Prof. Dr. Janina Steinert


Global Health

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Steinert‘s (*1989) research focus lies primarily in the fields of global health and development economics. Research topics include the examination of inter-dependencies between poverty and disease, the prevention of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, and the identification of ethical challenges in development research. In prior projects, she has implemented randomised controlled trials as well as behavioural games in countries of the Global South and has conducted several systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Prof. Steinert studied Political Science at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and holds a Master’s degree and a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford (UK). Prof. Steinert was a Post-Doc at the Development Economics department at the University of Göttingen until joining the TUM School of Governance as Professor in “Global Health“ in 2020.


  • "Highly commended" voting for the Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Award (with Professor Lucie Cluver), University of Oxford, 2018
  • Nautilus Award for exceptional academic achievement, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, 2018
  • Barnett Prize for best research paper, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, 2018
  • Teresa Smith Prize for best thesis at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, 2014

Ebert C, Steinert JI: “Prevalence and risk factors of violence against women and children during COVID-19, Germany”. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2021.


Steinert JI, Khan S, Mafara E, Wong C, Mlambo K, Hettema A, Walsh FJ, Lejeune C, Mazibuko S, Okello V, Ogbouji O, De Neve JW, Vollmer S, Baernighausen T, Geldsetzer P: “A stepped-wedge randomised trial on the impact of early ART initiation on HIV-patients’ economic outcomes in Eswatini”.  eLife. 2020; 9: e58487.


Steinert JI, Cluver LD, Meinck F, Nzima D, Doubt J: “Opening the Black Box: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Social and Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Changes in Financial Behaviour”. Journal of Development Studies. 2020; 56(12): 2327-2348.


Kaplan L, Kuhnt J, Steinert JI: “Do no harm? Field research in the Global South: Ethical challenges faced by research staff”. World Development. 2020; 127: 104810.


Steinert JI, Cluver LD, Meinck F, Doubt J, Vollmer S: “Household Economic Strengthening through Saving and Budgeting: Evidence from a Field Experiment in South Africa”. Journal of Development Economics.  2018; 134: 443-466.