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Virginia (Jinny) Baker

Jinny Baker is a Senior Social Scientist with the social systems team.


Jinny completed a BA(Hons) in sociology from the University of Canterbury, and is currently completing a PhD with the University of Adelaide.


Jinny is a senior social scientist, one of the foundation members of the Social Systems Team. Over her more than 20 years working at ESR, Jinny has been involved in a range of environmental and human health projects where her work has supported community engagement in science (eg. Paritūtū dioxin, Future Foods, CIBR, GNS) and enabled cultural and community values to be better understood in risk decision-making. Her current research is focused on transdisciplinary methods and Te Tiriti partnership approaches to orient better models for collective action, leadership and innovation for sustainable change in practice. Her current projects include investigation of transdisciplinary science approaches; collaborating as principal investigator for ESR on the Manaaki Whenua-led Moving the Middle project to empower land managers to act in complex rural landscapes; Ōhanga āmiomio, supporting Kaupapa Māori-led inquiry through system approaches; and braiding development and Kaupapa Māori evaluation approaches for waste minimisation and environmental sustainability.