Neetu Ann John

Neetu John specializes in Population and Reproductive Health and has worked for over a decade in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She applies an interdisciplinary lens to understand how gender and other structural inequalities impact health and development outcomes, and designs and tests programmatic and policy solutions to resolve the inequities. She has designed and implemented complex research studies such as randomized control trials and impact evaluations, nationally representative population-based surveys, and qualitative studies. Her work explores inter-linkages between issues such as women's empowerment, gender-based violence, household dynamics, care work, spousal relationship quality, child marriage, reproductive and economic empowerment in low and middle-income countries. She has worked in several countries such as Nigeria, Malawi, Morocco, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and India. She has is a recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenge Award for Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development, and the World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiatives' Development Market Place Award for Innovations in gender-based violence Prevention, and is widely published in journals such as the International Perspective on Sexual and Reproductive health and the Feminist Economics.

Research Interests

Adolescent / Young adult developmental transitions
Health inequities
Reproductive justice
Sexual violence
Social Determinants
Teen pregnancy
Parenthood programs
Unintended pregnancy
Unmet need for contraception


Other: Demographic and Health Surveys