Lamisi Mbillah

Charismatic Christianity and Adherent Social Mobility in Ghana

Supervisors: Dr Martin Rew and Dr Robert Leurs

In Ghana, particularly in its major cities Charismatic Christianity is a vibrant religious expression which has grown leaps and bounds over its 30 year history in the country. Research on Charismatic Christianity in Ghana has been conducted by various scholars. However, the perspectives of members of these churches are rarely captured. Most of the focus has been on church structures and the leaders of these entities.

This study aims to explore the beliefs, values and teachings of these churches  and how these influence member actions towards social mobility.


Since 2005 Lamisi has worked all over Ghana on various projects. With the Carter Center and Guinea Worm Eradication Programme she has been a key player in the eradication effort. Unicef and Creative Storm engaged Lamisi as the main spokesperson for Universal Salt Iodisation in Ghana.

Following her MA she worked in the private sector for a multinational company where she was responsible for its corporate social responsibility programme. She currently sits on the board of an NGO, Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness (WATER) which as its name suggests provides water to deprived communities. Sustainability is also a key feature of WATER’s work. WATER's current project involves buruli ulcer endemic communities in Ghana.


  • BSC Zoology, University of Ghana
  • MA Development Studies, University of Ghana

Research interests

  • Sociology of religion
  • Gender and development
  • Water systems management