COVID-19 experts available for comment

UNSW has a wide range of experts available for comment on the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.

Artist impression of COVID-19

Artist impression of the COVID-19 virus. Image: Shutterstock.


For media enquiries contact Ebony Stansfield, or 0434 904 669:

  • Banking and Finance Associate Professor James Doran can comment on the impact on finance, the sharemarket and investors
  • Economics Professor Richard Holden can comment on the impact on the global economy.
  • Economist Adjunct Professor Raja Junankar can comment on the impact on the economy and policies to help fight it.
  • Economist Tim Harcourt can comment on the impact on international trade, globalisation, Australian and global economy.
  • Economist John Piggott can comment on the impact on retirement and pension economics, public finance, finance
  • Marketing Associate Professor Nitika Garg can comment on the impact on consumer behaviour (e.g panic buying). 
  • Taxation and Business Law Professor Pamela Hanrahan can comment on the federal government’s relief package for businesses, on corporate law and capital markets law changes, and the impact on superannuation.
  • Technology expert Dr Yenni Tim can comment on the impact on cybersecurity.

Social policy experts from the Centre for Social Impact

For media enquiries contact Nicola Hannigan, or 0407 075 307:

  • Professor Kristy Muir can comment on disadvantage, poverty, social cohesion, homelessness and housing, government policy, wage subsidies, Universal Basic Income (UBI) and leadership.
  • Associate Professor Gemma Carey can comment on disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
  • Dr Megan Weier can comment on measuring social progress, wellbeing and access to pharmaceuticals.
  • Dr Cobi Calyx can comment on disaster response and recovery, science communication and health promotion.
  • Chris Hartley can comment on housing, homelessness and social housing policy.


For media enquiries contact Ben Knight, or 0422 651 085:

  • Law Professor George Williams can discuss lockdowns and enforcing self-isolation.
  • Law Professor Graham Greenleaf can discuss the relevance of data privacy laws in relation to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Indigenous Law expert Dr Kyllie Cripps, UNSW Scientia Fellow and Pallawa woman, is able to comment on the impact on Indigenous communities, specifically related to family and domestic violence
  • Criminology Professor Eileen Baldry can discuss the government’s early conditional release of NSW prisoners to stop the virus spreading in prisons.
  • Human rights expert Scientia Professor Louise Chappell can talk about human rights under COVID-19. Contact Gabrielle Dunlevy on 0423 972 801. 

Arts and Social Sciences

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight, or 0422 651 085:

  • Experimental Arts Professor Jill Bennett is available to comment on creative, trauma-informed responses to distress and older peoples’ experiences.
  • Political media expert Honorary Associate Professor David McKnight can talk about the lessons of the epidemic for small government.
  • Social researcher Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan can discuss animal cruelty in Asian wet markets and the move to ban trade in wild animal meat, and the effects of COVID-19 crisis on companion animals
  • International and food security expert Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta can discuss panic buying and food security.
  • Political Science and International Relations Professor Fengshi Wu from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences can discuss societal responses in relation to China in the COVID-19 era. 
  • Global Health and Development Professor Anthony Zwi can comment on global health and policy responses.
  • Social policy and governance expert Associate Professor Bingqin Li can discuss social distancing and lockdowns.
  • Healthcare expert Dr Sophie Lewis, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, can comment on loneliness for the most vulnerable populations.
  • Social policy expert Dr Natasha Cortis at the Centre for Social Policy Research Centre can comment on workers on temporary visas who currently don't qualify for the JobKeeper subsidy. 

Built Environment

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight, or 0422 651 085:

  • Rental housing and housing affordability expert Dr Chris Martin from UNSW City Futures Research Centre can discuss tenancy law and renters rights.
  • Architecture Professor David Sanderson is available to discuss urban resilience.

Health and Science

For media enquiries contact Cecilia Duong, or 02 9385 0846:

  • Biosecurity expert Professor Raina MacIntyre, Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine
  • Infection control expert Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Professor Bill Rawlinson, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Professor Peter White, UNSW Science (unavailable Thursday morning)
  • Epidemiologist Dr Abrar Chughtai from UNSW Medicine can comment on prevention and control (particularly on the use of masks and respirators)
  • Social Scientist Dr Holly Seale from UNSW Medicine can comment on social/behavioural responses (such as social distancing, face masks, vaccinations, infection control) and strategies to promote acceptance/engagement (unavailable on Thursday)
  • Head of Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine, Scientia Professor Greg Dore can comment on testing and types of tests for COVID-19.