Amanda Cleeve

Amanda Cleeve

Assistant Professor
Visiting address: BioMedicum A4, Solnavägen 9, 17165 Solna
Postal address: K6 Kvinnors och barns hälsa, K6 NOGRH Gemzell Danielsson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am an assistant professor in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, a midwife and an abortion provider at Karolinska University Hospital. I have a masters degree in Global Health and my PhD thesis focused on access to and quality of post abortion care in Uganda, focusing on young women and topics such as task sharing, midwifery, reproductive agency, and quality of care

    As a postdoctoral researcher I continued focusing on these topics in different settings, and began working more around the issue of self-managed medical abortion and telemedicine. As an assistant professor, my research interconnects multiple research fields, including obstetrics and gynaecology, midwifery, public health, epidemiology, and social science. My work is centered around issues most pertinent to health systems and human rights – 

  • specifically the rights of women and girls to decide over their own bodies. My work strives to build health systems that can better meet the multifaceted sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls and uphold their rights. I work across the low- to high- income country spectrum, always with the aim to improve access to and quality of care and reduce health inequities.


  • Current work include:

    • The MPAC IUD project in Uganda aiming to improve access to postabortion IUDs (co-investigator and main supervisor of PhD-student). 
    • The EmpoderAR project in Argentina: A project in which we study self-managed community-based abortion using web-based Respondent driven sampling combined with qualitative research. This is an international collaboration that we conduct together with CEDES and CREP in Argentina, the WHO, Geneva and RIVM in the Netherlands. (project PI)
    • Telemedicine Sweden. RCT and qualitative work on medical abortion via telemedicine (co-investigator and main supervisor of PhD-student). 
    • The QUALI-DEC project ( EU-funded implementation science project in four low- and middle-income countries (co-investigator and process evaluation lead)
    • How-Far-is-Too-Far project: Multi-country project led by CART, UBC Canada, on the safety of first trimester medical abortions. (co-investigator) 
    • SISTERs Co-design intervention project in Malawi and Benin. (co-investigator)  


  • In the future I wish to expand my work on no-test medical abortion and on the intersection between intimate partner violence and abortion. I have worked and continue to work closely with the department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at the WHO, and the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (PUA) team. I recently joined the Editorial Board as an Associate Editor for BMC Reproductive Health. 


  • Education
    PhD, MSc, RNM




  • I regularly teach in the Midwifery program in the department of Womens and Childrens Health. I am the course leader for the course Maternal and Child Health within the Global Health masters program in the Department of Global Public Health, at Karolinska Institutet. I supervise master students in their thesis writing and supervise PhD-students as main and co-supervisor. From August 2024 I sit on the Board for Research Education in the department of Womens and Childrens Health. 


All other publications


  • Midwife, Gynaecology - Abortion Care, Karolinska University Hospital, 2023-
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2029
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2019
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Midwifery, Karolinska Institutet, 2015
  • Degree Of Master Of Medical Science 60 Credits, Karolinska Institutet, 2012

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