AJ (Amanda-Jane) Woodhouse

Research Advisor (Sciences), Research Services Office

University of Otago


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AJ is a Team Leader / Research Manager at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.  She has previously worked as a private consultant and has many years in the government sector (both central and local).  AJ has been in the role since 2009.  Her primary responsibilities include assisting environmental science researchers with contestable funding activities (pre-award, post-award and strategic planning) and also management of the Non-Health Research Advisor team at the University.  AJ also takes an active role in commercial research activities and facilitation of stakeholder relationships for researchers; in addition she contributes to wider university strategic development, research policy development and training initiatives amongst other activities.  She works closely with the Māori Staff caucus (Te Poutama Māori) and the Office of Māori Development ensuring that indigenous interests are appropriately recognised and that relevant activities are premised on Māori values.  AJ has extensive experience in pre- and post-award processes, research contract negotiations, developing and delivering training programmes, policy development and implementation, strategic planning, and development of research programmes with indigenous components.


Authorised by the Accreditation Council to present:
The National Research and Innovation System in New Zealand (co-presenter only)
Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand (co-presenter only)
Understanding Research and Researchers 
Pre-Award Grants Processes
Post-Award Processes