Nilmini Herath


Research Fellow, the Vaccine Confidence Project at LSHTM


Nilmini is a Research Fellow for the VCP. She conducts mathematical and statistical analyses of the levels and drivers of vaccine confidence in several countries and sub-national regions. Much of her work is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Her background is in mathematics and economics, primarily focused on the role that social networks (technological and otherwise) play in information sharing, belief formation and decision-making in developing countries.

She holds an MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a partial M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and is currently working towards her PhD in Economics at the LSE. Prior to joining the VCP team, she led the research vertical of J-PAL Africa, based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has worked closely with governments, NGOs and leading academics on randomised control trials of interventions to improve development outcomes.