Shireen Jejeebhoy is a senior associate based in New Delhi, where she conducts research on adolescent health and development and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since joining the Population Council in 2002, Jejeebhoy has focused on some of the most under-researched topics in her field, helping to build evidence that informs and strengthens national policies and programs throughout India. Specifically, her work centers on young people, abortion, and violence against women; and on building the in-country capacity to conduct rigorous, policy-oriented research. With a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of researchers, she and her colleagues create an environment that enables Indians to make the best possible choices for themselves and their families. For instance, from 2004 to 2010 Jejeebhoy and her colleagues conducted the Youth in India Study, the first attempt to rigorously collect and provide evidence about the life and needs of young people in India. The study’s findings continue to inform youth-centered programs and policies throughout the country.
Before joining the Council, Jejeebhoy worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva as a scientist in the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, focused primarily on social science research on reproductive health issues. While there she implemented a program on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and provided support and technical assistance to more than 45 studies globally. She has written extensively on adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health, reproductive health and population, women’s autonomy, and gender-based violence in India.
Jejeebhoy has served on the councils of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the Asian Population Association, and the Indian Association for the Study of Population; and is a member of the Population Association of America. She is also a member of various boards of the International Institute for Population Sciences, Deccan College and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences; and serves on UNFPA’s Expert Advisory Group on Adolescent Pregnancy.
Jejeebhoy holds an MA and a PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.