Martina Mchenga, has been a PhD Economics student at Stellenbosch University since January 2016. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences (Economics) Degree in 2011 and she was awarded the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) studentship scholarship to pursue a Master’s of arts degree in Economics with the University of Malawi and Kenya School of Monitory Studies. She finished her Master’s degree in 2014.
The researcher’s main areas of interest are applied micro-econometrics, maternal health, child health, poverty analysis and health economics. In 2013 Martina was awarded the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Research Training Award to attend the workshop on Ethnicity, Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective at Brown University, USA. Martina Has a background in health economics and before joining Stellenbosch University she worked as a health economist for a local non-governmental organization in Malawi, whose main area of research focus was community health research. Her job description involved data collection and analysis, designing data collection tools for health economics studies, economic modelling as well as economic evaluation of different health interventions implemented at the community level. Her PhD thesis focuses on vulnerable households and health in Malawi and South Africa based on the evidence from household surveys.