Distinguished Professor Andre Renzaho


Distinguished Professor of Humanitarian and Development Studies, School of Medicine


Professor Renzaho held a future fellowship between 2013 and 2017 and is a Professor of Humanitarian and Development Studies, Western Sydney University. He joined the university in 2015 and prior to that he was the Director of Migration, Social Disadvantage, and Health Programs within the Global Society Unit, the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University.  With a background in Global Health and International Development, he has professional experience in complex (protracted) humanitarian emergencies and development practice, international public health, and nutrition epidemiology including the epidemiology of non-chronic diseases and cardiovascular diseases among migrant populations. From 2003 to 2006, he oversaw the evaluation of more than 40 AusAID NGO Cooperation Programs with World Vision Australia covering Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific, and Asia; and acted as the Technical Director of the Impact Assessment of Australian Aid for the Bougainville Infrastructure. He has worked with a number of United Nations including working with Care Australia, Concern Worldwide, Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the United Nations Children's Fund. Professor Renzaho has also undertaken consultancy work for State and Commonwealth Governments in Australia and has been a member of a number of governmental and non-governmental Boards, Committees, Expert Panels, and Taskforce. He is on editorial boards of international journals and currently a Chief Investigator on category 1 grants. He has published more than 150 papers and attracted more than $5.5 million in national competitive grants.

He undertakes research in public health in complex humanitarian emergencies and the effectiveness of development assistance in developing countries. Hi recent work in this are includes being the chief lead investigator for the study on Buruli ulcer in Ghana (2005); mortality, nutrition, and food security study in Vanuatu (2004) and during emergency in Mozambique (2004) and Lesotho (2005); the anthropological aspects of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and Malawi (2005; 2006); maternal and child health study in Laos (2005); the evaluation of the emergency response and disaster mitigation initiatives in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo (2005); the evaluation of child sponsorship programs in Ecuador (2006); the evaluation of AusAID support for child nutrition (2013), the evaluation of  the ‘Urban Program on Livelihoods and Income Fortification and Socio-civic Transformation for the Youth in Kampala, Uganda’ (2014), and maternal and child health in Laos (NHMRC 2015), migrants’ settlement literacy and trajectory (ARC discovery 2017), and obesity prevention among vulnerable populations (NHMRC 2017).

Research Interests

  • Migration, social disadvantage, and health: physical activity and nutrition (Chinese migrants); vitamin D deficiency (dark skinned migrant populations); non-communicable diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, mental health); blood donation and social inclusion (African migrants); and health literacy, alcohol and drug prevention, and oral health (migrant populations)
  • Global health:  Hypertension and type 2 diabetes (Zimbabwe); maternal and child health (Papua New Guinea and Laos); child protection and sexual health & reproductive rights (Uganda); nutrition, food security, and food systems (Ethiopia); HIV Prevention (Eastern Africa); and non-communicable diseases post-2015 development agenda
  • Cultural competence and health service delivery
  • Nutrition and food security
  • Methodological approaches: systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-ethnography

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Deakin University
  • MPH University of Melbourne

Research & Publications

Contact Details

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