) May 2011


Associate Professor University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Public Health, Esbjerg, Denmark 01.05.2013

Senior Researcher, University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Public Health, Esbjerg, Denmark. 01.01.2013

Associate Professor, University West, Institute of Nursing, Health and Culture, Department of Health, Culture and Education Sciences, Trollhättan, Sweden 01.01.2007-31.12.2012 

1.10.2006-> cont. (duty leave for the moment) Technical Officer (P5), World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark: Evidence on Health Needs and Interventions, Division of Information, Evidence and Communication, and Health Evidence Network (HEN), Division of Country Support. 1.11.2001 – 29.12.2006

Course Organizer and Project Manager (including curriculum development, teaching, supervision, planning and management tasks of the BRIMHEALTH Programme = Post Graduate Public Health Training Programme for the Baltic Health Professionals). The Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden (since 1.1.2000 Programme Manager) 25.04.1994- 31.10.1996 and
15.01.1997- 31.10.1997 and 16.01.1998-> 31.12.2001 (duty leave 1.11.-31.12.2001)

Researcher, Tampere University, Medical Faculty, School of Public Health (preparation of the doctoral thesis and lecturing in public health) 1.11.1997-15.1.1998 and 27.4.-31.4.1998 and 1.6.-31.7.1998 (50%) and 1.9.-14.10.1998 (50%)

Researcher, Jyväskylä University, Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences (preparation of the doctoral thesis) 01.11.1996- 26.01.1997

Project Manager, Finnish Centre for Health Education and Promotion, Helsinki (= NGO) (main duties: planning, managing, implementing and evaluating local health promotion interventions including teaching and communication tasks as well as research) 06.08.1990- 07.08.1994

Lecturer, Helsinki University, Department of Primary Health Care. (duty: teaching the Basic course of the Empirical Research Methods in Social Sciences). 11.03.1992- 29.04.1992

Project Researcher. Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, department of Social and Public Health Services. Finland (main duty: preparation of a guide book for the municipalities on Research and Development Projects) 02.05.1990- 31.01.1991

Chief Nurse. Helsinki City Health Care Office, Health Centre of Vuosaari. (main duties: managing, administrating, planning and supervising tasks in the Vuosaari primary care) 12.03.1990- 22.07.1990

Project Researcher, The National Board of Health (main duty: developing the Health Care R&D Project Register). Finland 16.10.1989- 31.01.1990

Assistant, Helsinki University, Department of Public Health. (main duties: teaching in public health and participation in preparing the HFA research policy for Finland) 01.08.1989- 15.08.1989

Researcher, Helsinki University, Department of Public Health. (main duties: participation in preparing the HFA Research Policy for Finland and analysing the present status of PH research in Finland relevant to the HFA strategy) 01.07.1988-03.09.1989

Research Assistant, Helsinki University, Department of Public Health. (main duties: participation in preparing the HFA Research Policy for Finland and analysing the present status of PH research in Finland relevant to the HFA strategy) 16.11.1987-

Trainee of health care administration. The Academy of Finland, Administration Department, The Medical Research Council. 15.08.1987-14.11.1987

Chief Nurse. Helsinki University Central Hospital, Clinic of Internal Medicine; several locum posts, alltogether 6 months during: 21.06.1982-12.07.1987

Assistant Chief Nurse. Helsinki University Central Hospital, Clinic of Internal Medicine. 01.06.1982- 31.07.1987

Registered Nurse, Helsinki University Central Hospital of Meilahti - First Aid and Emergency Department. 06.06.1980-

Confidential missions:

Scientific Secretary of the Health for All 2000 Steering Group, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland. Duties: Writing the ”Health for All 2000 – Revised Strategy” of Finland. In addition, participation in planning, writing and implementing the HFA 2000 Revised Strategy, September 1991 - August 1994
Member of the Board of the Faculty of the Nordic School of Public Health 2000-2001.
Member of the Association of Technology Assessment of Health Care in Finland. From 1988-1994 (participation in meetings and seminars) 

Member of the Society of Social Medicine in Finland. 1990 – 2005.
Member of International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). 1995 ->(participation in organizing one of the international conferences, acting as a chair in different conferences) 

Member of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (HTAi). 2002 ->2006 

