Richie Poulton is the director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which has followed the lives of more than 1000 people born in that city in 1972 and 1973, and yielded over 1200 research articles, reports, and books, which have influenced thinking and policy-making around the world.
A four-part television documentary series based on the research, Why Am I? (programmed as The Science of Us in the United States), won a silver world medal in the 2016 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards. The series is available now at TVNZ OnDemand, and will screen Tuesdays at 9.30pm on TV ONE, from 31 May.
Poulton is also co-director of the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research, which he founded in 2007, and Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development, a role to which he was appointed in 2014 and performs in addition to his duties as Director of the Research Unit.
He talks with Kim Hill.