Staff Profiles

Prof. Kannan Navaneetham


Faculty of Social Sciences

Population Studies


Location: Block 240/ Room 136
Phone: +267 3552562
Email Prof. Kannan Navaneetham

PhD in Demography, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India (awarded by University of Bombay)

Certificate in Population Studies, IIPS, Mumbai, India

M.Sc in Statistics, University of Madras, Chennai, India

B.Sc in Statistics, University of Madras, Chennai, India

Kannan Navaneetham has joined at the University of Botswana in 2012. Prior to joining here, he worked about 25 years at the Centre for Development Studies, a renowned centre of the excellence research institute in India which is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, Singapore and also as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.  He has participated in a number of global high-level training workshops in demography at various institutions in different countries and participated in number of international conferences. 

Taught both technical and substantive demography courses in undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Currently teaching the following courses:

POP 606: Advanced Demographic Methods

POP 607: Mathods of Population Estimates and Projections

POP 610: Mathematical Demography

POP 302: Research Methods

POP 402: Indirect Estimation Techniques 

Research interest includes broad areas of Population, Health, and Human Development. More specifically, on the following diversified areas: Mortality and Health; Age Structural Transition and Demographic Dividend; Fertility and Family Planning, Maternal and Child health; Poverty and Nutrition and Applied Statistics. Served as a reviewer for number of international journals. Currenlty an Editorial Board Member for PLOS ONE.  

Supervised or Co-supervised number of students for their MA, MPhil and Ph.D. dissertations at the University of Botswana or elsewhere. Five scholars were awarded PhD degree, 8 scholars were awarded MPhil degree and 6 were awarded MA degree. He has also supervised 25 research projects to the students of postgraduate diploma in population and development. Currently, main supervisor for one PhD scholar and Co-supervisor for 3 PhD scholars and also supervising several Masters students.

K. Navaneetham, A. Dharmalingam and G. Caselli (2008). Poverty, Nutrition and Mortality: A Comparative Perspective, Paris, France: CICRED.

Keetile, M., Navaneetham, K, Letamo, G, & S.D. Rakgoasi. (2019). Socioeconomic inequalities in non-communicable disease risk factors in Botswana: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 19(1): 1060.

Mezmur M, Navaneetham K, Letamo G, Bariagaber H (2017) Individual, household and Contextual factors associated with skilled delivery Care in Ethiopia: Evidence from Ethiopian Demographic and health surveys. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184688.

Letamo, G. and K. Navaneetham (2015). Levels, trends and reasons for unmet need for family planning among married women in Botswana: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open;5:e006603.

K. Navaneetham and A. Dharmalingam (2002).Utilization of Maternal Health Care Services in Southern India, Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 55, No.10. pp. 184.

In pursuit of academic excellence