Signe Svallfors fall 2019

Signe Svallfors

PhD Student

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Works at Department of Sociology
Telephone 08-16 31 33
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 8
Room B 877
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen, Demografiska avdelningen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a doctoral student in sociological demography at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. In my dissertation I study how local violence in the Colombian armed conflict has affected women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). I combine material from three sources: information about local conflict violence, survey data on individual women’s SRHR, as well as expert interviews with SRHR organizations. The dissertation aims to fill a gap in knowledge about health outcomes of war, or how armed conflict as context affects individual women’s reproductive empowerment, measured as e.g. contraceptive use, fertility intentions and outcomes, gender-based violence, and access to reproductive health care.

The spring semester 2020 I am a visiting scholar at the Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Signe Svallfors, Sunnee Billingsley. Studies in family planning 50 (2), 87-112

    This study explores how armed conflict relates to contraceptive use in Colombia, combining data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program and Demographic and Health Surveys 1990-2016. Our study is the first systematic effort to investigate whether and how violent conflict influences women's contraceptive use, using nationally representative data across all stages of women's reproductive careers. With fixed effects linear probability models, we adjust for location-specific cultural, social, and economic differences. The results show that although modern contraceptive use increased over time, it declined according to conflict intensity across location and time. We find no evidence that this relationship varied across socioeconomic groups. Increased fertility demand appears to explain a small portion of this relationship, potentially reflecting uncertainty about losing a partner, but conflict may also result in lack of access to contraceptive goods and services.

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Last updated: March 5, 2020

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