Sayeed Unisa

Professor and Former Head, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
International Institute for Population Sciences

Field of Study: Demography, Public Health/ Epidemiology, Statistics
Specialization: Biodemography and Genetics, Data Collection and Processing, Education and Schooling, Estimates and Projections, Gender Roles-Differentials, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Reproductive Health (Family Planning)
Regional focus: South Asia, Southeast Asia
Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), International Institute for Population , Demography, 1992
Indian Association for the Study of Population
Working languages: English
Other association membership in population or related fields: Asian Population Association (APA), International Statistical Institute (ISI)
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I have 34 years of teaching and research experience. Published five books in the area of health and population.  A recently edited book entitled “Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Global South and North: Issues, challenges, and the future” is published by Routledge, London.  I had received Royan International Award for the community-based study on infertility in Andhra Pradesh, India. Published around 100 papers in the peer-reviewed journals on infertility, gender, and reproductive health issues.


I have presented papers at international conferences in the 17 different countries on infertility, gender, and reproductive health.  I have also organised four international conferences and seminars and quite a few national level seminar.  Worked as Chairperson and Session organizer on the issue of “Infertility: addressing its causes and providing treatment” in XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference organized, Organized by the International Union for Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) –  Busan, South Korea, 26-31 Aug 2013.



1. BAssisted Reproductive Technologies in the Global South and North: Issues, Challenges and Future, Edited by  Rozee G.V. and Sayeed Unisa, Rutledge, London, 2016.

Population, Environment and Health Edited by, Sayeed Unisa, T,V,Sekhar, C. Chandershekhar, A.Singh, L.K.Dwivedi, M.R.S.Pradhan, IIPS and Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2016.

Barkkotoky, K., Unisa, Sayeed, Gupta, A.K.(2017). State-level Dietary Diversity as a Contextual Determinant of Nutritional Status of Children in India: A Multilevel Approach. Journal of Biosocial Science. page 1 of 27,  Cambridge University Press,doi:10.1017/S0021932017000013

Unisa, Sayeed, Chattopadhyay, A. Fulpagare, P. and  Sinha, A. (2016). Food Security and Nutritional Status of Children in Maharashtra, IIPS Working Paper 12, IIPS, Mumbai.

Pujari, S., Unisa, Sayeed.(2016). Knowledge and Awareness of Men about Infertility and their Involvement in Fertility Treatment: Rural Men's Voices from Andhra Pradesh, in Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Global South and North: Issues challenges and the future by Rozee G.V. and Sayeed Unisa(eds), Routledge, London, pp 65-77.



Honorary or professional positions and awards:
May 2009 to July 2009 -Visiting Professor,International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (Under Bilateral Collaboration Programme of Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Netherlands

1991-Royan International Award for the community-based study on infertility in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Organization for Scientific Research (NWO))

Research grants:
UNICEF, UNFPA, Ford Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Government of India, Government of Gujarat,