Mats Målqvist

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Mats Målqvist is professor of global health and the director of SWEDESD - Sustainability Learning and Research Center ( His research centers on social sustainability, with a focus on equity and empowerment. He has published 120+ scientific articles within the areas of implementation science, SRHR, maternal, newborn and child health, and health systems delivery.

He is currently the dean (prodekan) of education at basic and advanced level at the medical faculty.


  • child health
  • envmed008
  • health equity
  • health systems
  • maternal health
  • neonatal health
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights (srhr)
  • social sustainability
  • sustainable development


Mats Målqvist is a medical doctor by profession, and has a Master’s degree in Media and Communications Studies. He earned his PhD in International Health in 2010 at Uppsala University. Mats Målqvist became Associate Professor in 2013 and Professor of Global Health in 2018. Since 2022, he is the director of SWEDESD, a transdisciplinary centre for health equity, sustainability and transformation at the Department of Women's and Children's Health ( Mats Målqvist is founder of SIHI Sweden (

Mats Målqvist is currently the vice-dean of education at basic and advanced level at the medical faculty. He is representing the Disciplinary domain of Medicine and Pharmacy in the Uppsala University steering group of ENLIGHT.

Between 2013-2016 he, as the Executive Director, developed and established Siphilile Maternal and Child Health, a community-based organisation working in maternal and child health in Eswatini.

As a medical doctor, Mats Målqvist has specialized in emergency medicine (2007-2010) and pediatrics (2010-2013).

Ongoing and recent external assignments
Swedish Medical Society's Committee on Global Health (2024-ongoing)
Ethical advisor HOLICARE (2024-ongoing)
World Council of Churches' Commission on Health and Healing (2023-ongoing)
National Board of RFSU (2021-ongoing)
Co-editor of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (2016-ongoing)
Member of Swedish National Committee on Global Environmental Change (2022-2023)
FORTE - assessment committee for project grants (2022)
Swedish Research Council - assessment committee for international postdoc grants (2017-2018)
Chair of Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) NeoSupra trial (2018-2019)

Ongoing and recent assignments within Uppsala University
Chair of Master's Program Committee at the Medical Faculty (2020-2023)
Chair of Internationalization Committee at the Medical Program (2016-2023)
Department Board member (Women's and Children's Health (2017-2023)
ERASMUS Coordinator at the Department of Women's and Children's Health (2019-2023)
Member of Electoral College (2019-ongoing)
Mentor within the iMPACToR mentorship program (2020-2022)
Board member, Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) (2021-2022)
SACO/UU board member (2020-2022)
Representative ANSER - Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy


The main focus of Mats Målqvist’s research has been on the implementation of interventions for improved maternal and child health in low and middle-income settings. He has participated in and led large population-based trials in Vietnam as well as hospital-based studies in Nepal. He has been working in Swaziland, leading and implementing a community-based peer support intervention addressing socio-economic barriers to health. Structural determinants of health is another focus area of Prof Målqvist, exploring inequities in health and the impact of different interventions on unjust differences in health outcome and social sustainability.

Mats Målqvist has supervised 8 PhD students to completion as main supervisor and been the co-supervisor for 5 PhDs. He is currently main supervisor for 5 and co-supervisor for 4 PhD students.


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