Dr Ernestina Coast


Dr Ernestina Coast is an Associate Professor in Population Studies.  She co-leads the MSc in Population and Development, and teaches on a range of topics including: Sexual and reproductive health; Migration; and, Research methods.  She has acted as adviser to organisations, including WHO, DFID, UNAIDS, Marie Stopes International, Population Council Mexico and DANIDA.  Dr Coast is a Board Member of the Guttmacher Institute.  Dr Coast supervises research students working on a range of sexual and reproductive health, demography and policy issues in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Maldives, Nepal, Poland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UK, and Zambia.


Dr Coast has conducted research at a range of levels (policy, health system, community, individual) in several countries (India, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, Zambia).  Dr Coast’s main research interests are in sexual and reproductive health and its relationships with evidence, policy, health systems and individual behaviour. 

Current research projects (and funders) include:

Completed research projects (and funders) include:  


Selected Publications

Iemmi, Valentina, Bantjes, Jason, Coast, Ernestina, Channer, Kerrie, Leone, Tiziana, McDaid, David, Palfreyman, Alexis, Stephens, Bevan and Lund, Crick (2016) Suicide and poverty in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review. The Lancet Psychiatry, 3 (8). pp. 774-783.

Coast, Ernestina and Murray, Susan (2016) "These things are dangerous": understanding induced abortion trajectories in urban Zambia. Social Science & Medicine, 153 . pp. 201-209. 

Coast, Ernestina, Jones, E. and Lattof, S. (2016) Effectiveness of interventions to provide culturally-appropriate maternity care in increasing uptake of skilled maternity care: a systematic review. Health Policy and Planning .

Leone, Tiziana, Coast, Ernestina, Parmar, Divya and Vwalika, Bellington (2016) The individual level cost of pregnancy termination in Zambia: a comparison of safe and unsafe abortion. Health Policy and Planning 

Randall, Sara and Coast, Ernestina (2016) The quality of demographic data on older Africans. Demographic Research, 34 . pp. 143-174.

Wekesa, Eliud and Coast, Ernestina (2015) Contraceptive need and use among individuals with HIV/AIDS living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 130 (S3). E31-E36. 

Parmar, D., Leone, T., Coast, E., Murray, S., Hukin, E. and Vwalika, B. (2015) Cost of abortions in Zambia: a comparison of safe abortion and post abortion care. Global Public Health .

Freeman, Emily and Coast, Ernestina (2014) Sex in older age in rural Malawi. Ageing and Society, 34 (7). pp. 1118-1141.

Wigle, Jannah, Coast, Ernestina and Watson-Jones, Deborah (2013) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine implementation in low and middle-income countries (LMICs): health system experiences and prospects. Vaccine, 31 (37). pp. 3811-3817. 

Jones, Eleri and Coast, Ernestina (2013) Social relationships and postpartum depression in South Asia: a systematic review.International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59 (7). pp. 690-700. 

Wekesa, Eliud and Coast, Ernestina (2013) Living with HIV post-diagnosis: a qualitative study of the experiences of Nairobi slum residents. BMJ Open, 3 (e00239). pp. 1-10.

Puradiredja, Dewi Ismajani and Coast, Ernestina (2012) Transactional sex risk across a typology of rural and urban female sex workers in Indonesia: a mixed methods study. PLOS One, 7 (12). e52858.

Vieira, Claudia, Portela, Anayda, Miller, Tina, Coast, Ernestina, Leone, Tiziana and Marston, Cicley (2012) Increasing the use of skilled health personnel where traditional birth attendants were providers of childbirth care: a systematic review. PLOS One, 7 (10). pp. 1-9. 

Coast, Ernestina, Leone, Tiziana, Hirose, Atsumi and Jones, Eleri (2012) Poverty and postnatal depression: a systematic mapping of the evidence from low and lower middle income countries. Health and Place, 18 (5). pp. 1188-1197. 


Recent publications

For a full list of Ernestina's publications, please see her LSE Research Online page