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About me

Postdoctoral researcher within the Global and Sexual Health research group at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet.

Previous professional experience as a research consultant to several international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Guttmacher Institute. I also have experience working with SRHR within the Swedish health-care system and improving the quality of sexuality education in Swedish schools. 


  • PhD from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2017)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology and global health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012).
  • Bachelor of Public Health from the University of Gothenburg (2007). 

Research description

My research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including family planning, HIV prevention and epidemiology, gender norms and gender-based violence. I am particularly interested in the SRHR of young people, and have studied topics such as determinants of teenage pregnancy in urban poor settings, factors that shape adolescent gender norms globally, young men’s fertility intentions, youth sexual dysfunction, and the quality of comprehensive adolescent health programs. Most of my research is located in low-and middle income countries and I have been part of several multi-county studies spanning sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe.

For my PhD thesis I studied the prevalence and patterns of sexual experiences and its association with gender norms among young adolescents (ages 10-14) in Nairobi slum settlements, as part of the Global Early Adolescent Study. The thesis can be found here and has also been published as a Development Dissertation Brief by Expertbyrån för Biståndsanalys (EBA).  

Areas of expertise include:

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Adolescent health
  • Very young adolescents
  • Gender, gender norms and health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Systematic reviews

List of publications

Teaching portfolio

Lecturer at graduate and undergraduate levels on topics related to SRHR, gender norms and health, adolescent health and SRHR, and behavior change models.

Academic honours, awards and prizes



"Boys Should Have the Courage to Ask a Girl Out": Gender Norms in Early Adolescent Romantic Relationships
De Meyer S, Kågesten A, Mmari K, Mceachran J, Chilet-rosell E, Kabiru Cw, et al
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 2017;61(4S):S42-S47

Marching to a Different Drummer: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Young Adolescents Who Challenge Gender Norms
Yu C, Zuo X, Blum Rw, Tolman Dl, Kågesten A, Mmari K, et al
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 2017;61(4S):S48-S54

Programme Reporting Standards (PRS) for improving the reporting of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes
Kagesten Ae, Tuncalp O, Portela A, Ali M, Tran N, Gulmezoglu Am

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among Adolescent Males in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Globally
Peitzmeier Sm, Kagesten A, Acharya R, Cheng Y, Delany-moretlwe S, Olumide A, et al

Sexual dysfunction among youth: an overlooked sexual health concern
Moreau C, Kagesten Ae, Blum Rw

Understanding Factors that Shape Gender Attitudes in Early Adolescence Globally: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review
Kagesten A, Gibbs S, Blum Rw, Moreau C, Chandra-mouli V, Herbert A, et al
PLOS ONE 2016;11(6):e0157805-

A Systematic Review of Reporting Tools Applicable to Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes: Step 1 in Developing Programme Reporting Standards
Kagesten A, Tuncalp O, Ali M, Chandra-mouli V, Tran N, Gulmezoglu Am
PLOS ONE 2015;10(9):e0138647-

Characteristics of youth who report early sexual experiences in Sweden
Kågesten A, Blum Rw
Archives of sexual behavior 2015;44(3):679-94

Male experiences of unintended pregnancy: characteristics and prevalence
Kagesten A, Bajos N, Bohet A, Moreau C
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2015;30(1):186-96

Prevalence and Determinants of Adolescent Pregnancy in Urban Disadvantaged Settings Across Five Cities
Brahmbhatt H, Kagesten A, Emerson M, Decker Mr, Olumide Ao, Ojengbede O, et al