Institute for Global Health


Prof Sarah Hawkes

Prof Sarah Hawkes


Institute for Global Health
30, Guilford Street


  • Professor of Global Public Health
    Institute for Global Health
    Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL


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/

For full details of our large EU-funded project in Bangladesh, see here: http://www.share4health.com/

Award year Qualification Institution
1999 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1993 DTM&H
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1989 MBBS
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
University College London
1986 BSc
Bachelor of Science
Sociology as Applied to Medicine
University of London

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 lead the newly established UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, details of which are available here: http://ighgc.org


Gender|*|Policy|*|Sexual Health

Research at IGH