Member of the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network coordinated by the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV). (This is an international research collaboration).  2006->

Teaching experience:

2013-2017: The University of Southern Denmark had eduction export and curriculum develpopment project of the Bachelor of Health Education and Promotion & Epidemiology programmes at the Princess Noura University (PNU) in Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia (2013-2017). I was the Study Leader of this Programme during the years 2015-2017. My tasks were to lead the work regarding the curriculum development of the BSc (and MSc) programmes. Additioally I planned and taught the following modules at the PNU, Saudi Arabia, during the 5-year project time:

-          Determinants of Health (4 ECTS), 2013 and 2014

-          Health Systems and Policies (4 ECTS), 2013, 2014 and 2016

-          International Health (4 ECTS), 2015

-          Project work 1 & 2 (4 ECTS & 4 ECTS), 2015, 2016 and 2017

-          Data Management in Bachelor Project (5 ECTS), 2015

-          Scientfic Writing in Bachelor Project (5 ECTS), 2015

-          Implementation and Evaluation (3 ECTS) 2015, 2016 and 2017

2013-> today: course leader of the SDU following courses belonging to the Danish BSc/McS/PhD Programmes in Health Promotion/Public health:

-          Health Promotion in practice (7.5 ETCS) (bachelor level) (since 2016->)

-          Evaluation (7.5 ECTS) (Masters level) (Since 2017->)

-          Empowerment and health policy (7.5 ECTS) (Masters level) (since 2018->)

-          Empowerment (5 ECTS) (PhD level, in 2014)

 1995-2001: Programme Manager of the BRIMHEALTH post graduate Master of Public Health (MPH) programme (education export from Sweden to the Baltic universities) including course leadership of all courses run in the programme (and curriculum development) and lecturer of more that 30 post graduate courses in public health organized by the Nordic School of Public Health, Sweden, in collaboration with Kaunas Medical and Vilnius Universities (Lithuania), Latvian School of Public Health, Tartu University (Estonia), Jagellonian University (Poland), and the Medical Academy of Post graduate Studies StPetersburg (Russia), e.g.:

  • Foundations of Public Health (the Nordic and the Baltic MPH programmes)
  • Health Ethics
  • Health Economics
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Training of Trainers in Public Health (Pedagogics)
  • Research Methods in Public Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
  • Health Care Management
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Empowerment
  • Health Policy, Planning and Management

 2007-2012: In the University West (Sweden) I taught  in the Bachelor of health promotion programme 2007-2012 including e.g. the following topics:

  • Theory of science
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social Capital
  • Globalization and health from WHO perspective
  • Evidence based health promotion
  • Empowerment (course leader)
  • Community organizing
  • Health promotion planning
  • Health promotion and work
  • Foundations of public health (course leader)
  • Social entreprneurship
  • Social determinants of health

 Planning and implementation of research and PhD -courses: I have planned and carried out several research courses and seminars for both MPH, Master's and PhD students at the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV), Göteborg, and for Master students at the University West, Trollhättan, and for PhD students (Topic Empowerment in contemporary public health, 5 ECTS) at the University of Southern Denmark (Empowerment), 2014.


  • Supervisor for 3 PhD students (SDU, 2013-> present)
  • Supervisor of 25 Master students of public health at the SDU, Denmark (2013->present), and at the University West Sweden (2007-2012)
  • Supervisor of 20 MPH students (at postgraduate level) of the Baltic Master pf Public Health programme (”BRIMHEALTH”) at the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV) during 1999-2001.
  • Over 80 students at the Bachelor's level: at the SDU, Denmark (2013->), the University West, Sweden (2007-2012) and at the Princess Noura University, Saudi Arabia (2013-15).

Docent competence:

Under process 

On-going research and research funding:

  1. Horizon 2020 call for Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies. (Collaboration project with SDU Denmark, Universities of Umeå and Linkoping, Sweden, BBU university in Romania,  THL, Finland, IRPPS Italy, G2RED Greece and University of Bielefelt, Germany). [Research Leader: Leena Eklund Karlsson; Co-researchers: AL Ikonen and P Tanggaard Andersen from the SDU).

