Dr. Amanda H A Watson is a Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre of the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU) and a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) as part of ANU’s partnership with UPNG. She is also a Visiting Fellow with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. Her PhD thesis explored the uptake and use of mobile phones during the earliest days of mobile phone adoption in Papua New Guinea. The doctoral research had ethical clearance from both Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Watson then spent the next four years researching the use of mobile phones in service delivery and development efforts in Papua New Guinea. The research was conducted in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea through the Economic and Public Sector Program, managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government.
Dr. Watson has published in various publications, including Mobile Media and Communication, Pacific Journalism Review, Media Asia, Australian Journalism Review and The Australian Journal of Emergency Management.