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Ms Sandie Szawlowski
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  • Research Assistant
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a health economist studying health behaviours of vulnerable groups.


I have a BSc (2014) and MSc (2015) in Economics. After finishing my MSc I joined the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, University of Melbourne and was based there for nearly four years. My work focussed on the health, behaviours and wellbeing of patients and doctors. I was also the data manager for the “Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life Australia's national longitudinal survey of doctors” survey.


I joined the Institute for Global Health, UCL, in 2020. I work on two projects based in Africa (Senegal and Cameroon) which aim to understand behaviours in order to improve the design of health policies in low-income countries.

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Protecting women from economic shocks to fight HIV in Africa (POWER) - uses biobehavioural surveys, SMS diaries and focus groups/interviews to measure and understand the role of economic shocks on HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) incidence. This project will follow a new cohort of 1,500 women (aged 15 – 24) in Cameroon who engage in transactional sex or commercial sex. A randomised controlled trial (RCT) will be embedded in the study to measure the cost-effectiveness of a formal shock-coping strategy to prevent STIs among women in Africa.


Optimising the Public Health Benefits of Sex Work Regulation in Senegal: A Formative Study – explores FSWs preferences by following an established cohort of 600 FSWs in Senegal. This project uses a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to understand FSWs unobservable registration policy preferences and to define a policy preferred by both FSWs and policymakers.

Before joining UCL, I was a Research Assistant on the following projects: 

- Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL), University of Melbourne, Australia (2017 - 2019)

- Maximum Acceptable Risk of Complication in Total Knee Arthroplasty (MARKA), University of Melbourne, Australia (2017 - 2019)

- Big data analysis of gender, VicHealth, Australia (2016 - 2017)

- Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy, University of Sheffield (2015 - 2016)

Teaching Summary

 I teach postgraduate students on the MSc Health Economics and Decision Science course at UCL. The modules I teach on are: Microeconomics for Health (2020/21) and Econometrics (2020/21).


I am also a personal tutor (for two MSc students in the 20/21 MSc HEDS cohort) and I was the primary supervisor for two MSc HEDS (econometric analysis) dissertations in the 19/20 MSc HEDS cohort.


I previously taught undergraduates on the Globalisation and World Economy (Department of Economics) module at the University of Melbourne.

01-FEB-2020 Research Assistant Institute for Global Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2018 Research Fellow Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research University of Melbourne, Australia
01-APR-2017 – 01-MAY-2018 Health Economist Department of Surgery University of Melbourne, Australia
01-OCT-2016 – 01-APR-2017 Research Assistant   VicHealth, Australia
01-SEP-2015 – 01-JUN-2016 Research Assistant Department of Economics University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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