Dr. Sabrina Juran is a development sociologist, with more than 15 years of international professional and management experience in the areas of population and development, data and policy, adolescents and youth, as well as sexual and reproductive health.
She works as a Regional Technical Advisor for Population and Development at the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During her career at the Fund, Dr. Juran has worked in all major areas of population research and supported over one hundred National Statistical Offices in their efforts to strengthen their national population data system, focusing on the population census as the statistical backbone.
At UNFPA, she has trained more than 400 national statisticians and policy analysts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and coordinated and oversaw national efforts of data collection as well as census and survey data analysis. Throughout her career she has brought key issues of data and development to the highest level of the political agenda, including the United Nations Statistical Commission, National Policy Dialogues, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data or the World Data Forum. Dr. Juran serves on the IPUMS-International Advisory Panel (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series [IPUMS]).
Dr. Juran holds a Master’s degree (German Diplom) in social sciences and a PhD (Summa cum Laude) in sociology from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany and is currently pursuing a post doctoral degree in epidemiology at Munich’s Technical University, Germany.
Her academic interest is in building systems to reduce inequalities in access to health care, with a particular focus on diseases amenable to surgery. Her research aims at identifying geographical and socioeconomic health inequalities at a regional, national and subnational level by systematically studying aspects of vulnerabilities and resilience. Dr. Juran serves as Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Juran has lectured or spoken around the world on topics of population and development, global health inequalities, population and health data, research and policy formulation practice and translating evidence into policies and programs.
Sabrina performs stand-up comedy sometimes, with the ambition to use her stage time to educate others about topics such as population census, international migration, the power of maps, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using engaging communication techniques and bringing new ideas to unexpected places. Dr. Juran is passionate about addressing current imbalances in empathy and an advocate for the rights and wellbeing of migrants and their communities.
In her spare time, Sabrina is an avid runner, mapping every route she runs, and loves chocolate.