Dr Marisa Casale is an honorary research associate both with Oxford University’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention and the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She has a multi-disciplinary background, having obtained her first degree in Banking and Economic Science (University of Siena, Italy), her Masters in Development Studies (University of Padua, Italy) and her PhD in Health Psychology (UCT, South Africa).
Marisa started her career in finance, working for an Italian development bank, but has spent the past twelve years conducting health research in South and Southern Africa. She has been a Senior Researcher and Health Governance and Finance Programme Head at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) and a Senior Teaching and Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Social Health and Intervention. She has worked extensively within multi-country partner networks, including organisations such as UNAIDS, IFPRI, Metropolitan Life, IDRC, ODI, SIDA, South African government departments and international university partners. Foci of her multi-disciplinary research have included HIV prevention among youth, the economic aspects of HIV, social networks and health, and caregiver and child health in the context of HIV.