Michael Baker

Michael is a public health physician and professor at the University of Otago, Wellington. As well as his involvement with the Centre for Sustainable Cities, he is Co-Director for He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and Principal Investigator for the Social Housing Outcomes Worth (SHOW) Study which is tracking the health of social housing tenants in New Zealand.

Michael's research interests include the health effects of household crowding, home injuries, homelessness, seasonality of disease, climate change, pandemic influenza and how it can be contained, infectious disease epidemiology, and emerging infectious diseases.

In 2013 Michael was awarded the HRC Liley Medal for his contribution to the health and medical sciences.

Key publications

  1. Robertson, O. Atatoa Carr, P.
    Residential mobility for a national cohort of New Zealand- born children by area socioeconomic deprivation level and ethnic group.
    BMJ Open
    11(1):e039706.
  2. Ammar, S.E. Mclntyre, M.
    Imported arboviral infections in New Zealand, 2001 to 2017: A risk factor for local transmission.
    Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease,
    41(6):102047.
  3. Chambers, T. Shaw, C. Ball, J. Cleghorn, C.
    New Zealand's Climate Change Commission report: The critical need to address the missing health co-benefits of reducing emissions.
    New Zealand Medical Journal
    134(1542), 109-118.