2.  Migrants and Informal Payments: An Emerging Challenge for Health System Governance in the Western Balkan Countries – Towards Equity and Accountability. (PhD Project. Several articles planned jointly with Sofie Buch Mejsner and Leena Eklund Krlsson from SDU and Maria Kristiansen form the University of Copenhagen. Local stakeholders will be involved in the reseach collaboration, e.g., University of Belgrad, Danish Refugee Council in Serbia and Serbian Refugee Aid).

 The idea of this of this planned research project:

This research intend to close the gap of the lacking evidence base combining research on the flow of migrants and the corrupt practice of paying informal payments for health care services in Western Balkan. For identifying innovative strategies and effective interventions to reduce informal payments, already existing interventions will be analysed through public health policy documents and by qualitatively exploring health system governance and facilitators and barriers of informal payments from migrants’ experiences. The focus will be on vulnerable migrants.

 3. Policies and action to tackle Child poverty in the Nordic Countries? This study is part of the international research collaboration within the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network [Lene Povlsen (DK), Leena Eklund Karlsson (S/FIN), Susann Regber (S), Hildur Gunnarsdottir (I), and Elisabeth Fosse (NO)]. (qualitative study).

 4. How are health equity aspects articulated in the public health policy documents in Saudi Arabia (Leena Eklund Karlsson, Anne Leena Ikonen, Kothar Mohammed, Pernille Tanggaard Andersen, Tamader AlRammah, and Shubash Tapa). This is a joint project between SDU and King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. (policy analysis).

 5. Youth participation in developing Health-Enhancing Physical Activity policies [part of the REPOPA Project  ](Leena Eklund Karlsson, Charlotte Haaber Pettersen, Arja R. Aro). (thematic analysis)

6. Empowerment vs. Salutogenesis – theoretical differences and similarities (Monica Eriksson, University West, SE, Anne Leena Ikonen, SDU, DK and Leena Eklund Karlsson, SDU, DK.) (concept analysis)

7. Use of social media and health literacy and social capital of Saudi female students. (Leena Eklund Karlsson, Manuela Reiter and Tamader AlRammah) (thematic analysis).


Research funding and participation in international projects

  • EU Swedish Social Fund: 9.000.000 SEK (about 1 milj EURO) for the Roma Empoerment for Social Inclusion -project in Sweden for 2009-2012. (I was the Projet Leader of this action research project including social change). This project included knowledge exchange with Greece, Hungary, Finland and UK that had similar on-going projects focused on Roma in a form of joint expert meetings, workshops and site visits which we organized together with the international partners.
  • Participation as researcherin the international REPOPA (Research into Policy to enhance Physical Activity) Project ( ), where 6 countreis were involved, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Italy, the Netherlands, UK and Canada, 2012-2017. I was involvedParticularly in the Work package 2 where were developed Policy Game -interventions in 3 European countries, Denmark, Romania and the Netherlands, to facilitate collaboration and use of evidence in local policy making.
  • Participation as researcer and member of the Advisory Boardof the Erasmus+ CONFDE project ”Strengthening public health research capacity to inform evidence based policies in Tunisia” 2017-2021. This is a collaboration project between Romanian, Slovakian and Danish partners and the beneficiaries are 3 Tunisian Universities in Tunis, Sousse and Sfax.


Complete list of publications:

a) Publications in international journals and original research reports: 

Misund Dahl B, Buch Mejsner S, Eklund Karlsson L, Kostenius C, Laverack G, Myglegaard Andersen H, Warne M, Lidmark J. (2019) The Nordic perspective on migration and empowerment. Health Promotion International. (Submitted 14. February 2019).

 Winge Jacobsen M, Eklund Karlsson L, Skovgaard T, and Aro AR. (2018) Organisational factors facilitating research use in public policymaking related to health: a scoping review. BMC Health Research Policy and Systems (submitted 21. December, 2018).

Buch Mejsner S., Kristiansen M and Eklund Karlsson L. (2018) (Abstract): Migrants’ perceptions of equity in Serbian health care, December 2018, European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_4).


 Spitters H, van de Goor I, Dulf D, Eklund-Karlsson L and Juel Lau C (2018): Learning from games: stakeholders’ experiences involved in local health policy. Journal of Public Health, vol 40, Supplement, pp. I39-i49.

