Amanda Watson

Visiting Fellow

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (Macquarie), MISD (UNSW), Postgrad Cert in Higher Education (DWU, PNG), PhD (QUT)

Contact details

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 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.

Email: ahawatson@hotmail.com

Seminar presentations

Reporting corruption in Papua New Guinea’s public financial management system, with Colin Wiltshire, May 9 2016: http://ssgm.bellschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/podcasts/audio/3808/report…

Health phone services in Papua New Guinea: saving lives or just wasting money?, April 13 2015: http://ssgm.bellschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/2338/health-phone-s…

Selected publications

Refereed papers

Watson, A H A and Duffield, L (2016), From garamut to mobile phone: Communication change in rural Papua New Guinea, Mobile Media and Communication, 4(2), May, pp. 270-287. Available from http://mmc.sagepub.com/content/4/2/270.abstract

Watson, A H A and Poima, R (2015), Healthy phoning: Papua New Guinea’s first ever health call centre, Australasian Psychiatry, special supplement edited by Ernest Hunter, Volume 23 Number 6 Supplement December, pp. 48-51. Available from http://apy.sagepub.com/content/23/6_suppl.toc

Watson, A H A, Sabumei, G, Mola, G and Iedema, R (2015), Maternal Health Phone Line: Saving Women in Papua New Guinea, Journal of Personalized Medicine, 5, pp. 120-139. Available from http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4426/5/2/120

van der Vlies, M and Watson, A H A (2014), Can mobile phones help reduce teacher absenteeism in Papua New Guinea?, refereed collection of conference proceedings, Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, 9-11 July, Swinburne University, Melbourne. Available at http://www.anzca.net/documents/2014-conf-papers/784-anzca14-van-der-vlie…

Watson, A H A (2014), Mobile phones and development in Papua New Guinea: Guiding principles, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia, Australian National University, In Brief series, In Brief 2014/42. Available at http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/publications/mobile-phones-and-development-pap…

Watson, A H A (2013), Mobile phones and media use in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea, Pacific Journalism Review, 19(2), October, pp. 156-175. Available from https://pjreview.aut.ac.nz/articles/mobile-phones-and-media-use-madang-p…

Watson, A H A (2011), Early experience of mobile telephony: a comparison of two villages in Papua New Guinea, Media Asia, 38(3), pp. 170-180.

Watson, A H A (2010), ‘We would have saved her life’: mobile telephony in an island village in Papua New Guinea, eJournalist, 10(2) (online journal found at www.ejournalist.com.au).

Duffield, L, Papoutsaki, E and Watson, A H A (2008), Australian Broadcast Media Coverage of PNG: Not Nasty, But Not Enough…, Australian Journalism Review, 30(2), December, pp. 111-124.

Duffield, L, Watson, A H A and Hayes, M (2008), Media and communication capacities in the Pacific region, eJournalist, volume 8, no. 1 (online journal found at www.ejournalist.com.au).

Book chapters

Watson, A H A, Suwamaru, J K, Mow, I C, Logan, S (forthcoming), Mobile phones in Pacific Small Island Developing States, E-government in Small Island Developing States: A view from the Pacific, edited by Hassall, G and Cullen, R. Springer.

Watson, A H A and Duffield, L (2016), Private mobile phones and public communication drums in rural Papua New Guinea, Indigenous People and Mobile Technologies, edited by Dyson, L E, Grant, S and Hendriks, M. Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture, pp. 92-106.

Watson, A H A and Morgan, E (2015), M-government for courts systems: A data collection trial in Papua New Guinea, in Robertson, A. (ed), Commonwealth Governance Handbook 2014/15. Cambridge: Nexus/Commonwealth Secretariat, pp. 34-36.

Ginau, M, Papoutsaki, E, Duffield, L and Watson, A H A (2012), Our neighbour’s view: Australian media coverage of Papua New Guinea, Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem?, DWU Press, Madang, pp. 62-72.

Watson, A H A (2012), Early experience of mobile telephony: a comparison of two villages in Papua New Guinea, Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem?, DWU Press, Madang, pp. 157-169.

Watson, A H A (2012), Putting Development into Communication: a Curriculum Approach, Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem?, DWU Press, Madang, pp. 171-180.

Blog posts

Watson, A H A and Jorgensen, D (2015), Ringing in change: How mobile phones could aid drought response in PNG, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, posted 21 October, accessible at: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2015/10/21/Ringing-in-change-how-mob…

Watson, A H A (2015), Are Smartphones Making SMS Projects Obsolete? ICTWorks, posted 21 September, accessible at: http://www.ictworks.org/2015/09/21/are-smartphones-making-sms-projects-o…

Watson, A H A (2015), Remote data collection in Papua New Guinea: an aid to policy deliberations, Devpolicy blog, Australian National University, posted 7 July, accessible at: http://devpolicy.org/remote-data-collection-in-papua-new-guinea-an-aid-t…

Watson, A H A (2015), Not Appy in Melanesia, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, posted 16 June, as part of a series called Digital Disruption, accessible at: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2015/06/16/Not-appy-in-Melanesia.asp…

Watson, A H A (2012), Mobile phones for development: Just a love affair?, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, posted 30 November, as part of a debate on the Digital Pacific, accessible at: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2012/1⅓0/Mobile-phones-for-develop…

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