Dr Amanda Lawrence is a Research Assistant at the RMIT node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S).

Amanda is an Australian researcher and librarian specialising in open knowledge, research communication and research infrastructure for policy and practice. She is currently Research Fellow, Open Knowledge Systems at RMIT University and was the Wikimedian in Residence at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) for 2021-2022.

Amanda recently completed a PhD in Media and Communications at RMIT University on research publishing and public policy, particularly the role of organisations such as government agencies, research centres, NGOs and think tanks as research producers and publishers and how these diverse publications are used and managed.

She was Director of Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an award-winning public policy digital library, from 2006 until 2018. Amanda has initiated and managed six Australian Research Council Linkage and Infrastructure grants and developed online platforms for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Other roles include Literature Program Manager at the Asialink Centre, University of Melbourne.

Amanda has a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management from RMIT University and an Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Amanda has published journal articles, reports and briefings and presented widely in Australia and internationally on research communication, open knowledge and public policy. Amanda’s other roles include Senior Associate at Outside Opinion, Secretary for Wikimedia Australia Committee and board member of Ceres environment park in Melbourne.

Visit the ADM+S Wikimedian-in-Residence Project Page.