 Amal Abdelrahim Osman Mohamed, Zeinab Ibrahim Swar Eldahab, Leena Eklund Karlsson, and Howeida Hassan Abusalih. Use of Evidence in Policy Development by Policy Makers and Evidence Generators at the Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum – Sudan. BMC Public Health, (Submitted March 2018, in peer review)

Lassen Olesen C and Eklund Karlsson L. (2018): Roma representation in Danish Roma Policy and Public Discourse - A Critical Analysis. Societies 8, 63; doi:10.3390/soc8030063.

Alghabiwi R, Palianopoulou M and Eklund Karlsson L (2018): The Physician-Patient Relationship and its Association with Self-Efficacy in Female Patients Managing Chronic Diseases in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health. CMPH-130. DOI: 10.29011/CMPH-130/100030.

Aro AR, Eklund Karlsson L, Ikonen AL, Palianopoulou M, and Nielsen JB (2018). Experiences with the Export of Education in health sciences from Denmark to Saudi Arabia. Creative Education, 2018, 9, 819-830.

Povlsen L, Regber S, Fosse E, Eklund Karlsson L and Gunnarsdottir H (2018): Economic poverty among children and adolescents in the Nordic countries. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2018; 46(Suppl 20): 30–37.

Eklund Karlsson L and Takahashi R. (2017) A resource for developing an evidence synthesis report for policy-making. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe; Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report 50. (Published 11. September 2017)

Spitters H, van de Goor I, Juel Lau C,  Sandu P, Eklund-Karlsson L, Jansen J, and  van Oers JAM. (2018). Learning from games: Stakeholders’ experiences involved in local health policy. Journal of Public Health, Volume 40, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pp. i39–i49,

Buch Mejsner S and Eklund Karlsson L (2017). Informal Payments and Health System Governance in Serbia - A pilot Study. SAGE Open (Published 31. August 2017)

Buch Mejsner S and Eklund Karlsson L. (2017). Informal Patient Payments and Bought and Brought Goods in the Western Balkans – A Scoping Review. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(x):1-17 (Published on-line 3. July, 2017)

Heinecke S and Eklund Karlsson L (2017). Children of Imprisoned Parents and Their Coping Strategies: A Systematic Review. Societies. 24. May, 2017.

Eklund Karlsson L, Ringsberg K and Crondahl K. (2017): Work-integrated learning and health literacy as catalysts for Roma empowerment and social inclusion – A participatory action research. Action Research Journal (25. April, 2017). DOI: 10.1177/1476750317702951).

Andrioti D, Skitsou A, Eklund Karlsson L, Pandouris C, Krassias A and Charalambous G (2017). Job satisfaction of nurses in various clinical practices in Cyprus. International Journal of Caring Sciences, January-April, 10;1:76-87.

Van de Goor I, Hämäläinen R-M, Syed A, Juel Lau C, Sandu P, Spitters H, Eklund Karlsson L, Dulf D, Valente A, Castellani T, and Aro AR (2017): Determinants of evidence use in Public Health Policy making - Results from a Study across Six EU Countries. Health Policy, Volume 121, Issue 3, Pages 273–281.

Eklund Karlsson L, Pettersen HC and Aro AR. (2016) Governance and youth participation in local policy making–The case of health policies in Denmark. European Journal of Public Health 26 (suppl 1): ckw174. 079.

Crondahl K., and Eklund Karlsson L. (2016): The nexus between health literacy and empowerment – A scoping review. SAGE Open. Published on-line, 2 May, 2016. DOI:10.1177/2158244016646410.

Eklund Karlsson, L, Winge Jacobsen, M, Winblad Heiberg, M, and Aro, AR. (2016). Involvement of external stakeholders in local health policymaking process: a case study from Odense Municipality, Denmark. Evidence & Policy. Volume 13, Number 3, August 2017, pp. 433-454(22).  Online ISSN 1744 2656. (Published on-line, 17. April, 2016.

van de Goor, LAM., Quanjel, M., Spitters, HPEM., Swinkels, W., Boumans, J., Eklund Karlsson, L., Aro, AR., Jakobsen, MW., Koudenburg, OA., Chereches, R., Sandu, P., Rus, D., Roelofs, S., Lau, CJ., Glümer, C., Jørgensen, T. Jansen, J., Dorgelo, A. and Pos, S. (2015): In2Action: Development and evaluation of a Policy Game Intervention to enhance evidence-use in HEPA policy making. WP2 final report of the REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity (REPOPA) project. (available at EC: or at REPOPA:

Krettek A., Eklund Karlsson L., Khanh T.T., and Chuc N.T.K. (2015): Nordic School of Public Health NHV and its legacy in global health. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, August 2015, vol. 43 no. 16, suppl 36-45.

