Sara Causevic

Sara Causevic

PhD student

About me

Sara Causevic (MA, MSc) is a PhD student at the Global and Sexual Health research group at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, and a Research Assistant at the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, based in Stockholm, Sweden. 

She is also a Lancet Commissioner, with the "Lancet-SIGHT Commission on peaceful societies through health and gender equality". 

Her main areas of academic and policy interest are global health policy and governance, health systems, forced migration and health, and social and political determinants of health for migrants. She has a special interest in the effective translation of research into policy and practice.

Her previous experience includes training at the ECDC and working on the “Evidence-based guidance on screening for infectious diseases among migrants to the EU/EEA” as a member of the ECDC Migrant Health Task Force. During 2012-2015, she worked with the UNFPA as a Programme Analyst on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV, Youth, and Emergency Preparedness, and as a UN Cares focal point for BiH. Prior to that, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the 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 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 research projects and policy work.

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

Sara is the co-founder of Women in Global Health Sweden.

Research description

As a doctoral candidate, her research focus is on sexual and reproductive health and rights of the migrant population and the broader determinants of health. The research focus is on the risk behaviors and risk factors of migrants, more closely looking into SRHR and embedding the research in the broader global health in the light of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

She has published academic articles in the field of global public health, migration and health and health policy in peer-reviewed journals, such as The British Medical Journal. 

Areas of expertise include:

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Youth
  • Global Health
  • SDG3
  • Migrant population


Peer-reviewed publications:

1. Tomson G, Causevic S, Ottersen OP, Swartling Peterson S, Rashid S, Wanyenze RK, et al. Solidarity and universal preparedness for health after covid-19. BMJ [Internet]. 2021;372:n59. Available from: 

2. Siddiqi S, Aftab W, Siddiqui FJ, Huicho L, Mogilevskii R, Friberg P, Lindgren-Garcia J, Causevic S, et al. Global strategies and local implementation of health and health-related SDGs: lessons from consultation in countries across five regions. BMJ Glob Heal [Internet]. 2020 Sep 7;5(9):e002859. Available from:

3. 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 [Internet]. 2019 Jul 1;9(7):e029407. Available from:

4. 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 [Internet]. 2019 Dec 15;17(1):17. Available from:

5. Friberg P, Causevic S, Dahlstrand J, Segersten U, Tomson G. The 2030 Agenda: A Survival Kit for Humanity. Mol Front J [Internet]. 2019 Dec 4;03(02):166–72. Available from:

Technical documents:

Blogs, debate articles and opinions:

Conference proceedings:

  • “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)

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