Sophie Cousins (married name Bader) is an Australian health journalist and writer based in South Asia. Her work focuses on the systems that exacerbate gender inequality and the impact this has on women's and girls' health. She also writes frequently on infectious diseases and access to healthcare and medicines.
She is currently working on a book project about women's health in the region.
Her short and long-form work has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, Mosaic Science, the Lancet, British Medical Journal, the London Review of Books, NPR, Foreign Policy, Caravan, the Atlantic and NewsDeeply, among other publications.
She has reported from more than 15 countries across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Her work has been translated into several languages.
She has received multiple reporting fellowships from the United Nations Foundation and the National Press Foundation. She is a grantee with the South Asia Journalists Association which is supporting her work in 2017, and the International Reporting Project which is supporting her work in 2018. She is a journalism mentor at Coalition for Women in Journalism.
She graduated in 2016 with a Masters of International Public Health from the University of Sydney. Throughout her degree she worked with a team of doctors on several academic papers about disease outbreaks in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. She also studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney and international studies at the University of Sydney.