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Co-Search is a research collaboration established to guide an effective and fair COVID-19 pandemic response in Aotearoa New Zealand.

COVID-19 multidisciplinary research expertise

Co-Search brings together a diverse multidisciplinary team that includes pandemic experts from Otago, Massey, and Auckland universities, with expertise in:

  • Disease modelling
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology
  • Vaccine strategy

Our collaboration includes Māori-led pandemic response research, equity impacts in New Zealand and of our response in the Pacific.

Our collaborators include emergency management experts and systems scientists, and we have research examining the lived experiences including visual documentation for the historical record.

Visit Our people for more about our members and their research interests.

Contact information

Professor Michael Baker
Email michael.baker@otago.ac.nz

Dr Amanda Kvalsvig
Email amanda.kvalsvig@otago.ac.nz

Research manager: Dr Virginia Signal
Email virginia.signal@otago.ac.nz

Co-Search research goals

The goals of our research are to:

  1. Describe the pandemic and its population health impacts in New Zealand and the Pacific
  2. Evaluate the response to help shape and improve its effectiveness and equity
  3. Contribute to long-term improvements in New Zealand’s ability to manage pandemic threats
  4. Identify health, equity and sustainability benefits arising from a well-designed recovery


Funding our COVID-19 research

Co-Search is greatly appreciative of all the support our investigators receive:

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), and Ministry of Health
  • Sargood Bequest, Wigram Foundation, and other donors

The collaboration also receives salary and administrative support from the University of Otago, Massey, and Auckland universities.

Our academic building is temporarily closed for seismic reasons but our top class teaching, studying and research programmes remain in full swing.

Keep an eye on our website for updates or connect with us on: Twitter @OtagoWellington