Márta Radó

Márta Radó

Assistant Professor
Telephone: +46852487423
Visiting address: Nobels väg 12a, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C8 Medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik, C8 MEB Lichtenstein, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am an an assistant professor with a background on social epidemiology, social network analysis, and causal inference. I was a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus Medical Center (the Netherlands) and Linköping University (Sweden) and worked at Corvinus University of Budapest and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary).


  • My research focuses on understanding population health and health inequalities using complex methods, such as program evaluation methods, genetically informative family design, and social network analysis methods, based on linked administrative data and surveys. More specifically, my current projects aims: (1) to tackle inequalities in birth outcomes and health behaviors by disentangling the role of social networks, (2) to find ways to tease out environmental determinants of fertility and health beyond genetic ones, and (3) to evaluate how policy interventions can improve health and decrease health inequalities globally.


  • 1. Teaching:

    I have seven years of experience teaching statistics and programming. This year, I'm co-teaching a causal inference course for PhD students with Arvid Sjölander and Biostatistics 1 for master students with Zheng Chang. During my PhD and master's studies, I also taught Statistics and Methodology courses for both master's and bachelor's students.

    2. Supervision:

    PhD students:
    - Aleksandra Kanina, PhD thesis on prenatal and early life exposure to stress and risks of autism and ADHD (Co-supervisor, expected defence: 2025)
    - Balram Rai, PhD thesis on Small area analysis in epidemiology, with applications to mental health and socio-economic status (Co-supervisor, expected defence: 2026)
    - Angelo Giosuè Mezzoiuso, PhD thesis on Fertility treatment and maternal health (Co-supervisor, expected defence: 2026)

    Master students:
    -Olivia Sage Bannon, Study on the global association between tobacco taxes and socioeconomic inequalities in child health (Main supervisor, defense: 2023 June, currently employed at Imperial College London)
    -Lidija Marija Smertinaite, Master thesis on democratization and child health inequalities (Main supervisor, expected defense: 2024)
    -Lilla Habsz, Master thesis on Oppositional culture among Roma students using a longitudinal network analysis [Master thesis, article published, she received the 2nd prize at the Hungarian National Competition of Students and the excellent master thesis prize from the Hungarian Economical Association]

    Highschool student:
    -Adam Tiszay, project about social media and polarization using an agent-based model
    [Currently, he studies at Cambridge University (Mathematics Department), he received the best presentation award for this project at the annual RECENS intern conference]

    3. International experience:

    I was also a member of the steering committee of the International Max Planck Research School, i.e. an international population health doctoral program that aims to integrate data science, medicine, and social science to study population health. I was the coordinator of the internship program at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, RECENS (Description: Developing an internship program, advertising the call, interviewing, selecting, and managing 10-30 interns each semester)

    4. Certificates:

    I have completed Introductory Doctoral Supervision course and am currently following courses on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


All other publications


  • Tackling the spread of cigarettes and alternative nicotine products in social networks
    Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
    1 January 2024 - 31 December 2026
  • Does it take a village? The role of social networks in socioeconomic fertility differentials
    Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
    1 January 2024 - 31 December 2026
  • The puzzles of smoking inequalities and social network dynamics among adolescents
    Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
    1 April 2022 - 31 March 2024
  • Separated from each other? Social network intervention
    Sasakawa Young Leader Fellowship
    1 January 2019 - 30 November 2019
  • Tobacco control and child health
    Dutch Heart Foundation, Lung Foundation Netherlands, Dutch Cancer Society, Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation and the Netherlands Thrombosis Foundation
    1 January 2019 - 30 November 2021
  • The impacts of demographic life events on subjective well-being
    Research Excellent Fellowship, Awarded by Hungarian National Bank and Corvinus University of Budapest
    1 January 2015 - 30 November 2016
  • Bad neighbours?
    ERSTE Foundation Fellowship for Social Research
    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2016


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2028
  • Junior Researcher, demography, Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, 2017-2018
  • Junior Researcher, Junior Researcher, Hungarian Academy Computational Social Science - Research Center for Educational, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2015-2018

Degrees and Education

  • PhD in Sociology [Summa Cum Laude distinction], Sociology, Tracking the effects of life events on subjective well-being, Corvinus University of Budapest, 2019
  • MSc in Survey Statistics, Statistics, Eötvös Loránd University, 2013

Visiting research fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Linköping University, Investigating health inequalities and socioeconomic fertility differential using social network methods (principal investigator, secured grant independently), 2022-2022
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Erasmus MC, Health policy evaluation using systematic review, microsimulations, and quasi-experimental methods (e.g. synthetic control method and longitudinal data analysis), 2018-2021

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