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Research presentation

Gloria Macassa

Research presentation

Gloria Macassa


Research subject: Public Health Science

Licensed Medical Doctor; Professor of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences (MIUN); Associate Professor in Social Medicine (KI).


  • Food Security and Health Equity (FSH Project)/2018-2024. The project is part of five year SIDA program and aims to study the relationship between food insecurity and chronic diseases; the role of food choice on health outcomes, climate change impact on food security and policy in food security and health. Partners: Eduardo Mondlane University, Uppsala University, Chalmers, University of Lund and Mid-Sweden University (Sweden); University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Nova Medical School (Portugal) and University of Warwick (UK).
  • CSR, Responsible leadership and sustainable human resources management for stakeholders health and well-being in low-middle and high income countries (CSR-RLESH Project)/2018-2024. The project aims to investigate the impact of CSR strategies, Responsible Leadership and SHRM on internal and external stakeholders health promotion in developed and developing countries. Partners: Mid-Sweden University, University of Malta, Stockholm University, Eduardo Mondlane University.
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Health Promotion (SESHP)/2018-2024). The project examines the role of social enterprises in health promotion in a context of sustainable development. Partners: Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Structural/Interpersonal Violence and Disparities in Health Outcomes (SIV-DipHE)-2021-2024. The project main objective is to understand how structural violence contribute to disparities in health outcomes. Also, the project will attempt to investigate syndemics of violence, structural violence and inter-personal violence impact inequalities in health and wellbeing. Partners: University of Porto, UEM.
  • Social and Environmental Sustainability and Health Equity (SESUHE)-2022-2025. The project is aimed to study how social and environmental sustainability and climate change impact on health inequities (especially urban health inequities) in low-, middle- and high-income countries using mixed methods. Also, the spatial distribution of commons in urban environments and their influence on health will be studied. Partners: Eduardo Mondlane University, and Loughborough University, University of Porto.

Past projects

EU-ABUEL (2008-2010); EU-PROMO (2008-2010); EU-Dove (2009-2013); ChildSA (2012-2015); GHOLDH (2012-2017); CAHI (2014-2019), Erasmus+ REVAMP (2019-2020).


Short Curriculum Vitae


I graduated in Medicine from Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo-Mozambique (1992). Thereafter, I was awarded a Master in Public Health Sciences with emphasis in Demography at Karolinska Institutet (1999) and a PhD in Epidemiology from Karolinska Institute (2004). Currently I am a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology and the research leader of the “Social Epidemiology, Population Health and Violence” (SEPHV) research group/network.

PhD Thesis

Poverty and health in different contexts- social inequalities in child mortality in Mozambique and 19th Century Stockholm . Karolinska Institute/CHESS.

Current Position (s)

2014 - Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Sweden

2013 - Professor of Public Health Sciences, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2011 - Associate Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

2011 - Associate Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Sciences Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2015 - af. Professor of Epidemiology, Epidemiology Unit-ISPUP, University of Porto Medical School.

Previous Position (s)

2012-2013 - Senior Lecturer in Public Health Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sweden

2010-2014 - Senior Lecturer in Public Health Sciences, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Sweden

2011 - Guest Researcher, Department of Psychology Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2007-2010 - Epidemiologist, Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences; Karolinska Institutet, (Research Group Health and Safety Promotion; sub Section Violence and Determinants of Health)

2005-2007 - Epidemiologist, Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences; Karolinska Institutet, (Research Group Health Equity and Policy Analysis)

1998 to date - Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Medicine, Mozambique

1992-1996 - Clinical Director, Malhangalene Health Centre, Ministry of Health, Maputo, Mozambique

1992 - Senior lecturer Public Health and Epidemiology, Department of Community Health, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

Activities in Peer Review Journals

Member of the editorial board (s)/current

  1. BMC Global Health Research and Policy
  2. Acta Medica Leopodiersia
  3. Guest Editor Frontiers in Public Health (Health services management and leadership-COVID-Style)
  4. Guest Editor Sustainability (CSR and stakeholders health and well-being)

Supervision of PhD Students

Completed: Ismail Yahaya, Bahareh Eslami, Diego Arturo Sarastri, Anne-Sofie Hiswåls, Ann-Kristin Eriksson, A.Eugenio .Z; DD.A; Hesamedin Abassi, Afroza Begun.

Current PhD students

  • Elias Militao, MSc Biotechnology. Thesis title: Food Insecurity and Health in Mozambican Households: Does Socioeconomic Position Matter? (Registered at Mid-Sweden University).
  • Elena Ahmadi, MSc Economics: Thesis title: Leadership Behaviour, Working Environment and Health in Award-winning Companies – a Manager and Subordinate Perspective (Registered at the University of Gävle).
  • Janete Mabuie, MSc Nutrition: Thesis title: Analysis of the National Breastfeeding Program in Mozambique (the role of traditional medicine/Food security/nutrition) (Registered at UEM).
Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Magnus Isaksson Updated: 2022-08-15
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