Lana Chikhungu
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


I graduated from the University of Malawi in 1994, with a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Economics. I joined the Malawi National Economic Council as Economist in 1996 where I worked until August 2002. 

In 2000 I pursued an MA in Economic Development and Policy Analysis at University of Nottingham.  After completion of my MA in 2001, I moved to the Malawi Ministry of Finance for a brief period before moving to the United Kingdom the same year.

In 2008, I pursued an MSc in Demography and then after a PhD in Social Statistics from 2009 to 2013, studying child undernutrition in Malawi at University of Southampton. 

From 2012 to 2015 I worked as Teaching Fellow at University of Southampton, teaching units on Population and Reproductive Health and Research Methods. 

I joined the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer International Development Studies in 2015.

Research Interests

My research focuses on child and maternal health, gender and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa, but more especially in Malawi.

  • Child undernutrition
  • Girls education
  • Violence against women
  • Female Genital Mutilation 


I am Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies and I lead the MSc International Development Studies which is a DL part time course.  Under this course I teach Theory and Practice of Development, Applied Research Methods for Development and Population and Reproductive Health.

I have recently undertaken a study on the impact of school fees and school expenses in Malawi.  The findings from this study will inform the design of policies and programmes to keep girls in school and prevent child marriage.

My current research activity involves analysis of the 2015 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey data sets to study violence against women in Malawi and explore the trends and patterns of child undernutrition in Malawi.

I contribute to the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population and Policy working paper series and the paper on violence against women in Malawi can be found here.

Following on my previous study on seasonal variation of child undernutrition in Malawi, I am currently working on a research proposal to investigate to what extent time allocated for child care, type and quantity of food consumed may explain seasonal changes to child nutritional status. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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