COVID-19 experts available for comment

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

Artist impression of COVID-19

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


For media enquiries contact Ebony Stansfield on 0434904669 or

  • Banking and Finance Associate Professor James Doran can comment on the impact on finance, the sharemarket and investors
  • Economics JW Nevile Fellow Tim Harcourt is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on international trade and globalisation.
  • Economics Professor Richard Holden can comment on the impact on the global economy.
  • Economics Honorary Professor Raja Junankar is available to comment on the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian economy.
  • Marketing Associate Professor Nitika Garg is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behaviour (e.g. panic buying).
  • Taxation and Business Law Lecturer Rodney Brown can comment on the possible tax changes from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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.
  • Taxation and Business Law Head of School and Professor Michael Walpole can comment on the foreshadowed tax changes focusing on GST.
  • Tech expert Associate Professor Yenni Tim is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity

Social policy experts from the Centre for Social Impact

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  • Dr Cobi Calyx can comment on disaster response and recovery, science 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.


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  • Law Professor George Williams can discuss lockdowns and enforcing self-isolation.
  • Law Professor Lyria Bennett Mosses can discuss data privacy laws and the COVID-19 app, and also the federal government's pausing of a consent-free public data sharing scheme. 
  • Law Professor Graham Greenleaf can discuss the relevance of data privacy laws in relation to the COVID-19 crisis as well as privacy concerns around video conferencing platform, Zoom.
  • 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.
  • Data privacy expert Dr Katharine Kemp can discuss the legal aspects of the federal government's plan to introduce a mobile phone app that tracks coronavirus victims in Australia.
  • International law expert Professor Natalie Klein can discuss if China can be sued and the PM's push to give the WHO anti-pandemic inspection powers.

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • 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.
  • Senior Lecturer in International Relations William Clapton is available to comment on Trump's decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organisation.
  • 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 and low income workers who are twice as likely to lose their jobs due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Professor Deborah Lupton from UNSW's Centre for Social Research in Health, and Social Policy Research Centre, can discuss people's use of digital health and their views on health data privacy.

Built Environment 

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  • 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

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  • Biosecurity expert Professor Raina MacIntyre, Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine
  • Infection control expert Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Professor William Rawlinson, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid, UNSW Medicine
  • Virologist Professor Peter White, UNSW Science
  • 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.
  • Scientia Professor Greg Dore, Head of the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Medicine, can discuss testing and types of tests for COVID-19.
  • Dr Adrienne Withall, UNSW Medicine, can discuss mental health and wellbeing in relation to ageing.
  • Professor Richard Buckland, UNSW Engineering, can discuss cybersecurity, the Government's new contact tracing app and staying digitally connected with friends, family and colleagues.
  • Associate Professor of Food Microbiology Julian Cox, UNSW Engineering, can discuss safe food hygiene practices.