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Dr. Tiyesere Mercy Chikapa

Management and Leadership Studies

Research Areas

Human Resource Management, Gender and Governance ,


Dr. Tiyesere Mercy Chikapa is a Senior Lecturer of Public Administration and Human Resource Management in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies (PAS) at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi. She has served as Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College between 2011 and 2013, during which she led a team that bid for a NORHED funding for a project titled ‘Strengthening capacity for democratic and economic governance in Malawi’ that has seen the department earn funding large enough to introduce a Masters degree in Public Administration and Management, and engage in research for 5 years, from 2014 to 2019. In July 2018, she was awarded a PhD in Business and Management from the Alliance Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester in the UK. Through her PhD research, by considering how specific Human Resource Management processes like recruitment, selection and promotion contribute to men and women’s career trajectories as well as the different experiences between men and women in formal employment, this gave Dr. Chikapa an understanding of how implementation of these processes (in a particular cultural context) contribute to the gender differences that exist in private and public organisations. Some of these aspects related to sexual harassment that mostly women faced, and gender-based discrimination (against women) in recruitment and promotion. This provided her with first-hand experience with gender equality and gender mainstreaming efforts in both government and private sector organizations and why these efforts are not yielding the intended results. Tiyesere also possesses a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and Bachelor of Arts in Public administration from the University of Malawi. She is a qualified trainer, researcher and consultant in the field of human resource management, political science and public administration with specific focus on gender and governance, employment policies, processes and practices, inter alia. Tiyesere has also conducted a number of consultancies and research in different areas that have employed qualitative and basic quantitative methods. This means that Tiyesere is competent in the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.


  • Journal Article
    Reconciliation of work and family (2021)