COVID-19 experts available for comment

UNSW has a wide range of experts available for comment on the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 media contacts UNSW

Health and Science

For media enquiries contact Isabelle Dubach on 0432 307 244 or

  • Biosecurity expert Professor Raina MacIntyre, Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine 
  • Professor Anthony Kelleher, Director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine, leads the Institute’s development of COVID-19 immunotherapies.  The Kirby Institute is conducting various COVID-19 research projects, including cohort studies, clinical trials, treatment studies, modelling, surveillance and intervention studies. 
  • Epidemiologist Professor John Kaldor, Public Health Interventions Research Group Head, Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine. 
  • Infection control expert Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Professor Bill Rawlinson, UNSW Science
  • Virologist Professor Peter White, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid, UNSW Medicine
  • Social Scientist Dr Holly Seale, UNSW Medicine, can discuss social/behavioural responses (such as social distancing, face masks, vaccinations, infection control) and strategies to promote acceptance/engagement
  • Epidemiologist Abrar Chughtai, UNSW Medicine, can discuss prevention and control of COVID-19 through the use of masks and respirators
  • Pharmacist and Health Management expert Dre Ramesh Walpola, UNSW Medicine, can discuss community pharmacy services in relation to COVID-19
  • Professor Richard Buckland, UNSW Engineering, can discuss cybersecurity, the Australian Government’s contact tracing app and staying digitally connected.
  • Professor Sanjay Jha, UNSW Engineering, can discuss security and privacy issues with the Australian Government’s contact tracing app. 



For media enquiries contact Dawn Lo on 0433 018 180 or

  • JW Nevile Fellow Tim Harcourt from the School of Economics is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on globalisation and trade tensions.
  • Associate Professor Nitika Garg from the School of Marketing is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the retail industry and consumer behaviour.
  • Professor of Practice Jennie Granger is available to comment on tax reforms. 
  • Dr Yenni Tim from the School of Information Systems and Technology Management is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cyber security .
  • Founding Director of UNSW Tax Clinic Dr Ann Kayis-Kumar is available to comment on tax issues faced by people and small businesses in financial distress.
  • Economics Professor Richard Holden can comment on the impact on the global economy.
  • Banking and Finance Associate Professor James Doran can comment on the impact on finance, the share market and investors.
  • Taxation and Business Law Professor Pamela Hanrahan can comment on the Australian Government’s business relief packagecorporate law and capital markets law changes, and the impact on superannuation.


Centre for Social Impact

For media enquiries contact Nicola Hannigan on 0407 075 307 or

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



For media enquiries contact Ben Knight on 0422 651 085 or 

  • Law Professor Graham Greenleaf can discuss the relevance of data privacy laws in relation to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Criminology Professor Eileen Baldry can discuss the government’s early conditional release of NSW prisoners to stop the virus spreading in prisons.
  • Family law expert Dr Noam Peleg can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on parenting arrangements.
  • Human rights expert Scientia Professor Louise Chappell can talk about human rights under COVID-19. Contact Gabrielle Dunlevy on 0423 972 801. 
  • Professor Jane McAdam, Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, can discuss the impact on refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced people. 


Arts and Social Sciences

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight on 0422 651 085 or 

  • Experimental Arts Professor Jill Bennett is available to comment on creative, trauma-informed responses to distress and older peoples’ experiences.
  • 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. 
  • 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 and public health and policy responses, ethics and human rights. 
  • 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.
  • Political media expert Honorary Associate Professor David McKnight can talk about the lessons of the epidemic for small government.


Built Environment

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight on 0422 651 085 or 

  • 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.