Marie Habito

Senior Research Officer


Dr Marie Habito is a postdoctoral researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods and a background in international development.

Marie’s recent and current work aims to improve understanding of social determinants of young people’s health and wellbeing, with a special focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in resource-constrained settings. She is currently engaged in research projects on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the Asia-Pacific region, including:

  • a qualitative study on pathways to adolescent pregnancy across four countries in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Malaysia);
  • a pilot study for a tool to quantify child marriage and early union patterns and typologies in Indonesia and Lao PDR, and;
  • a sexual and reproductive health development project in Papua New Guinea, seeking to help make healthcare services more adolescent-friendly.

Marie is also co-leading a review of outcomes, risks, and determinants of young people’s health and wellbeing in the Middle East and North Africa.

Marie joined the Global Adolescent Health Group at the Burnet Institute in 2021, upon completing her PhD at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Her PhD study explored contexts, perceptions, and lived experiences of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood in the Philippines.

Before her PhD, Marie worked in the Philippines as an independent research consultant in development, conducting qualitative research with women, children, and smallholder farmers in communities across the Philippines, including disaster- and conflict-affected areas.


  • 2021: PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2013: MDevSt, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007: BSABM, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Projects (4)

Current (4)

  • Quantifying early marriage and union in Southeast Asia

  • Review of the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people in the Middle East and North Africa

  • SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project

  • Understanding Pathways to Adolescent Pregnancy in Southeast Asia

Publications (5)

2021 (2)

2019 (1)

2016 (2)

News Articles (1)

2022 (1)