Ms Estelle McLean


Research Fellow
Data Scientist

Keppel Street
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).


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


I am a tutor on the 'Practical Epidemiology' distance learning module (EPM103).


I am working to make our complex, longitudinal data resource more accessible to enable more in-depth demographic and epidemiological analyses.  I am doing my PhD using these data to examine the effects of family and household structure during childhood and adolescence on mortality, puberty and reproductive health outcomes.

Research Area
Child health
Adolescent health
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

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
Effects of exclusive breastfeeding on educational attainment and longitudinal trajectories of grade progression among children in a 13-year follow-up study in Malawi.
Mohammed S; Webb EL; Calvert C; Glynn JR; Sunny BS; Crampin AC; McLean E; Munthali-Mkandawire S; Lazarous Nkhata Dube A; Kalobekamo F
Scientific reports
A secondary data analysis of a cluster randomized controlled trial: improved cookstoves associated with reduction in incidence of low birthweight in rural Malawi.
Best R; Malava J; Dube A; Katundu C; Kalobekamo F; Mortimer K; Gordon SB; Nyirenda M; Crampin A; McLean E
International journal of epidemiology
CHANGE Project (CHild malnutrition & Adult NCD: Generating Evidence
on mechanistic links to inform future policy/practice)
Kerac M; Anujuo K; Lelijveld N; Thompson D; McKenzie K; Badaloo A; Abera M; Behrane M; Amoah AS; Crampin AC
BCG re-vaccination in Malawi: 30-year follow-up of a large, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Glynn JR; Fielding K; Mzembe T; Sichali L; Banda L; McLean E; Kanjala C; Crampin AC; Ponnighaus JM; Warndorff DK
The Lancet. Global health
Transitions to adulthood in rural Malawi in the 21st century using sequence analysis
McLean E; Sironi M; Crampin A; Slaymaker E; Dube A; Sear R
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