Mr Kevin Tang

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

I contribute to research that aims to understand how we can use large data systems to understand drivers of micronutrient undernutrition through mathematical modelling. My research questions how national and global nutrition stakeholders can generate subnational insights into diets across populations from large open-source survey data and how these data can be used to predict the contributions of large micronutrient interventions for populations in need.

I hold a dual role at the UN World Food Programme and with the Nutrition Group at the London School, where my time is split between two main projects. The first is called the Modelling & Mapping Inadequate Micronutrient Intake (MIMI) project, which aims to fill data gaps for micronutrient policy and programme planning by using both statistical and predictive modelling. The second is called the Micronutrient Action Policy Support (MAPS) project which aims to develop a co-designed, web-hosted tool to model estimates of micronutrient deficiencies at sub-national scales and explore pathways to improve nutrition.

I also work as a technical consultant on topics related to public health nutrition data, with prior experiences working for Epicentre, Médecins Sans Frontières, USAID, UNICEF, and Stanford University. I strongly value understanding the contexts behind the data that I analyse and have experiences working in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Ethiopia, and Malawi. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, hold a PhD and MSc from the London School, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, and skateboarding.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I lead seminars on the Statistics for Epidemiology & Population Health (STEPH) module and am involved in other modules under the MSc Nutrition for Global Health. I am open to supervising MSc summer projects, particularly students interested in applications of data science in nutrition research.


Research Area
Economics (social science)
Field epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Paediatric nutrition
Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of the Congo
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Travel time to cataract surgical services in Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda: demonstrating a standardised indicator of physical access to cataract surgery.
MCCORMICK, I; Nesemann, JM; Zhao, J; Mdala, S; Kitema, GF; Mwangi, N; Gichangi, M; TANG, K; BURTON, MJ; RAMKE, J;
Eye (London, England)
Evaluating equity dimensions of infant and child vitamin A supplementation programmes using Demographic and Health Surveys from 49 countries.
TANG, K; Eilerts, H; Imohe, A; Adams, KP; SANDALINAS, F; Moloney, G; JOY, E; Hasman, A;
BMJ open
Impact and cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccination in Niger: a modelling study evaluating alternative rotavirus vaccines.
Debellut, F; TANG, K; CLARK, A; Pecenka, C; Assao, B; Guindo, O; Grais, RF; Isanaka, S;
BMJ open
Cost-effectiveness of routine versus indicated antibiotic therapy in the management of severe wasting in children.
Isanaka, S; TANG, K; Berthé, F; Grais, RF; Pandya, A;
Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation
Unified Region Based Covariates for Investigating the Causes of Early Childhood Adversity, 2010-2017
Malawi Government,; Phiri, K; Saunders, J; Muleya, M; JOY, E; TANG, K; Smith, G; Pitchford, N;
UK Data Service
Systematic review of metrics used to characterise dietary nutrient supply from household consumption and expenditure surveys.
TANG, K; Adams, KP; FERGUSON, EL; Woldt, M; Yourkavitch, J; Pedersen, S; Broadley, MR; Dary, O; Ander, EL; JOY, EJ;
Public health nutrition
Modeling food fortification contributions to micronutrient requirements in Malawi using Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys.
TANG, K; Adams, KP; FERGUSON, EL; Woldt, M; Kalimbira, AA; Likoswe, B; Yourkavitch, J; Chrisinger, B; Pedersen, S; SEGOVIA DE LA REVILLA, L; Dary, O; Ander, EL; JOY, EJ M;
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Wheat value chains in Malawi: trends, gaps, challenges and opportunities
Guwela, VF; Maliro, MF A; JOY, EJ M; TANG, K; Bokosi, J; Hawkesford, MJ; Broadley, MR; King, J;
CABI Reviews
Hand hygiene compliance and environmental contamination with gram-negative bacilli in a rural hospital in Madarounfa, Niger
TANG, K; Berthé, F; Nackers, F; Hanson, K; Mambula, C; Langendorf, C; Marquer, C; Isanaka, S;
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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