Dr Amanda Lawrence is an Affiliate of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S) from RMIT University.

Dr Amanda Lawrence is Program Director at the Australian Internet Observatory. The Australian Internet Observatory is an initiative of ADM+S which will develop national research infrastructure for social data and digital platforms supported by investment from the ARDC and partner universities, and led by RMIT University.

Amanda’s interests include library and information management, open knowledge systems, research communication and public policy, Wikimedia, and public interest research infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences. She was the inaugural Wikimedian-in-Residence at ADM+S and was awarded a research grant from the Wikimedia Foundation in 2023-2024.

Amanda has a PhD in Media and Communications from RMIT University, a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management from RMIT University and an Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Amanda’s professional roles include over 10 years as Director of Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an award-winning public policy digital library. In this role she she initiated and managed multiple Australian Research Council Linkage and Infrastructure grants and developed online platforms for projects in the creative industries and environment. Other roles include Literature Program Manager at the Asialink Centre, University of Melbourne, and Program Manager at the Victorian Writers Centre. Amanda has published journal articles, reports and briefings and presented widely in Australia and internationally. Amanda’s other roles include Senior Associate at Outside Opinion and President Wikimedia Australia Board.

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