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. Zhang, J. Leung, W. Jack, S. Oliver, J. Webb, R. Wilson, N Sika-Paotonu, D. Harwood, M.
    Rising ethnic inequalities in acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, New Zealand, 2000-2018.
    Emerging Infectious Diseases,
    27(1), 36-46. doi: 10.3201/eid2701.191791
  2. Thomas, S. Jack, S. Oliver, J. Purdie, G. Upton, A.
    Descriptive analysis of group A Streptococcus in skin swabs and acute rheumatic fever, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010–2016.
    Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific,
    8, 100101.
  3. Oliver, J. Foster, T. Williamson, D.A.
    Using preceding hospital admissions to identify children at risk of developing acute rheumatic fever.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health,
    54(5), 499-505.
  4. Oliver, J. Foster, T. Kvalsvig, A. Williamson, D.A.
    Risk of rehospitalisation and death for vulnerable New Zealand children.
    BMJ, Archives of Disease in Childhood,
  5. Zhang, J. Verrall, A. Lanumata, T.
    Close-contact infectious diseases in New Zealand: Trends and ethnic inequalities in hospitalisations,1989 to 2008 - 2nd Edition
    He Kāinga Oranga/Housing & Health Research Programme University of Otago, Wellington.

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  6. (2008).
    Excess winter morbidity and mortality: still a lack of evidence that housing or socio-economic status makes much difference.
    Reviews on Environmental Health,
    23(3), 203-221.
  7. Das, D. Venugopal, K.
    Tuberculosis associated with household crowding in developed country.
    Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health,
  8. Matheson, A. Cunningham, M. Blakely, T. O’Dea, D. Woodward, A. Saville-Smith, A. Waipara, N.
    Retrofitting houses with insulation to reduce health inequalities: Aims and methods of a clustered, randomised community-based trial
    Social Science and Medicine,
    61(12, 2600-2610.