Bilde av Sommerseth, Hilde Leikny
Bilde av Sommerseth, Hilde Leikny
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology hilde.sommerseth@uit.no +4777644177 You can find me here

Hilde Leikny Sommerseth


Professor of historical demography


  • Louise Ludvigsen, Mads Perner, Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Rafael Nozal Cañadas, Anders Sildnes, Nikita Shvetsov et al.:
    Automated Coding of Historical Danish Cause of death Data Using String Similarity
    Digital Humanities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries Publications (DHNB Publications) 2023 DOI
  • Chi Quynh Vo, Per-Jostein Samuelsen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Torbjørn Wisløff, Tom Wilsgaard, Anne Elise Eggen :
    Comparing the sociodemographic characteristics of participants and non-participants in the population-based Tromsø Study
    BMC Public Health 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ingrid Hellem Nygaard, Sushma Dahal, Gerardo Chowell, Lisa Sattenspiel, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Svenn-Erik Mamelund :
    Age-specific mortality and the role of living remotely: The 1918-20 influenza pandemic in Kautokeino and Karasjok, Norway
    International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2023 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Petja Lyn Langholz, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Old-age mortality and social class in northern Norway in the first half of the twentieth century
    Scandinavian Economic History Review 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    What was Killing Babies in Trondheim? An Investigation of Infant Mortality Using Individual Level Cause of Death Data, 1830–1907
    Historical Life Course Studies 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Chi Quynh Vo, Per-Jostein Samuelsen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Torbjørn Wisløff, Tom Wilsgaard, Anne Elise Eggen :
    Validity of self-reported educational level in the Tromsø Study
    Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Gunnar Thorvaldsen :
    The Impact of Microdata in Norwegian Historiography 1970 to 2020
    Historical Life Course Studies 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Einar Holsbø, Trygve Andersen, Nikita Shvetsov, Johan Ravn, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth et al.:
    Lessons Learned Developing and Using a Machine Learning Model to Automatically Transcribe 2.3 Million Handwritten Occupation Codes
    Historical Life Course Studies 06. January 2022 ARKIV / DATA / DOI
  • Marko Kovacevic, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Tuberkulosedød i Nord - En demografisk studie av tuberkulosen i Tromsø kjøpstad 1878 til 1920
    Heimen - Lokal og regional historie 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Evelien Walhout :
    The Gendering of Infectious Disease: Classifying Male and Female Causes of Death in the Netherlands and Norway, 1880-1910
    Social history of medicine 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Born Dead or Alive? Revisiting the Definition of Stillbirths in Norway
    Historical Life Course Studies 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Emre Sari, Mikko Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Transgenerational Health Effects of In Utero Exposure to Economic Hardship: Evidence from Preindustrial Southern Norway
    Economics and Human Biology 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Evelien Walhout :
    Gorodskaia smertnost’ v Norvegii vo vtoroi polovine XIX v. (po materialam prikhodskikh knig Tronheima) [Mortality and Causes of Death in Late 19th-Century Trondheim, Norway (with Reference to Parish Registers Analysis)]
    Izvestiya Uralskogo federalnogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Gumanitarnye nauki 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Mikko Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    ‘I will learn from it for as long as I live’ – religious reading and functional literacy skills
    Scandinavian Economic History Review 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Gunnar Thorvaldsen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Lars Holden :
    Anvendelser av Norges historiske befolkningsregister
    Heimen - Lokal og regional historie 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Evelien Walhout :
    Death in the city: a view from 19th century church registers in Norway
    2019 FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    The Intergenerational Transfer of Infant Mortality in Northern Norway during the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
    Historical Life Course Studies 2018 FULLTEKST / ARKIV
  • Luciana Quaranta, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Introduction: Intergenerational Transmissions of Infant Mortality using the Intermediate Data Structure (IDS)
    Historical Life Course Studies 2018 FULLTEKST / ARKIV
  • Petja Lyn Langholz, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Doris Tove Kristoffersen, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock :
    Childhood socioeconomic position and later-life health – linking a modern health survey to 20th century historical population data
    2023
  • Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Maria Hiltunen Maltesdotter, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Trygve Andersen :
