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Core Team

The core team of Global Health and Development (GHD) consists of four experts, emerita professor and two visiting scholars. Additionally, we have research affiliates and PhD student working with us. Our role is to conduct transdisciplinary GHD research, provide GHD teaching at the University, and advocate for our key areas.

Meri Koivusalo, MD, PhD, MSc

Professor, Global Health and Development

Meri is has expertise in global and transnational health and social policy, trade and global governance for health. She is "globally" interested in global health issues, but she has a particular interest in the relationship between economic globalization, trade and health, health systems and politics and practice of global health policy-making. Meri has a background in public health medicine with a PhD in environmental health and MSc from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has co-authored and edited academic and textbooks in the area of global health as well as worked with Finnish government, European Commission, WHO-Geneva, UNRISD and a number of international nongovernmental organizations. Meri is currently member of the WHO expert panel on science and technology.


Skype: Korimee

Meri Koivusalo

Dr Mikko Perkiö, PhD, MSSc

University Instructor

Mikko has multifaceted expertise in global social development in the global South and North. His doctoral thesis (2016) “Women’s Education and Infant Survival. A Comparative Analysis of Eighty Low and Middle Income Countries” applies structural equation modelling for identifying pathways between women’s education and infant survival. Mikko’s courses on poverty, gender, and migration, as well as environment and technology reflect his sociological views to global health. He has been active in development research networks in Finland and UniPID executive board member in 2009-2014. His current research interests include macro comparative research on infant survival as well as health service and social protection reforms of informal sector workers.


Phone: +358 50 318 6183

Skype: mikko.perkio

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Mikko Perkiö

Associate Professor Salla Atkins, MA, PhD

Salla Atkins is a social scientist and associate professor in the New Social Research programme based in the Global Health and Development group at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also affiliated to the department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. For the past 16 years Salla has researched issues related to poverty, inequity, and health systems mainly in low-and middle-income contexts. She has an interest in multisectoral interventions to improve health, and the evidence-to-policy connection through evidence reviews and policy dialogue. Salla has coordinated large EU projects during her postdoctoral work and is currently leading a study in Mozambique on developing multisectoral collaboration between health and social services (CHEST project).


ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4116-893X

Salla Atkins

Dr Annariina Koivu, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher & Coordinator

Annariina has MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and PhD in Global Health from the Trinity College in Dublin. Her multi-disciplinary academic background combined with NGO and professional work experience have taken her to live in six different countries across the globe, including South Africa. Dr Koivu leads the research project on the global mapping of the maternity package, a social innovation from Finland. In addition to this, she is interested in a broad variety of topics within health systems strengthening in fragile states, social protection, health work force capacity building and holistic health information systems, and has particular expertise in TB. Additionally, her research has focused on the relationship between global media and various health related issues. Annariina has expertise in qualitative research and besides teaching, she has joined our team to contribute in our research strategies and developing research proposals for funding.


Annariina Koivu

Dr Anneli Milén, PhD

Professor Emerita, Global Health and Development

Anneli has expertise in global influences on health policy and health systems. She has a keen interest in the role of politics and ideologies in health and wellbeing across the globe. Anneli completed her Master´s and PhD in Finland and another Master´s Degree in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has academic experience in public health, has run a consultancy agency with a number of large EU-funded development projects, functioned as advisor in the Finnish national government, worked for WHO/Geneva and served long-term and short-term in about 30 countries.


Phone: +358 40 552 1337

Skype: AnneliMi

Anneli Milén

Professor Knut Lönnroth

Knut Lönnroth is a professor of Social Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. Professor Lönnroth worked for 14 years for the Global TB Programme at the World Health Organization. The past 25 years he has conducted extensive epidemiological, health systems and social science research with a major focus on tuberculosis. Presently, his research focuses mainly on social interventions for improved tuberculosis care and prevention. He coordinates the health and social protection action research and knowledge sharing network (SPARKS). Also Professor Lönnroth’s affiliation (2017-2018) with the University of Tampere, Global Health and Development Unit, steams from the shared interest in researching the role of social protection on health. Professor Lönnroth is a widely acknowledged scientist who have won numerous awards. See a more detailed profile with research interests through Karolinska Institutet.

Knut Lönnroth

Professor Vinod Diwan                  

Vinod K Diwan is Senior Professor and Director of Centre for Global Health at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden. Vinod is kindly advising and mentoring our evolving approach and activities in Global Health and Development. He has long and extensive experience of research and research training and funding. He has functioned as principle investigator for a number of large European Union funded projects.  

Vinod Diwan

Visiting Professors of Extended Stay

Throughout the year, many experts in global health and development come to visit, offer lectures, meet with students and faculty, discuss research, and explore other opportunities for collaboration and exchange. In addition to the many global experts residing in Finland, visitors from other countries come for a day or a year. Recent faculty guests for extended stay include those below.

Professor Alvin Caballes, Social Medicine Unit, College of Medicine, University of Philippines, Manilla, Philippines. Erasmus Plus program. November 11 - December 1, 2017.

Professor Connie Evashwick, George Washington University Milken Institute for Public Health. Visiting Professor. January 2018 - April 2018.

Assistant Professor Sumit Kumar, Manipal University, India, School of Public Health. Visiting scholar, Erasmus Plus program. February 1-28, 2018.

Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami, Visiting Professor. Associate Director of Global Development Academy at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. October 13-30, 2017.

Associate Professor Sanjay Pattanshetty, Manipal University, India, School of Public Health. Erasmus Plus program. May 5 - June 5, 2018.

Assistant Professor Binjwala Shrestra, Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Erasmus Plus program. March 12-16, 2018

Professor David Timberlake, University of California, Irvine. Fulbright Scholar. September 2017 - June 2018.

Doctoral students

Pauliina Aarnio (supervisors Teija Kulmala and Anneli Milén)

Jairous Miti (supervisors Salla Atkins, Mikko Perkiö and Anna Metteri)

Saeed Soleman (supervisors Mikko Perkiö and Anneli Milén)

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