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School academic awarded Leverhulme Fellowship

Dr Tiziana Leone|, lecturer in Population Studies, Department of Social Policy| at LSE, has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust.

Early Career Fellowships are awarded by the Trust to academics with a proven record of research, providing them with career development opportunities. Around 50 Fellowships are granted each year.

The Fellowship will fund Dr Leone's new research project entitled Estimation of Maternal Mortality Differentials in Sub-Saharan Countries, which starts 1 September for two years.

Explaining the thinking behind her project, Dr Leone said: 'The objective of this Fellowship is to develop techniques to estimate maternal mortality by socio-economic group in developing countries with the use of census data.

'Combining demographic and statistical techniques we will analyse the maternal mortality levels in two different African settings, Benin and South Africa.'

Dr Leone is delighted to have been chosen for the award, adding: 'This Fellowship will benefit me greatly as I will have a chance to concentrate more on methodological issues, in addition I will be able to collaborate closely with Professor Mike Murphy|, professor of demography at LSE, who is a leading academic in the estimation of adult mortality.'

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To contact Dr Tiziana Leone, please email t.leone@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7515.

For more on the Leverhulme Trust, visit http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/about/|

11 July 2007

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