Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge

MBBS (Tasmania), PhD(Epi) (ANU), MAIntLaw (ANU), FAFPHM, OAM
Senior Research Fellow & Lead, Humanitarian Health Research Initiative
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Emergency Medicine 110305
  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Complex Emergencies/Conflict Settings
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases including Ebola Virus Disease
  • Sexual and Gender-based Violence
  • Child and Maternal Health


Dr. Kamalini Lokuge 

An expert in public health responses to humanitarian crises, Dr Lokuge leads the Humanitarian Health Research Initative at the Research School of Population Health, ANU. Her appointment follows previous positions as a doctor and medical epidemiologist for international health organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders), the World Health Organisation, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in 2010.

Dr Lokuge has provided medical care and epidemiological services over the last two decades in a range of humanitarian emergencies, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Darfur, Uganda, Nigeria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on implementation research priorities in such settings. 

Her appointment at the ANU allows for an opportunity to link lessons learnt in the field to traditional research activities to inform an evidence base and achieve better outcomes for those living in vulnerable circumstances.  The Humanitarian Health Research Initative also places attention on building sustainable capacity for  responding to existing and future humanitarian challenges. 

Researcher's projects

Current projects:

Dr Lokuge's current research includes: documenting lessons learned from the response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa; operational research into health services for gender-based violence in a range of settings; monitoring and evaluating support services for survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea; evaluating interventions for improving access to effective emergency obstetric care; quantitative evaluation of Indigenous health programs; and developing methods and capacity for monitoring and evaluation of health programs in complex settings.

Dr Lokuge has been called on to lead several field responses since commencing work at ANU in 2009, including EVD outbreaks in Uganda, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and several other emergency responses.

Dr Lokuge played a pivotal role as pro bono founding Director (2013-2016) in the establishment of Femili PNG and its Case Management Centre in Lae. Femili PNG assists survivors of family and sexual violence. Dr Lokuge was subsequently pro bono Femili PNG Research Director from 2016-2017. 

Please see “Related websites” section below for additional details.


Available student projects

  1. Joint ANU-MSF PhD Scholarship for humanitarian research (further details at
  2. Maternal and neonatal mortality and delays in accessing emergency obstetric care in resource-limited settings.
  3. School-based programs for post-conflict recovery in Sri Lanka.
  4. Health services in complex emergencies.
  5. Services for domestic and sexual violence survivors.
  6. Tuberculosis transmission in the Papua New Guinea/Torres Strait region.

Current student projects

PhD scholars

  1. Chatu Yapa: Characteristics and medical outcomes of patients  in MSF-operated primary health care facilities in Lebanon (NCDs) and Nigeria (maternal care) in collaboration with MSF.
  2. Kai Hodgkin: Supporting midwives to support normal birth in Indonesia
  3. Polly Wallace: Randomised controlled trial of preschool-based interventions for intimate partner violence and substance misuse in Sri Lanka
  4. Sally Carter: mental health services for children in humanitarian crises, in collaboration with MSF.
  5. Samuel Hoare: Obstetric services in humanitarian settings, in collaboration with MSF
  6. Mafruha Alam: mobile-based services for maternal health in Bangladesh
  7. Grazia Caleo: Epidemiology of Ebola Virus Disease transmission and control (based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with MSF)
  8. Georgina Phillips: hospital- based emergency services in low-resource settings ( external, University of Melbourne)


Return to top

Updated:  11 April 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers