Ms Nakawala Lyapa Lufumpa MPP, BA

Ms Nakawala Lyapa Lufumpa

Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Nakawala is a doctoral researcher within the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Her doctoral research is a multi-method study in which she investigates the relationship between energy poverty and child undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Nakawala also has prior research experience in the following areas:

  • Maternal mortality in low and middle income countries
  • Universal health coverage in low and middle income countries
  • Health system strengthening in low and middle income countries
  • Child development in high income countries
  • Child health inequalities in high income countries 


  • Master of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Global Development Studies with a concentration in Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, 2015

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral research

PhD title
Working Title: An Investigation of the Role of Energy in the Reduction of Child Undernutrition in Sub-Saharan African Countries Expected year of completion: 2021


Nakawala is a Zambian woman whose research interests centre on public health in low and middle-income countries. She is particularly interested in the health of women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Nakawala’s Masters capstone research focused on maternal mortality in Liberia, following the 2014 Ebola outbreak.