Sabina F Rashid

PhD, MSc

Dean and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

Professor Rashid joined CGSRHR in 2004 when it was set up and was appointed Dean in 2013. She has a PhD, Masters and Bachelors in anthropology and public health from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Professor Rashid oversees the overall leadership and management of the School in its four core pillars (education, training, research, and advocacy) to inform practice and policies. She founded the Centre of Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the School in 2008 and, in 2013, co-founded the Centre on Urban Equity and Health.

Her areas of research and teaching interests are ethnographic and qualitative research, with a focus on gender, health, human rights, and services amongst urban populations, adolescents, and marginalised groups in rural and urban Bangladesh. She is particularly interested in examining the impact of structural inequalities and inequities and intersectional factors that affect the ability of these populations to realise their health and rights and to find solutions to address these challenges.

During her career, she has been awarded over US$19 million in research/capacity building grants and has over 90 publications to date. She was awarded the 2018 Heroines of Health global award. She has led several multi-country research and capacity-building grants with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), University of Amsterdam, Radboud University, EngenderHealth, Guttmacher Institute, African Population Health Research Centre, CREA, TARSHI, BRAC, Government of Bangladesh, national NGOs, and networks of marginalised communities.

Professor Rashid is a member of several national and international committees and working groups including Rockefeller-BU 3-D Commission led by Boston University, COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science Working Group, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, and the MRC Wellcome Trust Joint Health Systems Research Committee. She was a Visiting Scientist & Andelot Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from May to July 2022.

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