Sara Causevic

Sara Causevic

PhD student

About me

Sara Causevic (MA, MSc) is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet. Her research focuses on sexual risk-taking among migrants in Sweden. Her academic interests include health policy and governance, health systems, HIV prevention, gender-based violence, and adolescent and youth health. She is studying and writing on intersections of conflict, climate change, poverty, and other global threats' effects on humanity.

Her experience includes being a Lancet Commissioner with the "Lancet-SIGHT Commission on peaceful societies through health and gender equality", focusing on SDG 3, SDG 5 and SDG 16. She has a proven track record of leading teams to implement projects in healthcare delivery and health systems transformation. She is an effective communicator, collaborating with various partners in different sectors and initiating novel networks for stakeholder collaboration over a common vision, such as Women in Global Health Sweden.

Sara is affiliated with the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Also, she was trained at the ECDC and worked with the start-up scene in Sweden. Her experience also includes working at the UNFPA as a Programme Analyst. Prior to that, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. She was also working for Novartis Pharma AG and engaged with Sanofi, two of the top-10 pharmaceutical companies globally, as a Drug Regulatory Affairs Officer and advising on Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance issues.

She has fifteen years of experience in consultancy and program management experience and is skilled in leading global and public health research projects and policy work.

She holds a MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc and MA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo.

Research description


Peer-reviewed publications:

Causevic S, Salazar M, Orsini N, Kågesten A, Ekström AM. Sexual risk-taking behaviors among young migrant population in Sweden. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):625. doi:10.1186/s12889-022-12996-2

Yamey G, Arya AN, Bhutta ZA, Causevic S, et al. A call for an immediate ceasefire and peaceful end to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Lancet. March 2022. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00571-2

Tomson G, Causevic S, Ottersen OP, et al. Solidarity and universal preparedness for health after covid-19. BMJ. 2021;372:n59. doi:10.1136/bmj.n59

Siddiqi S, Aftab W, Siddiqui FJ, et al. Global strategies and local implementation of health and health-related SDGs: lessons from consultation in countries across five regions. BMJ Glob Heal. 2020;5(9):e002859. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002859

Ho S, Javadi D, Causevic S, Langlois E V., Friberg P, Tomson G. Intersectoral and integrated approaches in achieving the right to health for refugees on resettlement: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2019;9(7):e029407. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029407

Kane JC, Elafros MA, Murray SM, Mitchell EMH, Augustinavicius JL, Causevic S, et al. A scoping review of health-related stigma outcomes for high-burden diseases in low- and middle-income countries. BMC Med. 2019;17(1):17. doi:10.1186/s12916-019-1250-8

Friberg P, Causevic S, Dahlstrand J, Segersten U, Tomson G. The 2030 Agenda: A Survival Kit for Humanity. Mol Front J. 2019;03(02):166-172. doi:10.1142/S2529732519400157

Technical documents:

“Youth policy 2016-2020 Republika Srpska”, 2015; Available from:… 

“Post-2015 National Consultations in BiH: Culture and development - Final Report by the UN Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, November 2014; Available from:… 

“The implementation of Breast and Cervical Cancer screening programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, December 2013; Available from:… 

Blogs, debate articles and opinions:

”Utmaningar som utrikes födda kvinnor möter är mångfaldiga”. Solvig E, Causevic S. Dagens Medicin. March 2019. Available from:… 

Conference proceedings:

“Sexual risk-taking behavior among young migrant people in Sweden” - ECTMIH 2021, Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Volume 26 suppl 1 pp 3–251, September 2021;

“Total content of phenols and anthocyanins in flowers of some plants” - 31.FEBS Congress Molecules in Health and Diseases, Istanbul, Turkey June 2006;

“Urinary dopamine sulphate: regulations and significance in neurological disorders” - XV. Congress of Clinical Laboratory Federation, Antalya, Turkey, September 2007

Teaching portfolio

Lecturer at the graduate and undergraduate levels on topics related to SRHR, Health policy and management, Sustainable Development Goals and UHC, and Migrant and refugee health.


University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Master of Science in Global Health Policy

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Fulbright Scholar, Graduate Research Scientist at the Department of Health Policy and Management and Center for Public Health and Human Rights

University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Master of Arts, Chemical Engineering – Biochemistry

University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Fulbright Visiting Research Scientist Scholarship, USA (2011-2012)