Sara Causevic

Sara Causevic

PhD student at the Department for Global Public Health.
Commissioner in the Lancet Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality.

About me

PhD Candidate at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, within the Global and Sexual Health research group.

I am also a Commissioner with the "Lancet Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality", focusing on SDG 3, SDG 5, and SDG 16.

My previous experience is with the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and I also worked with ECDC and UNFPA. Before that, I 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. I was also working with Novartis Pharma AG and engaged with Sanofi, two of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies globally.

I have a proven track record of leading teams implementing healthcare delivery and health systems transformation projects and initiating novel networks for stakeholder collaboration over a shared vision, such as Women in Global Health Sweden.

Research description

My PhD thesis focuses on sexual risk behaviors among young migrants and key populations in Sweden. 

My academic interests include health policy and governance, health systems, and systemic risks to health. I am particularly interested in the intersections of conflict, climate change, poverty, and other global threats' effects on humanity. 

Technical documents:

"UN Joint programme on Girls Education (JPGE), phase III, Malawi" (NORAD, 2021)

"EU support for current and future support to Sida for health" (Sida, 2021)

"Multidimensional Poverty Analysis (MDPA) in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Sida, 2021)

"Overview of SRHR investments in Kenya" (Sida, 2021)

"Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus – opportunities for Regional Office in addressing SRHR needs, Sub-Saharan Africa" (Sida, 2021)

"SGD Track progress in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Sida, 2021)

“Youth policy 2016-2020 Republika Srpska” (2015)

“Post-2015 National Consultations in BiH: Culture and development - Final Report by the UN Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (2014)

“The implementation of Breast and Cervical Cancer screening programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (2013) 

Blogs, debate articles and opinions:

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

”En investering i kvinnors och barns hälsa är en investering i fred”. Causevic S. Wannous C, Nyberger K. Omvarlden. 2022.…

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.


Master of Science in Global Health Policy, University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2019)

Fulbright Scholar, Graduate Research Scientist at the Department of Health Policy and Management and Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)

Master of Arts, Chemical Engineering – Biochemistry, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2011)

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2006)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

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