Crondahl K., and Eklund Karlsson, L. (2015): Roma Empowerment and Social Inclusion Through Work-Integrated Learning. SAGE Open. January-March 2015:1-10.

Eklund Karlsson, L. and Crondahl, K. (2014): Health literacy genom arbetsintegrerat lärande (Health Literacy through work Integrated learning (Book chapter, in Swedish). In: Ringsberg, K., Olander, E. & Tillgren, P.: Health literacy: Teori och praktik i hälsofrämjande arbete. Lund: Studentlitteratur. 9789144089157.

Eklund Karlsson L., Andersson M. and Johansson J. (2014): Empowering adolescents to engage in healthy behaviours through peer leadership training in the townships of Cape Town. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, April, Vol 5(2):258-278.

Povlsen L, Eklund Karlsson L, Regber S, Sandstig G and Fosse E (2014): Are equity aspects communicated in Nordic public health documents? Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.  Published online 3 February 2014.

Andrioti D, Kella K, Eklund Karlsson L and Charalambous G. (2014). Cesarean Sections in Cyprus: The percentage among pregnant women and the financial cost. Journal of Research in Nursing and Midwifery, Vol 3(6):100-105. DOI:

Eklund Karlsson L, Crondahl K, Sunnemark F, and Andersson Å (2013): The Meaning of Health, well-being and Quality of life perceived by Roma People in West Sweden. Societies, 3:243-260.

Crondahl K and Eklund L (2012): Perceptions on Health, Well-being and Quality of Life of Balkan Roma Adolescents in Western Sweden. Romani Studies, 5, Vol. 22(2):153-173.

Hassler S and Eklund L (2012):Sense of Coherence and self-reported health among Roma people in Sweden – A pilot study. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, May 4;71(0):1-6.

Torp S, Eklund L, and Thorpenberg S (2011): Research on workplace health promotion in the Nordic countries – a literature review 1986–2008. Global Health Promotion, Vol. 18(3):15-22.

Eklund L (2006): Summaries of selected publications from the Health Evidence Network of World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 22:4 (2006); 506-511.

Granados A, Goodman C, Eklund L (2006). (Editorial). Pandemic influenza: using evidence on vaccines and antivirals for clinical decisions and policy making. European Respiratory Journal, 2006;27:661-663.

Köhler L. and Eklund L. (2002): BRIMHEALTH – A succesful experience in Nordic-Baltic co-operation in Public Health training. European Journal of Public Health,  2002:12:2:152-154. [Internet: ]

Eklund L. (1999): From Citizen Participation Towards Community Empowerment – An Analysis on Health Promotion from Citizen Perspective. (Doctoral Dissertation). Acta Universitatis Tamperensis no 704. Tampere University. Tampere. [Internet: ]

Tarvainen-Pääkkönen L., Eklund L., Koskinen-Ollonqvist P. (1992): Terveyden edistäminen terveyslautakunnan päätöksissä (Health Promotion in the Decisions of the Health Board of City Council). Reports of the City of Helsinki/ Health Care. Series A. Report 68/1992. Helsinki.

Eklund L. (1991): Terveydenhuoltotutkimus Suomessa vuonna 1988 - sisällön analyysi (Health Care Research in Finland in 1988 - A Content Analysis). Helsinki University. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care. M.Sc. -thesis. Research Series 8/1991. Helsinki.

Eklund L., Rimpelä A. (1989): Terveyttä kaikille vuoteen 2000 - Tutkimuksen teema-alueiden tutkimus v. 1988 (Health for all by the year 2000 - The HFA Priority Research in 1988 in Finland). The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Publications 1:1989. Helsinki.

Rimpelä A., Eklund L. (1994): BRIMHEALTH kouluttaa Baltian terveysjohtoa (BRIMHEALTH - Training for the Health Care Leaders in the Baltic Countries). Sosiaalinen aikakauskirja (Social Tidskrift) 1994:3:44-47.


