Dr Elsa Licumba

Dr Elsa Licumba

Casual Academic

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary


Dr Elsa is a dedicated teacher, freshly recruited as an associate lecturer by the Newcastle Business School. Prior to that Elsa worked as a casual academic at the Business School.

She completed her PhD in Economics in 2017 and her Master’s degree in Social Change and Development at the University of Newcastle in 2009. Her Masters Research project focused on the relationship between Gender equality in decision-making positions and education and other socio economic factors in the Southern Africa region. Her PhD Thesis focused on the effect of Gender equality in capabilities domain (education and health) on economic growth in the Southern African region as well.

Elsa’s research applies advanced quantitative methods and develops econometric models for evidence-based analysis of public policy in the areas of gender economics, Socio-economic Development, inequality, poverty and Development Economics. She also has interest in understanding how immigrants engage on the socio economic adaptation process in the host nation.

She has recently released a book entitled FREEDOM TO BELONG. In the book, Elsa   shares her personal journey of blending cultures in Australia. Elsa is committed to raise awareness within multicultural community groups that cultural transition is real, occupies real estate of the mind, and needs to be properly addressed.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Social Change and Development, University of Newcastle


  • Cultural transition
  • Economic modelling
  • Gender Economics


  • Portuguese (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified 33
140202 Economic Development and Growth 34
200208 Migrant Cultural Studies 33

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Licumba E, Freedom to Belong: From Mozambique to Australia: My journey of blending cultures, Moshpit Publishing, Hazelbrook, N.S.W., 116 (2019)

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Licumba EA, Dzator JA, Zhang X, 'Health and economic growth: are there gendered effects? Evidence from selected southern Africa development community region', The Journal of Developing Areas, 50 215-216-227 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/jda.2016.0056
Co-authors Janet Dzator, James Zhang
2015 Licumba EA, Dzator J, Zhang JX, 'Gender equality in education and economic growth in selected Southern African countries', Journal of Developing Areas, 49 349-360 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors James Zhang, Janet Dzator

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Licumba EA, Dzator JA, Zhang XJ, 'Long life and economic growth in SADC: are there gendered effects?', Kuala Lumpur (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Janet Dzator, James Zhang
2015 Licumba E, Dzator JA, Zhang JX, 'Gender Equality in Education and Economic Growth in Selected Southern African Countries', Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015, Sydney (in partnership with The Journal of Developing Areas), Sydney (2015)
Co-authors James Zhang, Janet Dzator

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Masters Necessary Corruption: When the ends justify the means A Study of Latin America M Philosophy (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Elsa Licumba


Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email elsa.licumba@newcastle.edu.au


Room NewSpace, Level 7
Building NewSpace