Dr Lucy Tusting


Associate Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 927 2133

Lucy is an infectious disease epidemiologist who specialises in the control of malaria and other vector-borne diseases. She uses epidemiological and statistical methods to evaluate risk factors and disease control strategies, with a particular interest in housing and the environment.

Lucy previously held an MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at LSHTM. She was a Research Fellow at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford (2016-2018) and a Visiting Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania (2015-2016). She has a PhD (2016) and MSc (2010, Distinction) from LSHTM.

Lucy's current research includes a five-year study funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation to develop a tool for remote sensing of vector-borne disease risk in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania based on attributes of the built environment. Lucy serves on the management board of LSHTM's Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health and the Global Vector Hub.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Malaria Centre
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


Lucy teaches across a number of courses and programmes at LSHTM. She is Module Organiser for 3176 Integrated Vector Management. She lectures and tutors on the MSc modules Epidemiology and Control of Malaria and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. She tutors students undertaking the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases and supervises summer projects across several MSc courses.

Lucy currently supervises two PhD projects on:

  • The impact of rice growing on malaria vectors in Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
  • The impact of ivermectin on malaria vectors in the Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau

Lucy is always willing to hear from students, please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your ideas.


Lucy's research output can be viewed on Google Scholar.

Research Area
Child health
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Disease control
Environmental Health
Vector control
Development studies
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Vector borne disease
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Malaria transmission and prevalence in rice-growing versus non-rice-growing villages in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Chan K; Tusting LS; Bottomley C; Saito K; Djouaka R; Lines J
The Lancet Planetary Health
House design and risk of malaria, acute respiratory infection and gastrointestinal illness in Uganda: A cohort study.
Musiime AK; Krezanoski PJ; Smith DL; Kilama M; Conrad MD; Otto G; Kyagamba P; Asiimwe J; Rek J; Nankabirwa JI
PLOS Global Public Health
Sand, gravel, and UN Sustainable Development Goals: Conflicts, synergies, and pathways forward
Bendixen M; Iversen LL; Best J; Franks DM; Hackney CR; Latrubesse EM; Tusting LS
One Earth
Prevalence and intensity of soil-transmitted helminth infections of children in sub-Saharan Africa, 2000-18: a geospatial analysis.
Sartorius B; Cano J; Simpson H; Tusting LS; Marczak LB; Miller-Petrie MK; Kinvi B; Zoure H; Mwinzi P; Hay SI
The Lancet. Global health
Assessing the health benefits of development interventions.
Tusting LS; Cairncross S; Ludolph R; Velayudhan R; Wilson AL; Lindsay SW
BMJ Global Health
The Role of the Private Sector in Supporting Malaria Control in Resource Development Settings.
Jones RT; Tusting LS; Smith HMP; Segbaya S; Macdonald MB; Bangs MJ; Logan JG
J Infect Dis
Recommendations for building out mosquito-transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: the DELIVER mnemonic.
Lindsay SW; Davies M; Alabaster G; Altamirano H; Jatta E; Jawara M; Carrasco-Tenezaca M; von Seidlein L; Shenton FC; Tusting LS
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Old age is associated with decreased wealth in rural villages in Mtwara, Tanzania: findings from a cross-sectional survey.
Mshamu S; Peerawaranun P; Kahabuka C; Deen J; Tusting L; Lindsay SW; Knudsen J; Mukaka M; von Seidlein L
The COVID-19 pandemic should not derail global vector control efforts.
Seelig F; Bezerra H; Cameron M; Hii J; Hiscox A; Irish S; Jones RT; Lang T; Lindsay SW; Lowe R
Environmental temperature and growth faltering in African children: a cross-sectional study.
Tusting LS; Bradley J; Bhatt S; Gibson HS; Weiss DJ; Shenton FC; Lindsay SW
Lancet Planetary Health
Housing and child health in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-sectional analysis.
Tusting LS; Gething PW; Gibson HS; Greenwood B; Knudsen J; Lindsay SW; Bhatt S
PLoS medicine
Reduced mosquito survival in metal-roof houses may contribute to a decline in malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lindsay SW; Jawara M; Mwesigwa J; Achan J; Bayoh N; Bradley J; Kandeh B; Kirby MJ; Knudsen J; Macdonald M
Scientific reports
Household and maternal risk factors for malaria in pregnancy in a highly endemic area of Uganda: a prospective cohort study.
Okiring J; Olwoch P; Kakuru A; Okou J; Ochokoru H; Ochieng TA; Kajubi R; Kamya MR; Dorsey G; Tusting LS
Malaria Journal
Research agenda for preventing mosquito-transmitted diseases through improving the built environment in sub-Saharan Africa
Shenton FC; Addissie A; Alabaster G; Baziwe D; Carrasco Tenezaca M; Chinula D; Jatta E; Jawara M; Jones R; Knudsen J
Cities & Health
Mapping changes in housing in sub-Saharan Africa from 2000 to 2015.
Tusting LS; Bisanzio D; Alabaster G; Cameron E; Cibulskis R; Davies M; Flaxman S; Gibson HS; Knudsen J; Mbogo C
Knowledge gaps in the construction of rural healthy homes: A research agenda for improved low-cost housing in hot-humid Africa.
von Seidlein L; Wood H; Brittain OS; Tusting L; Bednarz A; Mshamu S; Kahabuka C; Deen J; Bell D; Lindsay SW
The impact of industrial activities on vector-borne disease transmission.
Jones RT; Tusting LS; Smith HMP; Segbaya S; Macdonald MB; Bangs MJ; Logan JG
Acta tropica
Rapid improvements to rural Ugandan housing and their association with malaria from intense to reduced transmission: a cohort study.
Rek JC; Alegana V; Arinaitwe E; Cameron E; Kamya MR; Katureebe A; Lindsay SW; Kilama M; Staedke SG; Todd J
The lancet Planetary health
The associations between malaria, interventions, and the environment: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Sadoine ML; Smargiassi A; Ridde V; Tusting LS; Zinszer K
Malaria journal
A global map of travel time to cities to assess inequalities in accessibility in 2015.
Weiss DJ; Nelson A; Gibson HS; Temperley W; Peedell S; Lieber A; Hancher M; Poyart E; Belchior S; Fullman N
Expanding the Vector Control Toolbox for Malaria Elimination: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
Williams YA; Tusting LS; Hocini S; Graves PM; Killeen GF; Kleinschmidt I; Okumu FO; Feachem RGA; Tatarsky A; Gosling RD
Adv Parasitol
Going beyond personal protection against mosquito bites to eliminate malaria transmission: population suppression of malaria vectors that exploit both human and animal blood.
Killeen GF; Kiware SS; Okumu FO; Sinka ME; Moyes CL; Massey NC; Gething PW; Marshall JM; Chaccour CJ; Tusting LS
BMJ global health
Housing Improvements and Malaria Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multi-Country Analysis of Survey Data.
Tusting LS; Bottomley C; Gibson H; Kleinschmidt I; Tatem AJ; Lindsay SW; Gething PW
PLoS medicine
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