1. Banta DH, Cohen D, Eklund L, Leys M, Petticrew M, Watson S (2005). Handbook for evidence-based working and case study writing. Programme on Evidence on Health Needs and Interventions (ENI). Internal document of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Learning material, handbook).

 2. Eklund L, Fryatt B, Griekspoor A, Hagan D, Lambert J, Metais D and Van West Charles R (2002): Knowledge Management in WHO in the context of change and the Country Focus Initiative. Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge, UK. Workshop report (unpublished internal WHO document).

 Book Chapters:

3. Eklund Karlsson L and Crondahl K (2014): Hälsomedvetenhet genom arbetsintegrerat lärande (Helath literacy though work integrated learning). In Karin Ringsberg, Evy Olander and Per Tillgren (Eds.), Heatlh Literacy – Teori och praktik i hälsofrämjande arbete (in Swedish) (Health Literacy – Theory and practice in health promotion). Studentlitteratur: Lund.

 4. Rimpelä A., Eklund L. (1996): BRIMHEALTH - an example of Nordic-Baltic collaboration in postgraduate public health training. In: Rimpelä A & Köhler L (eds.): Postgraduate Public Health Training in the Nordic Countries. Nordiska hälsovårdshögskolan, Göteborg. Stockholm.

 5. Eklund L. (1993): Kansalaisten osallistuminen (Citizen participation), pp. 52-55. In: Terveyttä kaikille vuoteen 2000: Uudistettu yhteistyöohjelma (Health for All 2000 – Revised collaboration Programme). Publications of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 1993:2, ISSN 1236-2050. Helsinki.


6. Eklund L., Rimpelä M., Bergström T. and Rajala M. (1995): Terveyttä kaikille 2000 - Terveyttä edistävän kansalaishallinnan kehittämishanke Somerolla ja Järvenpäässä. Terveyskasvatuksen keskuksen julkaisuja 1995:6. Helsinki.  (Health for All 2000 - Strengthening community empowerment in two small municipalities, Somero and Järvenpää. Publications of the Finnish Centre for Health Education 1995:6.).

 7. Eklund L., Bergström T. (eds.) (1993): Terve Somero projekti 1992 (Healthy Somero -project 1992). The Finnish Centre for Health Education. Publications 4/1993. Helsinki .

 8. Eklund L. (ed.) (1993):  Terve Järvenpää projekti 1992 (Healthy Järvenpää -project 1992). The Finnish Centre for Health Education. Publications 3/1993. Helsinki .

 9. Eklund L. (1991): Parempaa palvelua sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollon tutkimus- ja kehittämistoiminnalla (Creating Better Services through Research and Development of Social Services and Health Care). Publications of the Research and Development Council of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Helsinki.

 10.  Eklund L., Rimpelä A., Aro S. (1990): Terveydenhuollon tutkimus- ja kehittämishankkeiden rekisteröintijärjestelmä (Developing the Register System of the Health R&D Projects). The National Board of Health. Publications no 153. Helsinki.


b) Presentations in international conferences:

Buch Mejsner S., Kristiansen M and Eklund Karlsson L. (2018) (Poster): Migrants’ perceptions of equity in Serbian health care, December 2018, European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_4). Presented in the EUPHA conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27/11, 2018


 Ikonen AL, Eklund Karlsson L, Tanggaard Andersen P and Aro AR. (2017) (Poster).Training of trainers in active learning methods at the Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Conference on Teaching for Active Learning – TAL2017. 7th, November  2017, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

 Eklund Karlsson L, Pettersen C and Aro AR (2016) (Poster): Governance and Youth Participation in local policy making – The case of health policies in Denmark (under the umbrealla of the REPOPA Project ). EUPHA conference, Austria, Vienna, 9-12 November, 2016. Published in European Journal of Public Health 26, Suppl 1.

 Nguen T, Eklund Karlsson L & Takahashi R. (2016) (Full conference paper). How to write evidence synthesis reports for policy makers: a 9 step practical manual. Cochrane Colloquium, Korea, Seoul, 23-27 October, 2016.

 Nguen T, Takahashi R, Kuchenmueller T and Eklund Karlsson L (2016). (Full conference paper). Facilitating the use of evidence for decision-making – a review of 64 WHO Health Evidence Network synthesis reports and its impact. What Works Global Summit: The Campbell Collaboration. UK, London, 26-28 September, 2016.

