Martina E. Gustavsson

Martina E. Gustavsson

Postdoctoral Researcher
Visiting address: Solnavägen 1 E, 11365 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Burström, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a reg. nurse with a Phd and master in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet. I recently defended my doctoral thesis on moral conflict in health crises in the research group Global Disaster Medicine - Health Needs and Response. My master thesis focused on reintegration & coping strategies among former girl soldiers in Northern Uganda. I have worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sierra Leone, South Sudan, DRC and Haiti. In DRC I was involved in the response to the Ebola-outbreak. I have also worked with an Emergency Medical Team in Addis Abeba at a COVID-field hospital. I have clinical experience from the Primary healthcare, inpatient care and coordination of gynecological day-surgery. Education: * PhD, Global Health, Karolinska Institutet * Master’s degree, Global Health, Karolinska Institutet * Course, Global Development, Södertörns Högskola * Course, Peace and conflict studies, Linnéuniversitetet * Bachelor degree, Nursing, Linnéuniversitetet


  • I have just concluded my PhD on Ethical challenges and moral (di)stress among health care workers in disaster like settings, titled: Moral conflicts in health crises: Swedish health care workers’ experiences and management of moral stress. The aim of the thesis is to better understand what determinants are crucial to moral stress and moral distress and how that can affect health care workers in extreme situations such as disasters. The PhD was a collaboration with National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry at Uppsala University and the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at KI. It was funded by the National Board of Health and Welfare.


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  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2026
  • Phd Student, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2020-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2024
  • Degree Of Master Of Medical Science 60 Credits, Karolinska Institutet, 2011

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