Kristi Sidney Annerstedt Profile

Kristi Sidney Annerstedt

Assistant professor

About me

Dr. Kristi Sidney Annerstedt, PhD is an Associate Professor in global health with three interconnected research areas; 1) complex behavior change interventions, 2) social protection programs to protect against financial hardships and 3) innovating costing methodologies using implementation science methodologies. Dr. Annerstedt has experience working in low and middle-income settings from five large EU funded projects MATIND, ALERT, QUALI-DEC, SMART2D, and IMPACT-TB. Her expertise is in economic evaluations (i.e. costing, cost-utility and cost-effectiveness analysis), qualitative methodologies, mhealth applications and evaluating complex interventions. She is an experienced mixed methods researcher with a strong skill set in epidemiological study design (retrospective and prospective cohort and cross-sectional), process evaluations and intervention acceptability.

Research description

She has recently begun working on two implementation projects funded by the EU on maternal health: ALERT (Action Leveraging Evidence to Reduce perinatal morTality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa) and QUALI-DEC (Appropriate use of Caesarean section through QUALIty DECision-making by women and providers). She will be supporting the health economic evaluations, developing the theory of change and supporting the process evaluation.

She also works with the IMPACT-TB project (implementing proven community-based active tuberculosis case finding interventions) in Nepal and Vietnam and with ExaCT TB in Uganda on designing an appropriate social protection intervention to support the diagnostic evaluation of TB. She supports the further development of the Social Protection Action Research Knowledge Sharing (SPARKS) network as a platform for dissemination and policy translation of research findings from the social protection related work.

She recently worked with the SMART2D project to address the gaps in the care and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Sweden, Uganda and South Africa. She also works with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases on elucidating the role of context and theories of change in non-communicable disease (NCDs) implementation research as well as standardizing variables used in diabetes research.

Teaching portfolio

Dr. Annerstedt enjoys teaching global health to doctoral students, MSc students and other departments at KI, specifically in the Radiology department. She also teaches about social protection and social consequences of ill health. She is a course leader for Global Health Economics for doctoral students. She also teaches qualitative research methodologies in the different master's programs at GPH and LIME departments. 


  • Doctoral Degree in Medical Science (PhD), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, 2015
  • Thesis: 'Nobody delivers at home now.' Who and why women participate in a conditional cash transfer program to promote institutional delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Master in Medical Science (MSc), Global Health and Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 2010
  • Thesis: Supporting patient adherence to antiretrovirals using mobile phone reminders: patient responses from South India
  • Bachelor of Science, International Business and Finance, Clarkson University, USA 2003

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Selected as a SIGHT-fellow for the period 2021-2023.