Amanda Shaw, M.Sc.

Amanda was raised in Waimanalo, O’ahu and has worked for the past eight years researching and managing programs on gender, social and economic justice. She traces her family origins back to the British Isles, Scandinavia and parts of Western Europe via Appalachia and the Ozark mountains. Her work has centered on social movement resourcing and strategizing and in bringing gender and social perspectives to the fields of economic development, trade and agriculture. She works as an independent gender expert and research consultant, and has undertaken program and policy evaluations as well scoping research for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Trade Center (ITC), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and others. Her work with FRIDA | the Young Feminist Fund and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) involved mobilizing resources for transnational women’s rights and gender justice movements. Prior to this, Amanda managed DFID’s trade and development funding portfolio (£60 million), coordinating the Unit’s gender mainstreaming initiatives. She obtained her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she is currently pursuing her PhD focusing on gender, labor and farming in Hawai’i (2013-2017). She teaches on a postgraduate, interdisciplinary gender theories course at the LSE and is interested in Pacific organizing for self-determination, gender and economic justice. She speaks Spanish, Italian and some French and Portuguese.