    Towards automated processing of historical causes of death by combining text classification algorithms with machine learning
    2023
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    A Critical View of Reported Age in Norwegian Historical Population Microdata
    2023
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Teaching historical demography: sources
    2023
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    The Norwegian Historical Population Register 1801-1964: Current status, Impact & Future prospects
    2023
  • Chi Quynh Vo, Tom Wilsgaard, Per-Jostein Samuelsen, Ellisiv Bøgeberg Mathiesen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Anne Elise Eggen et al.:
    Longitudinal cholesterol trends across educational groups: the influence of lipid-lowering drugs in the population-based Tromsø Study 1994-2016
    2023
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Ways of dying in the past: A demographic evaluation of the first Norwegian cause of death nomenclature
    2022
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    122 ways of dying: The development of a cause of death nomenclature in Norway
    2022
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    IDS & the Norwegian Historical Population Register
    2022
  • Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Trygve Andersen, Lars Ailo Bongo, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    What to do with the stubborn 3 percent?
    2022
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Norsk historisk befolkningsregister + Tromsøundersøkelsen = Sant
    2022
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Why Do We Die? The History of Reporting Cause of Death
    2022
  • Chi Quynh Vo, Per-Jostein Samuelsen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Torbjørn Wisløff, Tom Wilsgaard, Anne Elise Eggen :
    Validity of self-reported educational level in the Tromsø Study
    2021
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Towards a Harmonized Historical Coding System: Causes of Death in Norway
    2021
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    What was killing babies in Trondheim? An investigation of infant mortality using individual-level causes of death during the period 1830-1910
    2021
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Automated Approaches for transcription of 20th century Norwegian census microdata
    2021
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Trygve Andersen :
     A FAIR Approach to Harmonized Data
    2021
  • Lars Ailo Bongo, Bjørn-Richard Pedersen, Einar Holsbø, Trygve Andersen, Tim Alexander Teige, Nikita Shvetsov et al.:
    Automated approaches for Transcription of 20th Century Norwegian Census Microdata - Lessons Learned
    2021
  • Emre SARI, Mikko Antti Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Transgenerational health effects of in utero exposure to economic hardship: Evidence from preindustrial Southern Norway
    2021
  • Emre Sari, Mikko Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    A long shadow of mild shocks on health, the intergenerational perspective on the fetal origins hypothesis
    2020
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Trygve Andersen, Bjørn-Richard Pedersen :
    Automatic data coding of historic population data
    2020
  • Emre Sari, Mikko Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Economic Background Factors of Intergenerational Persistence of Health in Rendalen in the 18th and 19th Centuries
    2020
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Norsk Historisk Befolkningregister
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Norsk historisk befolkningsregister: et flergenerasjonelt blikk på aldring
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Familiær ulikhet i spedbarnsdødelighet
    2019
  • Arne Solli, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    The long-term spatial challenges: Intermediate Data Structure & Norwegian Historical Population Register
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Trygve Andersen :
    Norwegian Historical Population Register: Status & Future
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Towards a harmonized historical coding system: Causes of Death in Norway
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Arne Solli :
    Hotspot Cities: Exploring diagnostics, classification and spatial distribution of fatal measles infections in nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban mortality data
    2019
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Ongoing projects and future possibilities
    2019
  • Mikko Moilanen, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    Religious reading and human capital in 19th century Norway
    2018
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth :
    The Priest and the Doctor: Understanding the Diagnosis of Death in 19th Century Norway
    2018

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    Research interests

    Dr. Hilde L. Sommerseth (prev. Jåstad) holds a doctoral dissertation from the University of Tromsø, titled: Northern Co-residence across Generations in Northernmost Norway during the Last Part of the Nineteenth Century. Her research centers on historical demography, with a focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Family history is the nucleus of her research, stretching from studies on infant mortality to research on household composition. Research interests: Family, aging, fertility, mortality, ethnicity, gender history.