Dr Amanda H A Watson's research focuses on mobile phone uptake and use in Papua New Guinea (PNG). She looks at the roles of mobile phones in service delivery and development in rural and urban areas. She is also interested in how mobile phones are used during emergencies and natural disasters.
Dr Watson follows regulatory issues such as mandatory SIM card registration and proposals for the taxation of telecommunications. Dr Watson is also commencing research on mobile internet prices and mobile internet speeds. Her PhD thesis looked at the uptake and use of mobile phones during the earliest days of mobile phone adoption in PNG.
Dr Watson is a research fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs, part of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. Her work was been published in various academic journals, as well as book chapters, blog posts and newspaper articles.