Dr Jessica Hutchings
Dr Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati) is the Treaty Relationship Manager for Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.
She has a PhD in environmental studies and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Maori health research. Jessica is a well-known kaupapa Māori research leader trained in the fields of environmental and Indigenous studies. She has held senior management and leadership roles in the Māori science and research sectors and is a widely published author, including recent books, Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook (Freerange Press, 2020), Te Mahi Māra Hua Parakore, A Māori Food Sovereignty Handbook (Te Tākupu, 2015) and Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, Research and Practice with Jenny Lee-Morgan (NZCER Press, 2016).
Dr Hutchings has been working at the crossroads of Indigenous knowledge, whānau and environmental wellbeing for the last two decades. She currently works as a consultant across a range of projects that contribute to the broad gaols of kaupapa Māori. She is a member of the MBIE Science Board, Chair of the Rauika Māngai (a cross NSC Māori leadership group) and a Governance Group member of the Resilience to Nature, National Science Challenge.