Shirin Heidari


Senior Research Fellow, Global Health Centre
Areas of expertise
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Gender and Health
  • HIV


Dr. Shirin Heidari is Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and principal investigator of a multi-country research project on sexual and reproductive health and rights in forced displacement. She is also Senior Technical Consultant on Gender at WHO, Gender, Equity and Human Rights unit.

Before joining the Global Health Centre, Dr. Heidari was the Executive Director of Reproductive Health Matters and Editor-in-Chief of its peer-reviewed journal, and prior to that she oversaw the Research Promotion Department of the International AIDS Society and was the editor of Journal of the International AIDS Society. She received her doctorate degree from Karolinska Institute in 2001, where she continued as an HIV researcher until she moved to Geneva in 2007.

She has been a board member of Amnesty International, Sweden and is the founding chair of the Gender Policy Committee of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). She is the lead author of the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and has given a TEDx Talk encouraging gender sensitive research and scholarly communication. She is also founding president of GENDRO, an association with the mission to advance gender-sensitive research and data analysis.

List of Publications

  • Heidari, S, Onyango M, Chynoweth, S. Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Crises at ICPD25+ and Beyond: Consolidating gains to ensure access to services for all. Sexual and Reprod Health Matters. 2019 (in press)
  • Magar V, Heidari S, Zamora G, Coates A; Simelela SP; Swaminathan S. Gender mainstreaming within WHO: not without equity and human rights. The Lancet 2019
  • Heidari, S., Bachelet, V.C. Sex and gender analysis for better science and health equity. The Lancet 2018
  • Sen G, Reddy B, Iyer A, Heidari S. Addressing disrespect and abuse during childbirth in facilities. Reprod Health Matters 2018
  • Lundine J, Bourgeault I, Clark J, Heidari S, Balabanova D. The gendered system of academic publishing. The Lancet. 2018
  • Onyango M, Heidari S. Humanitarian crises: advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.  Reprod Health Matters. 2017
  • DeJong J, Heidari S. Gendered bodies and reproduction in the Arab countries and Turkey. Reprod Health Matters. 2017
  • Addlakha R, Price J, Heidari S. Disability and sexuality: claiming sexual and reproductive rights
  • Sarah Pugh, Sapna Desai, Laura Ferguson, Heidi Stöckl & Shirin Heidari; Not without a fight: standing up against the Global Gag Rule, Reproductive Health Matters 2017
  • Heidari S. Sexuality and older people: a neglected issue, Reproductive Health Matters 2016
  • Heidari S, Moreno CG. Gender-based violence: a barrier to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Reprod Health Matters. 2016
  • Heidari S, Babor TF, De Castro P, Tort S and Curno M.  Sex and Gender Equity in Research: rationale for the SAGER guidelines and recommended use. Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016
  • Heidari S. Sexual rights and bodily integrity as human rights. Reprod Health Matters. 2015
  • Heidari S, Mofenson LM, Bekker LG. Realization of an AIDS-free generation: ensuring sustainable treatment for children. JAMA. 2014
  • Heidari S, Kippax S, Sow PS, Wainberg MA. Women hold up half the sky – and half the burden of the HIV epidemic. J Int AIDS Soc. 2013
  • Heidari S, Mofenson LM, Hobbs CV, Cotton MF, Marlink R, Katabira E. Unresolved antiretroviral treatment management issues in HIV-infected children. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012
  • Heidari S, Mofenson L, Cotton MF, Marlink R, Cahn P, Katabira E. Antiretroviral drugs for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV: a review of potential effects on HIV-exposed but uninfected children. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011