Nevil Pierse
Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director HHRP
Email nevil.pierse@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests and Activities 

Associate Professor Nevil Pierse is co-director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme. Originally a statistician by training, his current work is done in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders including government and community organisations, and is focused on the design and implementation of randomised trials and natural experiments to improve the home and community environments. His previous studies have shown the benefits of efficient home heating and insulation, which was instrumental in the $300 Million EECA, Warm Up New Zealand, Heat Smart programme. Nevil’s other previous work includes the HRC funded Home Injury Prevention Intervention, which showed that simple home repairs and modification reduced the number of falls in homes by 27%. He was part of the group awarded the 2014 NZ Prime Ministers prize for Science. He is currently working on the Healthy Housing Initiative with which looks at home interventions to prevent rehospitalisation of children with respiratory disease. This programme has accessed and remediated 15,530 homes in New Zealand, and resulted in a decrease in hospital admission and GP visits.  In 2019 it was won the prime ministers prize for best public service programme.  Nevil current leads the ‘Ending Homelessness in New Zealand: Housing First’ MBIE funded research programme and a HRC funded programme looking at the health and well-being gains from improving housing quality. Nevil has a keen interest in big and leads 5 Housing and Health projects on the integrated data infrastructure.

Nevil is an experienced supervisor of PhD and Masters students, an interested in new student with a focus housing or homelessness.

Nevil photo head shot