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Amanda Wolf

Deputy Head of School

Victoria University of Wellington

School of Government

Faculty: Expert contributors

Wellington, New Zealand

Areas of expertise

  • Public policy

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Amanda Wolf is Deputy Head of School and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. She has an AB in Philosophy (summa cum laude) from Boston College and a Master of Public Management and PhD (policy), both from the University of Maryland. She teaches Policy Analysis, Methods and Professional Practice courses in the Victoria School of Government’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Management programme. Before joining Victoria, she was a small business owner, food policy analyst and negotiation researcher. She has been a visiting researcher at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Jacobs University, Bremen.

Her current research focuses on the methods for learning from single case studies in public policy applications and on the concept and measurement of intersubjective wellbeing. Dr Wolf has advised various government agencies, such as the New Zealand Treasury on its Living Standards Framework and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on policy quality and skills. She serves on the advisory group of the national social science network initiative, eSocSci. She is the Wellington city leader for the ANZSOG’s EMPA subject Decision-Making Under Uncertainty and acts as project adviser for Work-Based Project teams.

ANZSOG programs

Dr Wolf teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)- Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (Wellington city leader)- Work-Based Project (project team Academic Adviser)

Selected publications

Wolf, A. (2015) Between-case dialogue: Public engagement in the second-person voice. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(3): 609–616.
Wolf, A. (2015) Multi-, inter-, trans-, cross-, un-: What’s in a disciplinary identity? eSocSci Blog, available at http://www.esocsci.org.nz/multi-inter-trans-cross-un-whats-in-a-disciplinary-identity/
Wolf, A. (2014) Interpreting Hashtag Politics: Policy Ideas in an Era of Social Media (Stephen Jeffares). Information Polity, 19(3/4): 285–288.
Wolf, A. (2013) Wellbeing for public policy: Roles for Q methodology. Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology, 36: 203–226.
Wolf, A. (2013) Readiness and persuasion in transformative learning for sustainable responses to climate change. Proceedings: Transformation in a Changing Climate, p. 227-236. Olso, University of Oslo, Trykket, 19–21 June. Available at http://www.iss.uio.no/transformation/proceedings.
Lawrence, J., Wolf, A., & Reisinger, A. (2013) Institutional transformation in a devolved governance system: Possibilities and limits. Proceedings: Transformation in a Changing Climate, pp. 62– 71. Olso, University of Oslo, Trykket, 19–21 June. http://www.iss.uio.no/transformation/proceedings. ISBN: 978-82-570-2001-9
Eppel, E. & Wolf, A. (2012) Implementing Better Public Services. Policy Quarterly, 8(3): 41-48.