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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Claudia Hanson

Clinical knowledge meets implementation science: Valuable transdisciplinary thinking or too difficult for an elevator pitch?

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In her inaugural lecture, Professor Claudia Hanson will share her experience of moving through different disciplines, institutions, and countries – always with the passion to improve health for women, mothers and their babies in low- and middle-income settings.

Reflecting on her personal life and her career pathway she will discuss the burden and underlying conditions together with the health systems constraints which lead, every year, to four million lost lives in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

Her work integrates clinical & public health thinking, implementation & research, and balancing the needs of women & healthcare workers.


Professor Claudia Hanson, LSHTM

Claudia Hanson

Claudia Hanson’s career path has evolved from her personal experience of being an adolescent mother, specialising in Gynecology and Obstetrics, working in district health systems in Tanzania and finally moving to research with a focus on health systems research and implementation science. Claudia lived and worked in Tanzania for three different assignments: 2001-03 to strengthen district health systems for reproductive health (German Development Service), 2005-07  to support the World Bank-funded multisectoral AIDS program in Tanzania (German cooperation, GIZ) and again 2013-14 to coordinate a large household survey for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has been working since 2016 at the school with projects in India and Tanzania evaluating quality improvement interventions. While having a part-time employment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Claudia's main home at present is Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, where she leads several larger implementation science projects with partners in over 15 countries. Her main interest lies in trials and process evaluations aiming to find ways to improve the quality of pregnancy and childbirth care – linking back to her experience as a young mother. Claudia holds several advisory roles for the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) as well as for the World Health Organization including on maternal mortality estimations. At present she is a visiting scientist at the Centre of Excellence for Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Nairobi. 

Event notices

  • The lecture will be followed by an in-person drinks reception from 18.15 - 19.15 in G90
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