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.
Amanda 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).
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. She has worked on a number of projects on the Māori economy and indigenous trade for Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and undertaken research for large Māori incorporations and iwi entities.
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.