 Eklund Karlsson L et al. (2015) (poster): How are equity aspects articulated n public health policies in KSA. EUPHA Conference in Milan, 14-17 October, Milan, Italy. European Journal of Public Health, 2015; 25:suppl 3:

Lau CJ, Glümer C, HPEM, Spitters, , Sandu P, Rus D, Eklund Karlsson L, van de Goor LAM. (2015). (Poster) Impact of policy game on insight and attitude to inter sectoral policy processes - EU country cases within REPOPA project. EUPHA Conference in Milan, 14-17 October, Milan, Italy. European Journal of Public Health:  2015; 25:suppl 3:

 Eklund Karlsson L and Crondahl K (2013) (poster): Increasing Critical Health Literacy of Roma People trough Participatory Action Research. IUHPE World Conference of Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand, 25-30 August, 2013.

 Crondahl K and Eklund Karlsson L (2013) (oral presentation): Work integrated learning as a tool for Roma inclusion. IUHPE World Conference of Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand, 25-30 August, 2013.

 Eklund Karlsson L, Aro AR, Dohrmann S, Tanggaard Andersen P, and Lærjekar E (2013) (organizer of workshop and facilitation of the workshop): Research-based health promotion education - transferability across cultures (workshop). The Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference, 17-19 June, 2013, Vestfold, Norway.

 Eklund Karlsson L, Aro AR, Larsen M and Fredsgaard M (2013) (oral presentation): REPOPA- Research into Policy to enhance Physical Activity – 5-year international study. The Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference, 17-19 June, 2013, Vestfold, Norway.

 Eklund Karlsson L, Fosse E, Povlsen L, Regberg S, and Sandstig G (2013) (organizer of workshop and facilitation of the workshop). The concept of ‘Equity in Health’ in the Nordic countries – how can it be applied and addressed more clearly in policy making? The Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference, 17-19 June, 2013, Vestfold, Norway.

 Eklund L (invited speaker): EU Roma Strategy: from policy to regional and local practice. EU Conference organized by the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe. Wednesday September 26, Brussels, 2012. The conference will feature a debate on the EU definition of Roma (which right now is somewhat vague), the participation of Roma, the legal aspects of migration and the EU's wider social policy and social protection regarding Roma.

 Eklund L, Crondahl K, Colak E and Miftar F (oral presentation): Empowerment and Participation in Knowledge Share of Roma People in West-Sweden. 4th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Europe. Milano, Italy, 21-23 June, 2012

 Eklund L (invited speaker in 3 different sessions): World Health Organization Annual Business and Technical Conference: Governance for health at the local level: people, citizens and assets for health – Initial consultation with local governments on the new health policy for the WHO European Region – Health 2020. Liege, Belgium, 15-18 June 2011:

a) Invited speaker in a round-table discussion: Improving Roma health by addressing social exclusion processes at the local level

b) Invited speaker in parallel session: case studies and teach-ins: Addressing Roma Health at the Local level

c) Invited speaker in a round-table parallel session: Civil society mobilizing for health and well-being

Eklund L (invited speaker): Increasing Roma participation in social and working life through empowerment and work-integrated learning. EU financed conference under the umbrella of EU Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme, Cittalia. 11 March 2011, Venice, Italy.

 Eklund L and Eriksson M (poster): Salutogenesis and Empowerment and Prominent approaches for a sustainable health promotion – Some theoretical comparisons. 8th annual HTAi meeting – HTA for Health Systems Sustainability. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25-29 June, 2011.

 Eklund L, Crondahl K, Sunnemark F, Andersson Å and Palmroth K (Poster): Health, quality of life and well-being of Roma People in West Sweden. IUHPE World Conference of Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 – 23 June, 2010. (page 1806)

 Hassler, S, Eklund L, Crondahl K, Sunnemark F, Andersson Å and Palmroth K (Poster): Sense of Coherence among adult Roma People in West Sweden. IUHPE World Conference of Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 – 23 June, 2010. (page 1807)

 Eklund L, Regber S, Torp S, Ringsberg K, Thorpenberg S. (Poster): Workplace health promotion in the Nordic countries – A review of literature 1986-2008. 8th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion and Education. Turin, Italy 9-13 September, 2008.

