Field of Research (FoR)
Hello, my name is Adam Craig. I started at UNSW in 2017. I come to the university with 16 years of field epidemiology experience, the last nine of which have been spent working in Asia and the Pacific Islands. After completing my undergraduate science degree, I moved to Alice Springs to take up a position with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. This role provided me with the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote parts of...view more
Hello, my name is Adam Craig. I started at UNSW in 2017. I come to the university with 16 years of field epidemiology experience, the last nine of which have been spent working in Asia and the Pacific Islands. After completing my undergraduate science degree, I moved to Alice Springs to take up a position with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. This role provided me with the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote parts of Australia and work with some fantastic people – both community members and health professionals. It was in this job that I was first exposed to the principles of public health, and to social development and justice. Subsequently, I moved to Sydney where I completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney; my public health training as part of the NSW Health Public Health Officer Training Program; and later a PhD in epidemiology at the University of New South Wales.
In 2009, on the wave of activity surrounding the 2009 influenza pandemic, I was fortunate enough to find a role as an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s regional office in Manila, supporting the organisation and national governments in the region to upscale emergency surveillance and response systems in response to the threat. This experience provided the foundation for almost a decade of international work with agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank, the WHO, Abt Associates, the United Nations Development Program, the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and directly with a number of national governments.
Since 2006, I have worked on issues related to early warning surveillance system design in the Pacific Islands, most closely with folk from Honiara (Solomon Islands), Port Vila (Vanuatu), Suva (Fiji) and Tarawa (Kiribati).
My research interests relate to surveillance system design and health system strengthening, with a focus on small island developing state contexts. I bring a passion for finding solutions to the development, resourcing, and systems challenges that inhibit the delivery of public health programs to populations of developing nations.
A primary investigator on an Australian Government Department of Health-funded program to monitor the social, health and economic impacts of change to Australia's Kava importation law.
A primary investigator of a WHO Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies grant to explore the use of digital health to support the achievement of universal health care in the Pacific islands.
A primary investigator on a DFAT Indo-Pacific Centre for Regional Health Security research grant that aims to build capacity for evidence-based and sustainable vector surveillance and control in the Pacific islands.
A primary investigator of a WHO Research on Diseases of Poverty grant investigating the feasibility of citizen science-based surveillance methods for mosquito surveillance in Solomon Islands.
PhD in Epidemiology (UNSW)
Masters of Public Health (USyd)
Graduate NSW Public Health Officers Training Program
Bachelor of Science (CSU)
UNSW Medicine and Health/School of Population Health's Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, 2020.
French Embassy in Australia / Australian Social Science Academy research fellow, 2021.
My Research Activities
Currently, I am a collaborator on six research project. These include project:
- investigating opportunities to use digital health to support the achievement of universal health coverage in the Pacific islands;
- that aim to build capacity for evidence-based Sustainable vector surveillance and control in the Pacific islands;
- the monitoring and evaluation of social, health and economic impacts of Australia's change to kava importation law;
- testing the feasibility of citizen science as a strategy to address challenges to arboviral disease vector surveillance in small Pacific island developing states;
- exploring the relationship between engagement and learning outcomes among tertiary students undertaking online courses; and
- tracking the experience and career outcomes of undergraduate students of public health.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I currently supervise four higher degree candidates, three undertaking their PhD and another a Masters of Philosophy. My students are investigating:
- the role WHO has on partnership formation and success in Asia.
- psychometric predictors of public health disaster response team success.
- the role of public-private partnerships for health in PNG, and what makes these partnerships work.
- how the drive-through testing model used so successfully during COVID-19 can be utilised during other public health emergencies.
If interested in undertaking research exploring solutions to health system challenges faced in low- and middle-income countries feel free to make contact. Please check your eligibility for admission to UNSW first.
Adam is the deputy director of the Bachelor of International Public Health program. He convenes courses in biostatistics, public health policy and programs, and prevention and public health surveillance. He also teaches into a number of other programs within the Faculty of Medicine and across the university.