Sarah Hawkes is a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at University College London where she leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and human rights. She works closely with national governments, research organisations, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East.
Mannell, J., & Hawkes, S. (2017). Decriminalisation of gender-based violence is a global health problem. BMJ Global Health, 2 (3), e000438. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000438
Hawkes, S., & Buse, K. (2017). Gender myths in global health. LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH, 5 (9), E871
Hawkes, S., Buse, K., & Kapilashrami, A. (2017). Gender blind? An analysis of global public-private partnerships for health. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 13, ARTN 26. doi:10.1186/s12992-017-0249-1
Buse K, Hildebrand M, Hawkes S. (2016) A farewell to abstinence and fidelity? Lancet Global Health; 4(9: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30138-3
Buse, K., & Hawkes, S. (2015). Health in the sustainable development goals: Ready for a paradigm shift?. Globalization and Health, 11(1). doi:10.1186/s12992-015-0098-8
Puri, M., Misra, G., & Hawkes, S. (2015). Hidden voices: Prevalence and risk factors for violence against women with disabilities in Nepal Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health, 15(1). doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1610-z
Gamlin, J., & Hawkes, S. (2015). Pregnancy and birth in an indigenous Huichol community: from structural violence to structural policy responses. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 17(1), 78-91. doi:10.1080/13691058.2014.950334
Hawkes, S. (2014). Sexual health: a post-2015 palimpsest in global health? Lancet Glob Health, 2(7), e377-e378. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70036-1
Cooper, B., Toskin, I., Kulier, R., Allen, T., & Hawkes, S. (2014). Brief sexuality communication-a behavioural intervention to advance sexually transmitted infection/HIV prevention: a systematic review. BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, 121, 92-103. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.12877
Hawkes, S., Kismödi, E., Larson, H., & Buse, K. (2014). Vaccines to promote and protect sexual health: policy challenges and opportunities. Vaccine, 32(14), 1610-1615. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.09.039
Buse, K., & Hawkes, S. (2014). Health post-2015: Evidence and power. The Lancet, 383(9918), 678-679. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61945-5
Daruwalla, N., Chakravarty, S., Chatterji, S., Shah More, N., Alcock, G., Hawkes, S., . . . Osrin, D. (2013). Violence Against Women With Disability in Mumbai, India: A Qualitative Study. SAGE Open, 3(3). doi:10.1177/2158244013499144
Hawkes, S., & Buse, K. (2013). Gender and global health: Evidence, policy, and inconvenient truths. The Lancet, 381(9879), 1783-1787. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60253-6
Hawkes, S. J., Hasan, A., Tawil, O., & Buse, K. (2012). Managing research evidence to inform action: influencing HIV policy to protect marginalised populations in Pakistan. Global Public Health, 7(5), 482-494. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2012.663778
Ross, M. W., Crisp, B., Mansson, S. A., & Hawkes, S. J. (2012). Occupational health and safety among commerical sex workers. Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health, 38(2), 105 (119 pages). doi: 10.5271/sjweh.3184 Retrieved from: http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=3184
Low, N., & Hawkes, S. J. (2011). Putting the magic in magic bullets: top three global priorities for sexually transmitted infection control. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 87, II44-II46. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2011-050207
Church, K., de Koning, K., Hilber, A. M., Ormel, H., & Hawkes, S. (2010). Integrating sexual health services into primary care: An overview of health systems issues and challenges in developing countries. International Journal of Sexual Health, 22(3), 131-143. doi:10.1080/19317611003672823
Hawkes, S., Collumbien, M., Platt, L., Lalji, N., Rizvi, N., Andreasen, A., . . . Bokhari, A. (2009). HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men, transgenders and women selling sex in two cities in Pakistan: a cross-sectional prevalence survey. Sex Transm Infect, 85 Suppl 2, ii8-i16. doi:10.1136/sti.2008.033910
Platt, L., Vickerman, P., Collumbien, M., Hasan, S., Lalji, N., Mayhew, S., Hawkes, S. (2009). Prevalence of HIV, HCV and sexually transmitted infections among injecting drug users in Rawalpindi and Abbottabad, Pakistan: Evidence for an emerging injection-related HIV epidemic. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(SUPPL. 2). doi:10.1136/sti.2008.034090
Mayhew, S., Collumbien, M., Qureshi, A., Platt, L., Rafiq, N., Faisel, A., Hawkes, S. (2009). Protecting the unprotected: Mixed-method research on drug use, sex work and rights in Pakistan's fight against HIV/AIDS. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(SUPPL. 2). doi:10.1136/sti.2008.033670
Zaheer, H. A., Hawkes, S., Buse, K., & O'Dwyer, M. (2009). STIs and HIV in Pakistan: From analysis to action. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(SUPPL. 2). doi:10.1136/sti.2009.036038
Buse, K., Lalji, N., Mayhew, S. H., Imran, M., & Hawkes, S. J. (2009). Political feasibility of scaling-up five evidenceinformed HIV interventions in Pakistan: A policy analysis. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(SUPPL. 2). doi:10.1136/sti.2008.034058
