Sue is a social scientist and has published in political, educational and medical areas on a range of topics, with more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in Medline, for example. Over the past 25 years she has conducted research on the long term health effects on participants in UK nuclear tests which has been effective in winning more than 60 applications for service pensions in UK, Australia, New Zealand and France. Another of her research interests is the social culture of Australians in London in the 1950s and 1960s.
She has taught at the University of Dundee for 20 years, while also working as an educational consultant with a particular interest in Professionalism. She taught at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in the 1970s. In the 1980s she worked in human rights organisations in New York and was accredited as a Non-Governmental representative to the United Nations. She also served as Programme Officer for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, designing and implementing demonstration programmes relating to teenage parenting in the New York City school system.