Lavanya joined IIGH as a consultant in May 2018 to work on multiple global health areas including on Malaysia’s non-communicable diseases policies, migration and health systems in South-East Asia, and international health financing. She has a keen interest in engaging with interdisciplinary concepts across contexts and multi-sectoral actors in global health, and has published across multiple academic areas including gender in management, business ethics, healthcare financing and access, disability and employment policy, and patient experiences in neurological conditions. Prior to joining UNU-IIGH, Lavanya has worked in academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, consulting and NGO settings in Australia and Malaysia.
In her interdisciplinary doctoral research (Monash University Malaysia), she drew from public health and business/management to explore how work and chronic illness is perceived, experienced and managed by patients and employers within the Malaysian socio-structural context. During her PhD, Lavanya was a recipient of The Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University (2014). Her other academic qualifications include a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne (Minor thesis in Health Economics), and a Bachelors of Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from RMIT University Australia.
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