Amanda Lawrence


Amanda Lawrence is a researcher and librarian specialising in knowledge infrastructures for public policy research and practice. Amanda is Director of the Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an open access knowledge commons for policy and practice research and resources. Her research interests include access to information, evidence and public policy, digital commons, grey literature, electronic publishing, information management, knowledge infrastructure and related issues. Amanda recently worked as Research manager for the Grey literature strategies ARC Linkage project ( and is completing a PhD at RMIT University. She is on the Advisory Group of the Global Internet Policy Observatory ( Amanda’s publications and presentations are available below. 




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Journal article

8 Jan 2018

Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...


18 Dec 2017

Survey data on 155 organisations producing research and information for policy and practice. The survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research is produced and disseminated as grey literature for impact and influence on public interest issues.

Conference paper

27 Jun 2017

In the digital era grey literature has proliferated, and has become a key tool in influencing public debate and in providing an evidence-base for public policy and practice. Despite its ubiquity and influence, grey literature's role is often overlooked as a publishing phenomenon. This paper...



2 Jun 2016

In November 2015, soon after he became Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull committed the Australian government to participating in the Open Government Partnership, something that had been promised by the Rudd/Gillard Labor Government but not acted upon by the Abbott Coalition Government.

The Open Government...

Conference paper

9 Apr 2016

This paper discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online in developing its open access document and data digital library.

Public policy and practice relies on a wide range of resources, including traditional scholarly publications, and...

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