COVID-19 experts available for comment

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

Artist impression of the COVID-19 virus

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

Health and Science

For media enquiries contact Isabelle Dubach on 0432 307 244 or i.dubach@unsw.edu.au.

  • 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 (unavailable Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons)
  • Virologist Professor Peter White, UNSW Science (unavailable Thursday morning)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Business

For media enquiries contact Ebony Stansfield on 0434904669 or e.stansfield@unsw.edu.au.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Economist Tim Harcourt is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on international trade, globalisation, Australian and global economy.
  • Tech expert Dr Yenni Tim is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity.
  • Marketing expert Associate Professor Nitika Garg is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behaviour (e.g panic buying).

Law

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight, on 0422 651 085 or b.knight@unsw.edu.au.

  • 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.
  • Family law expert Dr Noam Peleg can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on parenting arrangements.
  • Criminology Professor Eileen Baldry can discuss the government’s early conditional release of NSW prisoners to stop the virus spreading in prisons.
  • Data privacy expert Dr Katharine Kemp can discuss the legal aspects of the federal government's new mobile phone coronavirus tracking app.
  • Human rights expert Scientia Professor Louise Chappell can talk about human rights under COVID-19. Contact Gabrielle Dunlevy on 0423 972 801.
  • 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.
  • 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 b.knight@unsw.edu.au.

  • 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.
  • 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 Social Policy Research Centre can comment on workers on temporary visas who currently don't qualify for the JobKeeper subsidy.
  • SHARP 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

For media enquiries contact Ben Knight, on 0422 651 085 or b.knight@unsw.edu.au.

  • 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.