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Maria Waling

Senior lecturer and associate professor in Food and Nutrition.

ORCID ID:0000-0001-9743-8567

Research qualifications: Docent



Works at

Lärarutbildningshuset, Plan 4, Lärarutbildningshuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


My research concerns various aspects of food and meals in children and adolescents. The past 10 years, I have performed research on health, social and educational perspectives on school meals. I also do research on food insecurity in a Swedish context.

I have also done research on how overweight and obesity can be prevented through lifestyle changes related to food habits and physical activity.

I have a great interest in different research methods and have experience in carrying out different dietary assessment methods and validating dietary assessment methods. I have competence in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and in conducting randomized controlled trials.

In 2018 I was rewarded with a price from "Kunliga Skytteanska Samfundet" which is a price that a young, successful researcher at Umeå University receives.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9743-8567

Research supervision

I am the supervisor of three doctoral students. I am the main supervisor for Ana Karina Pastrana Polo, who works with a project that concerns food insecurity among adolescents in Sweden. Ana Karina is part of the national research school InSyNC.

I am an assistant supervisor for Susanna Sandberg, who works with a project called "A school lunch for all" and she is part of The Graduate School in Educational Sciences at Umeå University.

I am also an assistant supervisor for Hilde Weiser, who focus on sustainable eating among adolescents in the Swedish Arctic. Hilde is part of The Arctic Graduate School with a focus on Sustainable Development at Umeå University.


My teaching mainly focuses on children's and young people's food habits, school meals, dietary assessment methods and scientific methods. I supervise and examine student theses at basic and advanced level.


During 2019-2021 I was the head of department and during the years 2014-2018 I was the assistant head of department and responsible for the research.

Health Education Journal, Sage Publications 2024, Vol. 83, (1) : 29-39
Berggren, Linda; Waling, Maria; Olsson, Cecilia
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
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.
Nutrients, MDPI 2021, Vol. 13, (3) : 1-15
Mårtensson, Alexander; Stomby, Andreas; Tellström, Anna; et al.
Endocrine Connections, Bioscientifica 2021, Vol. 10, (9) : 1101-1110
Otten, Julia; Stomby, Andreas; Waling, 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.
Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease, Wiley-Blackwell 2019, Vol. 8, (2)
Otten, Julia; Andersson, Jonas; Ståhl, Jens; et al.
The Lancet Public Health, The Lancet Publishing Group 2018, Vol. 3, (11)
Bergman, Frida; Wahlström, Viktoria; Stomby, Andreas; et al.
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.
Cell Symposia Exercise Metabolism, 21-23 May, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
Otten, Julia; Stomby, Andreas; Waling, Maria; et al.
Endokrindagarna, 1-3 februari 2017, Uppsala, Sweden
Otten, Julia; Stomby, Andreas; Waling, Maria; 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.
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.
Nordisk Nutrition, Swedish nutrition foundation: 2014, (4) : 8-10
Waling, Maria; Hörnell, Agneta
International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Rome, Italy, 14-17 May
Svensson, Åsa; Waling, Maria; Bäcklund, Catharina; et al.
Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, (247389)
Svensson, Åsa; Waling, Maria; Bäcklund, Catharina; et al.
Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, Vol. 2012
Waling, Maria; Bäcklund, Catharina; Lind, Torbjörn; et al.
Journal of Nutritional Science, Vol. 1 : 1-11
Waling, Maria; Larsson, Christel
Annual meeting of the FAS research center EpiLife, 10 march 2011, Gothenburg, Sweden
Svensson, Åsa; Waling, Maria; Bäcklund, Catharina; et al.
Umeå: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för kostvetenskap 2011
Waling, Maria
Journal of Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition 2010, Vol. 140, (10) : 1793-1798
Waling, Maria; Lind, Torbjörn; Hernell, Olle; et al.
The 7th International Conference in Diet and Activity Methods
Waling, Maria; Larsson, Christel
Journal of Nutrition, Bethesda: American Society for nutrition 2009, Vol. 139, (3) : 522-527
Waling, Maria; Larsson, Christel