Dr Lana Clara Chikhungu

Lana Clara Chikhungu

Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies

Phone: 023 9284 61483

Email: lana.chikhungu@port.ac.uk


Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth I worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography at University of Southampton where I taught and coordinated modules in Quantitative methods, Research methods and Demography. Before that, I worked with the Malawi Government's National Economic Council and Ministry of Finance as Economist and my main responsibility was providing advice to policy makers on economic and development policies. While in Malawi, I participated in a qualitative study on people’s perception on the impact of government policies and programmes on their poverty situation. I am the Course Leader of the new MSc International Development Studies Distance in which I will be coordinating and teaching the following units; Theory and Practice of Development, Applied Research Methods for Development and Health and Development. At the undergraduate level, I teach Gender in the Developing World and contribute to the teaching of Introduction to the Developing World and Economics and Politics of Development.

Research projects

My research interests span 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 and gender in developing countries.


Chikhungu LC, Bispo S, Rollins N, Siegfried N, Newell M-L. (2016). HIV-free survival at 12-24 months in breastfed infants of HIV-infected women on antiretroviral treatment. Tropical Medicine & International Health 21 (7)

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Chikhungu LC, Madise NJ. (2015). Trends and protective factors of female genital mutilation in Burkina Faso: 1999 to 2010. International Journal for Equity in Health

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Chikhungu LC, Madise NJ, Padmadas SS. (2014). How important are community characteristics in influencing children’s nutritional status? Evidence from Malawi population-based household and community surveys. Health & Place 30

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Chikhungu LC, Madise NJ. (2014). Seasonal variation of child under nutrition in Malawi: is seasonal food availability an important factor? Findings from a national level cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health

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