Ms Estelle McLean

Epidemiologist - KPS

United Kingdom

After completing the MSc. epidemiology at LSHTM in 2007 I worked for the UK Health Protection Agency on national influenza surveillance, including during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. I then worked as a field epidemiologist on infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, Malawi and South Sudan for Médecins Sans Frontières. I joined the school in 2013, working for the ALPHA network of longitudinal population HIV studies in sub-Saharan Africa while based in London, before moving out to the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in northern Malawi in 2014. I work as the data scientist and have been involved in many different epidemiological and demographic analyses, qualitative data collection and analysis and field data collection techniqes, including electronic data capture. I continue to be involved with the ALPHA network, and also the Africa Non-communicable Diseases Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA).


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I am a tutor on the 'Practical Epidemiology' distance learning module (EPM103), and a project organiser on the distance learning final project module (EPM500).


I am working to make our complex, longitudinal data resource more accessible to enable more in-depth demographic and epidemiological analyses. I have been harnassing our data on kinship linkages to examine the effects of family and household structure during childhood and adolescence.

Selected Publications

Use of Health and Demographic Surveillance Site data for secondary analyses: guidance for researchers following a review of existing analyses
European Population Conference (accepted)
Association between physical multimorbidity and common mental health disorders in rural and urban Malawian settings: Preliminary findings from Healthy Lives Malawi long-term conditions survey.
Nkoka, O; Munthali-Mkandawire, S; Mwandira, K; Nindi, P; Dube, A; Nyanjagha, I; Mainjeni, A; Malava, J; Amoah, AS; MCLEAN, E; Stewart, RC; Crampin, AC; PRICE, AJ;
PLOS global public health
Data-driven versus traditional definitions of household membership and household composition: does latent class analysis produce meaningful groupings?
MCLEAN, E; Price, AJ; Palla, L; Slaymaker, E; Crampin, AC; Dube, A; Amoah, A; Kalobekamo, F; SEAR, R;
Center for Open Science
Local and long-distance migration among young people in rural Malawi: importance of age, sex and family
MCLEAN, E; Dube, A; Kalobekamo, F; Slaymaker, E; CRAMPIN, A; SEAR, R;
Wellcome Open Res
Family network and household composition: a longitudinal dataset derived from the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System, in rural Malawi
MCLEAN, E; Kalobekamo, F; Mwiba, O; CRAMPIN, A; Slaymaker, E; SEAR, R; Dube, A;
Wellcome Open Res
Disrupted transition to adulthood? Causes and effects of divorce at a young age in rural Malawi
MCLEAN, E; Dube, A; Sironi, M; Crampin, A; SLAYMAKER, E; Sear Rebecca,;
KUHeS 2nd Research Dissemination Conference
Rapidly implemented Covid-19 telephone survey in urban and rural Malawi using 3 sampling strategies
MCLEAN, E; Matchado, A; Kenala Malava, J; Katundu, C; Malabwe, V; Stewart, R;
Unconventional Data Sources for Population Studies: Opportunities and Challenges
Characterizing the evolving SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in urban and rural Malawi between February 2021 and April 2022: A population-based cohort study.
Banda, L; Ho, A; Kasenda, S; Read, JM; Jewell, C; PRICE, A; MCLEAN, E; Dube, A; Chaima, D; Samikwa, L; Nyirenda, TS; Hughes, EC; Willett, BJ; Mwale, AC; Amoah, AS; Crampin, A;
International journal of infectious diseases
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