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 (FSHp8)- Part of SIDA program 2018-2022. The project 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, University of Stelenbosch and, Nova University Lisbon); Elsa Maria Salvador, Jose da Cruz Francisco, Anneli Martila, Olalekan Uthman, Stig Vimberg.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Population Health and Marketing (CSR-PhaM)
  • Responsible Leadership and Stakeholders Health Promotion (RLeSH) (2018-2023). The project aims to investigate the impact of CSR strategies and Responsible Leadership on internal and external stakeholders health promotion. (Partners: University of Malta, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, ISPUP, Eduardo M.University).
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Health Promotion (SESHP) (2018-2023). The project examines the role of social enterprises in health promotion in a context of sustainable development. Partners: G. Caledonian University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences; Agneta Morelli, Anne-Sofie Hiswåls, Akmal Hyder, Olivia Kang, Mahmood Rezhagoli, Niclas Olofsson, Anneli Martila.
  • Climate Change and Contextual Health Inequalities (ClicH) (2018- 2023). This research assesses how climate change and its driving forces influence inequalities of health outcomes in urban and rural contexts. Partners: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences; Eduardo M. University Anneli Martila, Niclas Oloffson.


My main research interests are “Social determinants of Population Health" and “Population Dynamics and Health". Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions -- and their distribution among the population -- that influence individual and group differences in health status. They are risk factors found in one's living and working conditions (e.g. the distribution of education, income, wealth, influence, power). The distribution of social determinants is shaped by public policies that reflect the influence of prevailing political ideologies of those governing a jurisdiction.

In my research, I explore these determinants throughout the life-span: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life.


For more details regarding ongoing research projects and collaborating partners, see description of the SEPHV  Research Group. Pdf, 215 kB.

Book/reports of EU projects which colleagues and I participated in as coordinators:
EU-ABUEL Pdf, 385 kB.
Work Package Partners, EU-PROMO Pdf, 462 kB.
The projects dealt with abuse and neglect among elderly people in 7 EU countries as well as Best Practices of Mental Health Care among 6 marginalised groups in 14 EU countries.

Finished projects/HiG
- GHOLDH (Gävle Household and labour Dynamics and Health Outcomes (2010-2014)

- EXUN (Experiences of Unemployment and Health in Sweden and Portugal) (2013-2015)

- ESPHE (Experiences of Employment Precariousness and Psychological Health (2015-2016)

- Labour Market and Occupational Health Inequalities (GHOLDH; EXUN, ESPHE)

PhD Students
Completed: B. Eslami (MIUN/2013), Ismail Yahaya (MIUN/2015), D. A. Sarastri (UA/2015), A. Kristin Eriksson (MIUN/2016); Ann-Sofie Hiswåls (MIUN/2017); S. Hesamedin Abassi (MIUN/2018), A. E. Zac. (KI/ 2012), DA (KI/ 2010).

Current: - Elias Militao, MSc Biotechnology. Thesis title: Food Insecurity Among Mozambican Workers: A social Epidemiologic Approach (MIUN)

- Afroza Begum, M Public Health. Thesis title: Suicide Ideation among Adolescents in Rural Bangladesh (MIUN)

- Elena Ahmadi, MSc Economics: Thesis title: Leadership Behaviour, Working Environment and Health in Award-winning Companies – a Manager and Subordinate Perspective (HiG).

Published by: Veronica Liljeroth Page responsible: Magnus Isaksson Updated: 2021-05-26
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