Amanda has a Masters Degree in Geography, and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management, both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Amanda specialises in the areas of sustainability, waste management, non-motorised transport, climate change and energy. Amanda has extensive experience in qualitative research, report writing and documentation, project management, strategy development, and stakeholder communication and liaison. Amanda is also passionate about education and provides a crucial mentoring role to younger colleagues at Urban Earth.
Amanda has experience working for both local government and the private sector. She has worked on a number of strategic participatory projects including the Durban Climate Change Strategy, the 100 Resilient Cities Programme in Durban, and the Durban Adaptation Charter where she has provided stakeholder engagement and documentation expertise. Prior to this Amanda worked for eThekwini Municipality at the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and Imagine Durban departments.
Amanda has a special interest in public space and how spaces in a city can be developed to promote integration and improve safety. She is also interested in how cities can be planned to accommodate pedestrians and other non-motorised forms of transport.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys endurance running and has completed the Comrades Marathon, an ultra-marathon of 87km. Amanda is a proud Durbanite and enjoys exploring the city with her husband.