Marie Habito

Research Officer


Marie is a quantitative and qualitative researcher with a background in international development and a keen interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. As a PhD Candidate and Nossal Global Health Scholar, Marie studied social determinants, contexts, perceptions, and lived experiences of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood in the Philippines. She investigated what more can be learned about adolescent sexual and reproductive health through further analysis of existing survey data, the role of digital technology and social media in young Filipinos’ intimate relationships, pathways to adolescent pregnancy among Filipino youth, and Filipino young people’s lived experiences of parenthood.

Before commencing her PhD, Marie worked with non-profit local and international organisations based in the Philippines. She conducted qualitative research with women, children, and smallholder farmers in communities across the Philippines, including disaster- and conflict-affected areas.

Marie joined the Global Adolescent Health Group at the Burnet Institute in 2021. She recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Development Studies degree also from the University of Melbourne.


  • 2021: PhD Candidate (submitted), University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2013: MDS, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007: BSABM, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Projects (3)

Current (3)

  • Quantifying early marriage and union in Southeast Asia

  • SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project

  • Understanding Pathways to Adolescent Pregnancy in Southeast Asia

Publications (7)

2021 (2)

2019 (1)

2016 (2)

2014 (1)

2011 (1)