Vijayasingham, Lavanya

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Lavanya Vijayasingham

    Research Interests

    • Gender
    • Gender-based Violence
    • Health
    • Health policy
    • Health systems
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)
    • sexuality and HIV/AIDS
    • Support for persons with disabilities
    • Women’s health and reproductive empowerment


    • PhD (Public Health), Monash University Malaysia
    • Master of Public Health, University of Melbourne
    • Bachelors of Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), RMIT University Australia

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Lavanya Vijayasingham is post-doctoral fellow at UNU-IIGH, where she works on gender and health policy and research. Her work at UNU-IIGH includes the study of financing for gender equality in the HIV response, the financing and economics of self-care interventions for SRHR, and the gender-responsiveness of donor-funded health programming, and more recently,  research agenda-setting for gender and COVID-19.

    She has a PhD in Public Health (Monash University Malaysia), based on interdisciplinary doctoral research on the employment of people with chronic illnesses (public health and business/management). Her other academic qualifications include a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne (Health Economics), and a Bachelors of Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from RMIT University Australia. Prior to joining UNU-IIGH, Lavanya has worked in academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, consulting and NGO settings in Australia and Malaysia, and has published across multiple academic areas including gender in management, business ethics, healthcare financing and access, disability and employment policy and patient experiences.

    She has a keen interest in continuing to engage with interdisciplinary concepts across contexts and multi-sectoral actors in global health in her future work.

    Read her publications here.