Dr Elsa Licumba

Dr Elsa Licumba

Casual Academic

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

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.


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Cultural transition
  • Economic modelling
  • Gender Economics

Languages

  • Portuguese (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism 50
440407 Socio-economic development 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 James Zhang, Janet Dzator
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 Janet Dzator, James Zhang
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 Masters Necessary Corruption: When the ends justify the means, A Study of Latin America
Corruption has always been an ambiguous phenomenon and caused great theoretical debate within economics. The purpose of this thesis is to find synergy within the current literature and to build an extended model of corruption. The first study explores the corruption literature through the application of a meta-analysis, which shows extreme heterogeneity and is likely the underlying reason for the divide and indefinite evidence presented throughout the research. The second study presents an extended theory of corruption and empirical evidence to support the existence of two types of corruption that exist simultaneously and impact economic growth in opposing directions – rent-seeking generated by greed or self-interest and systemic corruption as a solution to market failures. This paper uses Structural Equation Modelling and employs causal and indicative variables to test for the two types of corruption (as latent variables) in the Latin American region from 1980-2018. This paper has adopted insights from economic anthropology to provide the foundation for the inclusion of cultures and social norms into the study of corruption. The thesis findings indicate that future economic research and policy applications need to be assessed at a more granular level for the eradication of corruption.
M Philosophy (Economics), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Elsa Licumba

Positions

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email elsa.licumba@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room NewSpace, Level 7
Building NewSpace
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