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.
- Preval, N. Amore, K. Rivera-Muñoz, G. Oliver, J.Housing, energy and health in resilient cities.In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities.(pp. 95-106). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.