THE RED DOOR TEAM
We are a team of researchers from different institutions that work together to improve health in New Zealand. We are specialists in the disciplines of epidemiology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, indigenous knowledge, hydroinformatics, urban infrastructure and political theory.
We work with researchers from all around the world, but our main offices are in NZ. The Red Door head office is housed in the new University of Auckland, Faculty of Science Building.
We also have offices at Massey University, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health. Our South Island office is at ESR’s Christchurch Science Centre.
Sam has a PhD in urban water management and has worked as a hydrologist for the private and government sector. He returned to academia in 2009 and currently works for the University of Auckland. He is a bit of a generalist working across Water Sensitive Cities, water-infrastructure, wastewater analysis and surveillance.
Mackay is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland with a keen interest in the use of wastewater-based epidemiology. Mackay’s background is in geography and environmental science where in his BSc (Honours) he explored the ethical dimensions of applied wastewater-based epidemiology, and how these ethical issues can vary across different spatial scales. Continuing the theme of scale, Mackay’s Master’s thesis explored the spatial, temporal and community-scale sociodemographic dimensions of illicit and licit drug consumption in wastewater treatment plants from across New Zealand. Mackay’s current research is focussing on refining the methodologies underpinning WBE, particularly how to estimate the number of people connected to wastewater-treatment plants. Underlying all this work is an interest into how wastewater data can be combined with complementary datasets to improve insights into public health.