Shafinaz Sobhan

Doctoral Researcher

Shafinaz is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She joined the Climate Change and Health Working Group at PIK in November 2020 as a guest researcher. She investigates the role of behavior change intervention in improving food hygiene practices and reducing infections, as part of the Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Shafinaz holds a MSc in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and a Master in Public Health from the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Her research interests include behavior change interventions, maternal and child nutrition, climate impacts on health and program evaluation.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam



Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


2016 MSc in Nutrition for Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

2013 Master in Public Health, James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

2006 Bachelor in Social Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


December 2020 – Present: Doctoral researcher, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

January 2017 – November 2020: Research fellow, University of Heidelberg, Germany

September 2018 – August 2019: Visiting Sr. research fellow, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

August 2013 – September 2014: Behavioral change communication (BCC) advisor, Health, Nutrition & Population Program, BRAC, Bangladesh

Seiermann AU, Al-mufti H, Waid JL, Wendt AS, Sobhan S, and Gabrysch S. (2021): Women’s fasting habits and dietary diversity during Ramadan in rural Bangladesh. Maternal and Child Nutrition, no. November 2020: 1–13.