Monica Magadi UOH_0479

Professor Monica Magadi

Professor of Social Research and Population Health

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 462032

Monica Magadi, who joined the University in July 2012, focuses on international empirical research in the area of social science and health.

She has published extensively on reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, including maternal/child health, HIV/AIDS, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

With a background in statistics and demography, she has an inclination towards quantitative research methods, including multilevel modelling.

However, she has experience in qualitative social research as well, and has implemented a number of reproductive health research projects utilizing mixed methods.


Research Interests

Research interests

  • Social aspects of health and well-being
  • International population health
  • Reproductive health research in sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Maternal, newborn and child health

Research methods expertise

  • Statistical modelling, including multilevel analysis
  • Quantitative secondary data analysis
  • Survey research design and analysis
  • Evaluation research


Magadi, M.A. (2017). 'Multilevel Determinants of Teenage Childbearing in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Context of HIV/AIDS', Health and Place, 46, 37-48.

Gazimbi MM, Magadi MA. (2017). 'A Multilevel Analysis of the Determinants of HIV Testing in Zimbabwe: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys', HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment, Open J, 2017; 4(1): 14-31. DOI: 10.17140/HARTOJ-4-124

Magadi, M and Magadi, W (2017). 'HIV/AIDS and Contraceptive Use: Factors Associated with Contraceptive Use Among Sexually-Active HIV-Positive Women in Kenya', Contraception, 95(3):312-321. 

Magadi M. A. (2016). 'Understanding the Urban-Rural Disparity in HIV and Poverty Nexus: the Case of Kenya', Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw065 

Magadi, M. A, and Uchudi, J. (2015) 'Onset of Sexual Activity Among Adolescents in HIV/AIDS-Affected Households in Sub-Saharan Africa', Journal of Biosocial Science, 47(2):238-257.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Teaching research methods modules, mainly quantitative research methods courses across the university.

Module convener for the following:

Research Design and Methodology (MSC)
Introducing Statistics and Data Analysis with SPSS (MSC)
Advanced Quantitative Analysis (MSC)
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (BA-Year 3)
Regression Analysis (Graduate Summer School)
Multilevel Modelling (Graduate Summer School)

Research PhDs

I welcome research students interested in population health research, especially international research on health and well-being of women and children, including maternal/child health, HIV/AIDS and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Completed PhDs 

Recent PhD supervisions

Patrick Igulot, Vulnerability and Risk to HIV Infection in Uganda

Agatha Bula, Influences of HIV on Exclusive Breastfeeding: An Exploration of Community-Based Peer Support in Rural Malawi

Polina Obolenskaya, Attitudes Towards Family and Marriage in Time and Context: Using Two British Birth Cohorts for Comparison

Current PhD supervisions 

Martin Marufu Gazimbi, HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Utilisation in Zimbabwe: An Insight from Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Surveys

Franklin Onukwugha, Adolescent Preference of and Access to Sexual Health Services: Strengthening Public Voice in Shaping Sexual Health Services in Nigeria

Peninah Agaba, Utilization of Maternal Healthcare Services Among Unmarried Adolescents in Uganda

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Social Statistics/Demography, University of Southampton, UK (1999)

  • MSC Population Studies/Demography, University of Nairobi, Kenya (1989)

  • BEd Mathematics and Statistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya (1987)

External roles

Professional engagement

  • Review proposals for major donor agencies (e.g. Medical Research Council (MRC), Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy and the ESRC) and articles for major international scientific journals in the areas of social science and health.
  • A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean regions (since October 2007)
  • A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) Research Project Review Panel (since 2015)
  • WHO technical consultant: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Maternal Mortality Reduction: Where are the Pregnant Adolescents? (August 2003)
  • An associate member of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3) of the University of Southampton
  • A member of the advisory board of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), Nairobi, Kenya (since March 2009).
  • An Associate Fellow of the African Development and Policy Institute (AFIDEP), Nairobi, Kenya (ongoing).
  • A member of the editorial board of the African Population Studies Journal, (2004-2007); HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment Open Journal (since Dec 2014); BMC Health Services Research (Since January 2015); Article Editor for Sage Open (Feb-July 2015).

A member of the following professional bodies:

  • British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) – council member, Sept. 2011 - 2015
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) – a member of Scientific Panel on Young People’s Life Course in Developing Countries (February 2011-2014)
  • Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)
  • Tropical Institute for Community Health (TICH), Kenya
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)

Professional highlights

Before joining the University of Hull, Monica was a Reader in Social Research Methods at the Department of Sociology, City University London (2007-2012); a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), Loughborough University (2004-2007); a Senior Research Fellow at the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI), University of Southampton (2002-2004); a postdoctoral Research Fellow with the African Population and Research Centre (APHRC) of the Population Council (1999-2002); and a Lecturer of Demography and Statistics at the Population Studies and Research Institute (PSRI) of the University of Nairobi (1993-2002).

Her academic background is in social statistics and demography, having done her PhD in Social Statistics (University of Southampton, 1999), MSc in Demography (University of Nairobi, 1989) and BEd in Mathematics and Statistics (Kenyatta University, 1987).