Jess Berentson-Shaw

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a science researcher at the Morgan Foundation public policy think tank. She agitates for evidence-based policy and believes in the power of good and honest storytelling.

Are there any good choices when you live on a low income?

Last week ActionStation and the Morgan Foundation launched Liz and Sam’s story. Since then, the pick a path game based on the lives of New Zealand families living on low incomes has been played close to 16,000 times. Its co-creator Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains the two years of research underpinning the game.

Suicide, poverty and the UBI

The NZ Herald's recent special feature on teen suicide in Northland was a reminder, should anyone need it, of the tragic cost of suicide in New Zealand. It's time we all started treating suicide as the national emergency it is, writes Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.