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Nokuthaba Sibanda

PhD (Imperial College, London), MSc (University College London) , BSc (University of Zimbabwe)
Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Phone: +64 4 463 6779
Fax: +64 4 463 5045

Room: CO 543 Postal Address

My CV, including a full list of publications is available here: My CV

Research Interests

My research areas include:


MSc and PhD Supervision


  • Doaa Ayad. Monitoring outcomes from multi-stage generalized profile health care processes , with Stefanka Chukova.
  • Fleur McLaren. A Fairytale Ending? Violence in Intimate Dating Relationships in New Zealand: Typology, pathways and meaning of violence experienced by young adults, with Jan Jordan, Criminology.
  • Lisa Woods. Bayesian Estimation of a Phenotype Network Structure using Reversible Jump Markov Chain Monte Carlo with Richard Arnold. Completed 2015.
  • Kemmawadee Preedalikit. Joint modelling of longitudinal ordinal data on quality of life and survival with Ivy Liu and Yuichi Hirose. Completed 2012.


  • Lindsay Morris. Spatial modelling of hoki distribution using Gaussian Markov Random Fields .
  • Helena Lawrence. Stock assessment of Patagonian toothfish using Bayesian methods with Matt Dunn, Biological Sciences. Completed 2016.
  • Craig Marsh. Modelling spatio-temporal preferences for albacore tuna with Matt Dunn, Biological Sciences. Completed 2015.
  • Max Schofield. Using catch-per-unit-effort data to solve spatial problems in Orange Roughy abundance estimates with Matt Dunn, Biological Sciences. Completed 2015.
  • Kath Large. Population dynamics of rattail species on the Chatham Rise with Richard Arnold. Completed 2014.
  • Xiaoyu Zhai. Localization and change-point detection for GPS data with Yuichi Hirose. Completed 2013.
  • Amy Jennings. Funnel plots for assessing institutional performance with Ivy Liu. Completed 2012.
  • Melissa Welsh. Mathematical modelling of acute rheumatic fever with Mark McGuinness. Completed 2012.

    Visiting Scholar

    Selected publications

    Selected Seminars and Conference Presentations


  • Sibanda N. Statistical process control in healthcare. Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada. 27 April 2015.
  • Sibanda N. Monitoring outcomes in multistage healthcare procedures. Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada. 26 February 2015.

    Conference contributions

  • Marsh C, Sibanda N, Dunn M, Dunn A. A copula-based habit environment index for fish spatial population models. Spatial Statistics 2015: Emerging Patterns, Avignon, France. 9-12 June 2015.
  • Sibanda N. 2014. EWMA charts for multistage healthcare procedures. New Zealand Statistical Association Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 23-26 November 2014.
  • Sibanda N and Woods L. 2012. Efficient algorithms for learning in graphical models. 5th International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics, Oviedo, Spain. 1-3 December 2012.
  • Sibanda N. 2011. Controlling multiplicity in healthcare performance monitoring. International Biometric Society Australasian Region conference, Kiama, Australia. 4-8 December 2011.
  • Woods L and Sibanda N. 2011. Mapping multiple quantitative traits using structural equation models. International Biometric Society Australasian Region conference, Kiama, Australia. 4-8 December 2011.

    PhD Sholarships:

    Contact me if you want to do a PhD in my research area. The following highly competitive schorlarships are available for study at Victoria:
  • Visit Victoria PhD scholarship (Closing dates: 1 March, 1 July and 1 November; for both domestic and international students)
  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) (Closing date: 16 July)