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Cecilia Olsson

Senior Lecturer, Associate professor in Food and Nutrition.

Research qualifications: Docent

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Associate professor at Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science Role: Assistant head of department

What I do at the department of food, nutrition and culinary science

I am assistant head of department for research and deputy head of department and contribute to teaching at the department's education and as supervisor for doctoral students in postgraduate education.


My research is primarily focused on nutritional and social importance of food and meals for people in different groups and within the framework of the Swedish welfare system, preferably school meals.

Doctoral supervision

I am currently supervising three PhD students. In a project entitled ‘A school lunch for everyone’, I am the main supervisor for Susanna Sandberg who is a doctoral student at the department. Susanna is also connected to The Graduate School in Educational Sciences at Umeå University. In another project at the department, ‘Dietitian online’, I am co-supervisor for Sarah Persson. I am also co-supervisor for Aleksandra Oravsky Sandström, at the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science at the University of Gothenburg.


My teaching in recent years has focused on sociological and psychological aspects of food and meals. I am also a supervisor and examiner of theses on ground- and advanced level.

Feel free to talk to me about:

School meals


I am a nutritionist and registered dietitian and have studied psychology for one year. Before my employment at Umeå University, I worked as a clinical dietitian, mainly in primary and pediatric care.

During the more than 20 years at the department, I have had assignments as head of department and program coordinator for the Dietitian Program. To a large extent, I have also been involved and responsible for program and course development. Over the years, I have contributed as a teacher on many of the department's courses and in all educational programs.