Hawkes, S. (2008). Addressing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, in the context of sexual health. International Journal of Sexual Health, 20(1-2), 91-108. doi:10.1080/19317610802157093
Collumbien, M., Chow, J., Qureshi, A. A., Rabbani, A., & Hawkes, S. (2008). Multiple risks among male and transgender sex workers in Pakistan. Journal of LGBT Health Research, 4(2-3), 71-79. doi:10.1080/15574090902913651
Hawkes, S., & Collumbien, M. (2007). What do men want? Understanding what men in South Asia want from sexual health services. International Journal of Sexual Health, 19(3), 53-64. doi:10.1300/J514v19n03_07
Schensul, S. L., Hawkes, S., Saggurti, N., Verma, R. K., Narvekar, S. S., Nastasi, B. K., Risbud, A. (2007). Sexually transmitted infections in men in Mumbai slum communities: The relationship of prevalence to risk behavior. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 34(7), 444-450. doi:10.1097/01.olq.0000249776.92490.32
Buse, K., Martin-Hilber, A., Widyantoro, N., & Hawkes, S. J. (2006). Management of the politics of evidence-based sexual and reproductive health policy. Lancet, 368(9552), 2101-2103. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69837-1
Low, N., Broutet, N., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Barton, P., Hossain, M., & Hawkes, S. (2006). Global control of sexually transmitted infections. Lancet, 368(9551), 2001-2016. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69482-8
Aral, SO,. Hawkes, S., Biddlecom, A., Padian, N. Disproportionate impact of sexually transmitted diseases on women. (2004). Emerg Infect Dis;10(11):2029-2030. doi: 10.3201/eid1011.040623_02
Elwy R, Hart G, Hawkes S, Petticrew M. Evidence for interventions with heterosexual men: results from a systematic review. Archives of Internal Medicine 2002;162(16):1818-1830. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.16.1818
Hawkes, S., & Hart, G. (2000). Men's sexual health matters: Promoting reproductive health in an international context. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 5(7). doi:10.1046/j.1365-3156.2000.00594.x
Hawkes, S., Morison, L., Foster, S., Gausia, K., Chakraborty, J., Peeling, R. W., . . . Mabey, D. (1999). Reproductive-tract infections in women in low-income, low-prevalence situations: assessment of syndromic management in Matlab, Bangladesh. Lancet, 354(9192), 1776-1781. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10577639
Hawkes, S. (1998). Why include men? Establishing sexual health clinics for men in rural Bangladesh. Health Policy and Planning 13(2):121-130. Retrieved from: http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/2/121.full.pdf+html?sid=d6a24a3c-38e4-460c-b2ac-7ccb8ee3c1cb
Hawkes S. Investment case for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of syphilis: promoting better maternal and child health and stronger health systems. WHO, 2012. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/75480/1/9789241504348_eng.pdf
Hawkes S. Prevention and treatment of HIV and other STIs among men who have sex with men and transgender populations. WHO 2008. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/msm/msm_mreport_2008/en/
Aggleton P, Hawkes S, Wood K, MartinHilber A. Developing sexual health programmes: framework for action. WHO 2010. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/sexual_health/rhr_hrp_10_22/en/index.html
This programme involves evaluation of interventions for building the capacity of public health institutions and public health policy makers to use evidence for addressing non-communicable diseases, including addressing gender as a determinant, in Bangladesh. Activities include promoting Athena-SWAN type assessments of partner institutions in Bangladesh. €4 million EU funded.
A series of seminars and webinars have been organised in the UK, South Africa, USA, India and Nepal. The seminars are a forum for discussion on research addressing gender and health with a focus on masculinities in some settings. £30,000. ESRC funded.
Principal Investigator for research. This research used multidisciplinary methods including media analysis, policy analysis and qualitative in-depth interviewing. The research results were communicated to Government at national level meetings, and subsequently informed the design of future funding streams for funders and donors addressing gender-based violence in Nepal. Grant awarded £60,000 (UNFPA, UNWOMEN, UN-ESP).
Principal Investigator for research. A multi-disciplinary, multi-country research programme with three different research partners. Research used both quantitative and qualitative methods. Large degree of public engagement activity organized at the end of the research period in collaboration with women’s health and rights advocates across South Asia - including hosting an international conference in Kathmandu attended by media, activists, researchers, funders and senior policy makers from across the region. Grant Awarded €137, 000 (CREA, India).
Working with WHO to liaise with HQ and Regions on development of a conceptual framework to define elements of sexual health and its relationship to reproductive health. Lancet publication on work arising has had impact on conceptual understandings of sexual health across a number of multilateral institutions.
Principal Investigator of a large, multi-disciplinary national survey with a focus on communities with high risk or vulnerability. Supervised LSHTM staff based in Pakistan, liaised with collaborating institutions, the National AIDS Control Programme and DFID and organised on-site training in social science research methods. DFID funded GBP £1.4m.