Thoko Hanjahanja-Phiri

Research Coordinator | Lab Manager

Thokozani Hanjahanja-Phiri, PhD, is passionate about research and finding solutions that solve real-world problems and reduce inequalities in health, especially among vulnerable populations, and solutions that positively influence the social and economic domains of these households. Her research interests are in the fields of maternal and child health/nutrition with a focus on food insecurity and the developmental origins of health and disease; refugee newcomer health; community programming/research; and health technology.


PhD, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2018

MPhil, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK, 2008

BSocSc, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Malawi, 2000


  • Persuasive Technology in Climate Change Interventions: A Systematic Review
  • Public Health Surveillance and Ethics Using IoT
  • Ethical principles for infodemiology and infoveillance studies concerning infodemic management on social media
  • Data Governance for Active Assisted Living Technologies Along the Continuum of Care
  • WHO - Qualitative Evidence Synthesis for the prevention and treatment of wasting in young children

List of publications

Hanjahanja-Phiri, T., Buchan, C., Butler, A., Doggett, A., Romano, I., Neufeld, H., & Janes, C. (2022). Navigating Newcomers’ Food Transitions in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A developmental evaluation of a community-based program. (Preprint).

Hanjahanja-Phiri, T. (2021). A conceptual framework of the impact of maternal early life drought exposure on newborn size in Malawi. Sustainable Environment, 7(1), 1951017.

Hanjahanja-Phiri, T. (2018). Intergenerational effects of maternal exposure to drought in utero on Newborn size in rural Malawi. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 73(1), 74-76.

Adams, K. P., Vosti, S. A., Ayifah, E., Phiri, T. E., Adu‐Afarwuah, S., Maleta, K., ... & Dewey, K. G. (2018). Willingness to pay for small‐quantity lipid‐based nutrient supplements for women and children: Evidence from Ghana and Malawi. Maternal & child nutrition, 14(2), e12518.

Adams, K. P., Ayifah, E., Phiri, T. E., Mridha, M. K., Adu-Afarwuah, S., Arimond, M., ... & Dewey, K. G. (2017). Maternal and child supplementation with lipid-based nutrient supplements, but not child supplementation alone, decreases self-reported household food insecurity in some settings. The Journal of nutrition, 147(12), 2309-2318.

Ashorn, P., Alho, L., Ashorn, U., Cheung, Y. B., Dewey, K. G., Gondwe, A., ... & Maleta, K. (2015). Supplementation of maternal diets during pregnancy and for 6 months postpartum and infant diets thereafter with small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements does not promote child growth by 18 months of age in rural Malawi: a randomized controlled trial. The Journal of nutrition, 145(6), 1345-1353.

Maleta, K. M., Phuka, J., Alho, L., Cheung, Y. B., Dewey, K. G., Ashorn, U., ... & Ashorn, P. (2015). Provision of 10–40 g/d lipid-based nutrient supplements from 6 to 18 months of age does not prevent linear growth faltering in Malawi. The Journal of nutrition, 145(8), 1909-1915.

Phiri, Thokozani 2014. "Review of Maternal Effects on Early Childhood Stunting." Grand Challenges Canada Economic Returns to Mitigating Early Life Risks Project Working Paper Series, 2014-18.