 Eklund L: (Organizer of Workshop, facilitator and speaker): WHO Health Evidence Network Annual meeting. Pre-conference for the Health Technology Assessment International  Conference HTAi 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

 Eklund L, Jonsson Egon, Wallace Jane: (Poster): The WHO/EUROs Health Evidence Network – Solid evidence for sound decisions. Health Technology Assessment International HTAi 2004. The 1st Annual Conference, May 30-June 2, 2004, Krakow, Poland.

 Eklund L. (Oral presentation): The roles of the actors in the development of empowerment  - A Model of Reasoned Empowerment Action. 2nd Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Methods in the Service of Health. August 9-10, 2001, Göteborg, Sweden.

Eklund L. (Oral presentation). BRIMHEALTH as an example of international collaboration in public health training. 2nd Conference on Public Health Research in the Baltic Countries 15-18 June, 2000, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 Eklund L. (Poster). Evaluation of the process of community empowerment in local health promotion programmes. Conference on Public Health Research in the Baltic Countries 17-20 September, 1998, Tartu, Estonia.

 Eklund L. (Oral presentation). Developing tools for explicating and analysing the process of community empowerment in local settings. XVI World Conference on Health Promotion (IUHPE), 21-26 June, 1998, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 Eklund L. (Oral presentation and chair in one oral session). From Citizen participation towards community empowerment. 3rd European Conference on Health Education Effectiveness. 12-14.9.1996. Turin, Italy.

 Eklund L., Rimpelä Matti., Rajala Matti. Health promotive Coalition building in small cities. (Poster and Chair in 2 parallell sessions about Citizen Participation) VXth World Conference of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Makuhari, Japan 20.-25. August 1995.

 Koskinen-Ollonqvist P., Eklund L., Rajala Matti. (Poster). The Acceptance of the National HFA 2000 -program in the communities and in the NGOs. (Suomen terveyspoliittisen ohjelman vastaanotto kunnissa ja järjestöissä). 14th reporting symposium on health education research. Research and Development in health education 9.-10.12.1993 Oulu. Oulu University/ Department of Public Health Series: Public Health Sciences, Research 2/93. Oulu 1993.

 Koskinen-Ollonqvist P., Eklund L. ( Poster). Health Promotion in the Decisions of the Health Board of City Council. 2nd European Conference on Effectiveness of Health Promotion & Health Education. Vouliagmeni. Athens. Greece 5/1992.

Eklund L., Rimpelä Arja. (Poster) Health Education Research in Finland 1988. XIV IUHPE World Conference on Helath Education. Fair Centre. Helsinki 6/1991.

c) Technical editor of the following evidence reports:

Sánchez E (2006). What effects do mobile phones have on people’s health? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Health Evidence Network report;

Goodman C, Anise A (2006). What is known about the effectiveness of economic instruments to reduce consumption of foods high in saturated fats and other energy-dense foods for preventing and treating obesity? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe (Health Evidence Network report; 

Stewart-Brown S (2006): What is the evidence on school health promotion in improving health or preventing disease and, specifically, what is the effectiveness of the health promoting schools approach? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe.Health Evidence Network report;

Wallerstein N (2006). What is the evidence on effectiveness of empowerment to improve health? Copenhagen,WHO Regional Office for Europe (Health Evidence Network report;

Goodman C, Mukherjee D, Faulkner E (2006). How effective would antiviral vaccination and antiviral drug prevention and treatment strategies be for reducing the impact of the next influenza pandemic? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Health Evidence Network report;

WHO Health Evidence Network (HEN): What is the effectiveness of antenatal care? (Supplement) (Banta DH). WHO/EURO, December 2005.

Organising of internationl scientific workshops:

Eklund L (organizer and chair): World Health Organization, Health Evidence Network (HEN) Meeting, Adelaide Convention Centre. In connection with the 3rd Health Technology Assessment International HTAi Conference 2006. 2-5 July, 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

Language skills:
Certificate in English language. Helsinki University. 23.05.1985
Certificate in Commercial English (level D, advanced), Marketing Institute, Helsinki 28.02.1997 

Certificate in Swedish language, Helsinki University. 06.05.1987

Finnish (mother tongue)


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