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Dr Lana Clara Chikhungu

  • Qualifications: PhD in Social Statistics, University of Southampton, MSc in Demography, University of Southampton, MA Economic Development and Policy Analysis, University of Nottingham, BSoc Economics, University of Malawi
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6183
  • Email: lana.chikhungu@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography at University of Southampton from where I taught and coordinated modules in Quantitative methods, Research methods and Demography.  Prior to that, I worked with the Malawi Government's National Economic Council and Ministry of Finance as Economist.  My main responsibility was providing advice to policy makers on economic and development policies.  During this time, I participated on a qualitative study on people's perception on the impact of government policies and programmes on their poverty situation.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am responsible for the teaching of Theory and Practice of Development, Applied Research Methods for Development, Health and development at the Postgraduate level and Gender in the Developing World at Undergraduate level.


My research interest cuts across global health issues such as child health, maternal health and reproductive health and includes socio and economic development policy issues related to poverty alleviation in developing countries. I am currently working on the project titled: Globalised Africa: Mapping the Impact of Migration & Urbanisation on Gender Relations and Identities, which aims to understand how migration and urbanisation impact on social structures and perceptions that may positively or negatively affect the lives of men and women which is critical for the achievement of Sustainability Goal Five (the achievement of gender equality) and impacts on three key indicators within it education, health and ending violence against women and girls (VAWG).


Research profile

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