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Dr Susan SandrettoAssociate Professor
BA(UC Davis) MA DipTchg(CSU Sacramento) PhD(Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 8820


I arrived in New Zealand in 1997 from California where I was a Spanish Immersion primary school teacher.  I worked as a research assistant and guest lecturer at the University of Otago in the Faculty of Education and the Higher Education Development Centre from 1999.  I completed my doctorate at Otago in 2004 and was appointed as a lecturer that same year. My research interests include multiliteracies, critical literacy, gender issues in education and practitioner research. I teach across the primary teacher education and education studies programmes and supervise at the postgraduate level.


Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Kidd, G., & García Bengoechea, E. (2023). School choice, distance to school and travel to school patterns among adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health, 33, 101704. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2023.101704

Sandretto, S. (2023, June). Te Matāiaho literacy refresh insights. Otago Literacy Association Engage and Enrich Workshops, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Weon, G. & Sandretto, S. (2023, August). Are we preparing ākonga for their literate futures? A critical examination of the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, and the Common Practice Model. College of Education Research Seminar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Mandic, S., García Bengoechea, E., Hopkins, D., Coppell, K., Smith, M., Moore, A., Keall, M., Ergler, C., Sandretto, S., … Flaherty, C., … Stephenson, J., … Spence, J. C. (2023). Examining the transport to school patterns of New Zealand adolescents by home-to-school distance and settlement types. Journal of Transport & Health, 30, 101585. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2023.101585

Sandretto, S., & Davis, S. (2023). Listening and responding to the voices of tamariki and rangatahi in research. In F. Meyer & K. Meissel (Eds.), Research methods for education and the social disciplines in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 321-327). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

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