Professor Zwi focuses on global health and development policy and has interests in their interface with equity, social justice and human rights. He seeks to build partnership between Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa and to promote capabilities in global health, international development policy, and disaster planning, management and response. He has experience across a range of countries, contexts and issues - typically with a health, development, and human rights focus. Recent projects have included systematic reviews on Community Based Disaster Risk Management, Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflicts and Emergencies, and currently on Urbanisation and Disaster Risk in South Asia. He has worked most extensively in Timor-Leste (East Timor), but also has been involved with research and education activities in Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Cambodia (amongst others) as well as in a number of countries in Africa. He is interested in understanding, and improving mechanisms, to facilitate evidence-informed health and development policy.
Professor Zwi is keen to build links between humanitarian relief and development organisations and academic institutions. He works on global health and development policy and related international aid issues. He has interests in injury and violence as public health problems. He heads a team which explored how health-related interventions in countries which have experienced disasters and wars could be more sensitive to culture, conflict, and to rebuilding trust and social cohesion. He and colleagues work on the ethics of research in conflict-affected settings, and the role of service providers and community members, including young people, in shaping and influencing research and responses to violent political conflict.