Læring gennem mad og måltider i grundskolen: teori og praksis fra Danmark, Sverige og Norge, Cappelen Damm AS 2023 : 131-146
Berggren, Linda; Olsson, Cecilia; Waling, Maria
Health Education Journal
Berggren, Linda; Waling, Maria; Olsson, Cecilia
Education Inquiry
Janhonen, Kristiina; Olsson, Cecilia; Waling, Maria
Food & Nutrition Research, Swedish Nutrition Foundation 2023, Vol. 67
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta; Waling, Maria
Cambridge Journal of Education, Routledge 2021, Vol. 51, (2) : 247-261
Berggren, Linda; Olsson, Cecilia; Rönnlund, Maria; et al.
Children's Geographies, Routledge 2020, Vol. 18, (3) : 339-350
Berggren, Linda; Olsson, Cecilia; Talvia, S.; et al.
International Journal of Home Economics, Bonn: International Federation for Home Economics 2020, Vol. 13, (1) : 15-29
Lindblom, Cecilia; Erixon Arreman, Inger; Olsson, Cecilia; et al.
Mat och ätande: sociologiska perspektiv, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2019 : 195-210
Olsson, Cecilia
Journal of School Health, Wiley-Blackwell 2018, Vol. 88, (10) : 744-753
Juniusdottir, Ragnheidur; Hörnell, Agneta; Gunnarsdottir, Ingibjorg; et al.
Health Education, Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2017, Vol. 117, (2) : 130-147
Berggren, Linda; Talvia, Sanna; Fossgard, Eldbjørg; et al.
Europe's Journal of Psychology, Vol. 13, (4) : 645-666
Jonsson, Bert; Waling, Maria; Olafsdottir, Anna S; et al.
International Journal of Celiac Disease, Science and Education Publishing 2017, Vol. 5, (3) : 115-124
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Health Education, Vol. 117, (6) : 540-550
Waling, Maria; Olsson, Cecilia
NNC2016 - 11th Nordic nutrition conference, June 20-22, 2016, Gothenburg
Berggren, Linda; Talvia, Sanna; Fossgard, Eldbjørg; et al.
Health Education Journal, Vol. 75, (8) : 961-971
Cecilia, Olsson; Waling, Maria
Food & Nutrition Research, Vol. 60, (1)
Hörnell, Agneta; Waling, Maria; Olafsdottir, Anna Sigridur; et al.
International Journal of Celiac Disease, Vol. 4, (4) : 138-145
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Archives of Disease in Childhood, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2016 : 1114-1118
Namatovu, Fredinah; Lindkvist, Marie; Olsson, Cecilia; et al.
BMC Pediatrics, BioMed Central 2016, Vol. 16
Namatovu, Fredinah; Olsson, Cecilia; Lindkvist, Marie; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 11, (10)
Olafsdottir, Anna S.; Hörnell, Agneta; Hedelin, Marlene; et al.
11th Nordic Nutrition Conference, 20-22 june, 2016, Gothenburg
Olsson, Cecilia; Mellberg, Sandra; Waling, Maria
Food and Nutrition Research, Co-Action Publishing 2016, Vol. 60
Waling, Maria; Olafsdottir, Anna S; Lagström, Hanna; et al.
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, Vol. 67 : 258-258
Talvia, Sanna; Lagstrom, Hanna; Laurinen, Maarit; et al.
Risk management for food allergy, Elsevier 2014 : 129-152
Husby, Steffen; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli
Journal of Nutritional Science, Cambridge University Press 2014, Vol. 3, (e2)
Kautto, Ethel; Rydén, Petra; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
BMC Gastroenterology, BioMed Central 2014, Vol. 14
Namatovu, Fredinah; Sandström, Olof; Olsson, Cecilia; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Sage Publications 2014, Vol. 42, (7) : 572-580
Namatovu, Fredinah; Strömgren, Magnus; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 20, (3) : 378-384
Ljung, Sofia; Olsson, Cecilia; Rask, Merith; et al.
Dietistaktuellt, Degeberga: Dietisternas riksförbund 2013, Vol. 22, (3) : 30-31
Mattsson Sydner, Ylva; Andersson, Agneta; Nydahl, Margareta; et al.
Reformation, revolution, evolution: universitetslärandet ur ett tidsperspektiv : konferensrapport, Umeå: Universitetspedagogiskt centrum (UPC), Umeå universitet 2013 : 91-93
Nylander, Annica; Olsson, Cecilia
European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 23, (1) : 73-73
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta
Journal of Clinical Nursing, Vol. 22, (7-8) : 1034-1043
Ottosson, Sandra; Laurell, Göran; Olsson, Cecilia
Drivers of Innovation in Pediatric Nutrition, S. Karger 2010 : 65-79
Nordyke, Katrina; Olsson, Cecilia; Hernell, Olle; et al.
Nordisk Nutrition, (2) : 31-32
Olsson, Cecilia
Real life with celiac disease: Troubleshooting and thriving gluten free, AGA Press 2010 : 213-216
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta
Journal of human nutrition and dietetics (Print), Oxford: Blackwell Scientific 2010, Vol. 23, (3) : 294-300
Öhlund, Karin; Olsson, Cecilia; Hernell, Olle; et al.
Qualitative Health Research, Sage Publications 2009, Vol. 19, (7) : 976-984
Olsson, Cecilia; Lyon, Phil; Hörnell, Agneta; et al.
Acta Paediatrica, Vol. 98, (2) : 337-342
Olsson, Cecilia; Stenlund, Hans; Hörnell, Agneta; et al.
Pediatrics, Vol. 122, (3) : 528-34
Olsson, Cecilia; Hernell, Olle; Hörnell, Agneta; et al.
Journal of human nutrition and dietetics (Print), Wiley Blackwell 2008, Vol. 21, (4) : 359-367
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
The XIIth International Celiac Disease Symposium : -
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta; Lönnberg, Göran; et al.
8th Nordic Nutrition Conference: Public Health Nutrition : -
Olsson, Cecilia; Hörnell, Agneta; Sydner Mattsson, Ylva
Rapport / Institutionen för kostvetenskap, Umeå universitet, 1
Ahlgren, Roger; Bergh, Kurt; Hauer, Cecilia; et al.
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.