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Amanda Watson

Lecturer, Development Policy Centre


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Thesis title: ‘The Mobile Phone: The New Communication Drum of Papua New Guinea’.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Master of International Social Development, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), with Honours in Media and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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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.

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, with funding from 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.

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