Much of Sue’s political and research work has been in the areas of welfare, jobs, housing and organisational development. She was actively engaged in the unemployed workers’ movement locally and nationally from 1983 -1999, and played a key role in the development of the three Auckland Peoples Centres and Kotare Trust: Research and Education for Social Change in Aotearoa. Her background as a former journalist, street activist, radical community development worker and legislator bring a range of experience, skills and insights integral to ESRA’s progress.
As well as coordinating the work of ESRA, Sue is co-chair of jobs and welfare activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty and is an educator with Kotare Trust. Since graduating with a PhD in public policy in 2014, she supervises several doctoral candidates with Professor Marilyn Waring at the Institute of Public Policy (AUT). She guest lectures and writes academically to the extent time and opportunity permit.