Joint Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellow with British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Kirby.
Putu is a Social Epidemiologist whose research interests lie in the intersection of sexual and reproductive health and gender. With a background in global health, Putu has previously worked as an epidemiologist in Uganda, India and Indonesia, focusing on HIV and health access issues, particularly among marginalized populations. Putu recently completed her PhD where she researched the impact of social and structural factors, such as sex work venues, gender-based violence and geography on the reproductive health access and outcomes of sex workers living in Vancouver, Canada. Combining the use of quantitative, qualitative and spatial analyses, Putu’s postdoctoral research seeks to elucidate the influence of structural and interpersonal violence, including the criminalization of sex work and HIV, on the sexual and reproductive health of marginalized women at risk and living with HIV in both Canada and South-East Asia. Putu has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.