- MPhil (First Class Honours)
Amanda has skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, including survey design, testing for reliability and validity within measurement tools, statistical analysis, interviewing, and theme analysis. She prefers using mixed research methodologies to draw out information to tell narratives and show meaning. Amanda has significant experience in and enjoyment of intensive cross-cultural environments, with a deep respect for tikanga and kawa (whanaunatanga, manaakitanga, and tangata whenuatanga).
Previously she worked as the Research Analyst at the Institute of Director’s (IoD) Governance Leadership Centre (GLC). In this role, Amanda undertook national and global surveys and analysis on governance matters, producing resources for IoD members and the wider public, and advocating on behalf of members where issues, regulation or policy decisions impacted directors.
Amanda’s Master’s thesis topic was on the measurement of wellbeing, and this is what drew her to work for BERL. She is interested in wellbeing enablers, and the connection between the subjective wellbeing of individuals and the social wellbeing of public and private institutions and communities.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys foreign films, playing bass and ukulele, and spending time with family. She is on the board of Trade Aid New Zealand and strongly supports social justice.