Institute for Global Health

Prof Sarah Hawkes

Prof Sarah Hawkes

Professor of Global Public Health

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2009

Research summary

My research focuses on the following areas:

> Regulatory and policy options for control of non-communicable diseases, particularly in low- and middle-income countries

> Analysis of the extent to which global health organisations are gender-responsive 

> Analysis of how empirical evidence is used in decision-making processes in global health priority-setting, policy formulation, and programme implementation. 

My work is funded by a variety of donors including EU, Wellcome Trust, ESRC, MRC and the UN. 

I am Director of the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health: http://ighgc.org/

I am co-Director of Global Health 50/50: https://globalhealth5050.org/

Teaching summary

I am co-organiser of the module Power and Politics in Global Health. 

I supervise PhD students, particularly those who are interested in gender and the politics of decision-making in global health. 


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
, | 1999
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
, | 1993
University College London
, | 1989
University of London
, | 1986


I am Professor of Global Public Health, and lead a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender. I have lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where I have gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health, non-communicable diseases and human rights. I work closely with national governments, civil society organisations, research partners, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East. From 2012-1014 I was Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in International Public Engagement, and focused on the use of public engagement in policy processes. 

I am co-Director of Global Health 50/50: https://globalhealth5050.org/  - the leading initiative on accountability for gender equality in global health.