Kampala Geopolitics Conference

Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali


Sarah Ssali is an Associate Prof. and Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies and the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Notions of Identity at Makerere University. She is a Social Scientist with a PhD in International Health Studies. She is an experienced researcher with vast experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, social networks analysis, ethnographic methods, life histories, and narratives, to mention a few.

She has researched and published in health systems, health financing, HIV and AIDS, post-conflict settings, hidden behaviours and the oppressed minorities in society. Gender and ethical issues have been overarching principles in all her research. Sarah Ssali teaches identities, institutions and social transformation, which includes understanding how certain behaviours and identities become normalised and dominant.

She also teaches Politics and the State from a gender perspective, as well as Fundamentals of Social Science and Health, highlighting gender relations in policy and practice, the effects of policy and how policy shapes identities and citizenship. She is currently involved in several research projects funded by UKRI, MRC, WHO and Makerere University, where she plays different roles as Principal or co-investigator and researcher. She is also a member of the advisory board of SIHI (Uganda), a social innovation hub showcasing locally developed health improvement strategies.


Kampala Geopolitics Conference 2023
The rapidly growing African population – Is the continent set for a demographic dividend? (Makerere University)