Dr Ligia Kiss MPhil PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology


I have originally trained in social sciences and anthropology, with a MPhil and PhD on Preventive Medicine. My work includes research and intervention evaluation in Latin America, Asia and Africa, with a focus on trafficking in persons, and migration and health. 




MSc, PhD supervision; in-house tutor Basic Statistics; DL tutor Health Care Evaluation


I am currently the co-PI of the Work in Freedom Evaluation, a DFID funded evaluation of a multi-components intervention to prevent trafficking in persons in South Asia. I am co-leading the Study on Trafficking, Exploitation and Abuse in the Mekong Sub-region (STEAM), a longitudinal survey of health consequences of human trafficking, and offering methodological guidance for the evaluation of a large NGO-funded intervention to prevent trafficking in seven Asian countries. I am also part of the team analysing the WHO multi-country data on sexual violence against girls.

I the past 14 years, I  have been involved in more than 20 large Public Health research projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia, including two cluster randomised trials to prevent violence against women, qualitative studies and health service research.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Complex interventions
  • Evaluation
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Migration
  • Public health
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology
  • Social Sciences


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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