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Suzanne Manning

Suzanne Manning is the technical lead for ESR’s Social Systems team.


Suzanne has completed a PhD in Education Policy with University of Auckland, a Master of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) from Victoria University of Wellington, an NZIM Diploma of Management with the Open Polytechnic, and a BSc(Hons) with Victoria University.


Suzanne has been with ESR since 2019, coming to the role with a background in education, policy, history and biochemistry and is currently the team leader. She is interested in the role of science in society, especially exploring the social, cultural and ethical impacts of new technologies. Her passion is for systems change to achieve improved equity in all areas of society, with a particular focus on gender equity. As this passion suggests, Suzanne is an aspirational and optimistic thinker with a generalist subject focus – she takes the position that there are so many interesting things to investigate in this world, why limit yourself to only one or two subjects? Her current projects include working on the Contemporary justice issues report for the Waitangi Tribunal; improving forensics services for gender minority people; Lab Tikanga for the ESR Organ-on-a-chip programme; and a history of the ESR Social Systems Team.