Amanda Clarke is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and in July 2014 will join the faculty of Carleton University's School of Public Policy and Administration, where she will support the graduate program in Public Administration and their new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Amanda's research interests lie at the intersections of information technologies, public management and civic engagement. She explores the potential that the social web and related phenomena, including social media, crowdsourcing, open data and big data, have for public and third sector organizations attempting to better engage with those outside their walls, and the skills, partnerships, and governance and accountability arrangements they necessitate. Amanda holds an MA in International Affairs (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs), and a Bachelor of Humanities (Carleton University's College of the Humanities). Previously, Amanda was an analyst with the Parliamentary Information and Research Service of Canada's Library of Parliament. Her work can be found at [www.aclarke.ca]
**Experience as a Trudeau scholar**
As a Trudeau Scholar I've been exposed to ideas, research and arguments completely outside the scope of my own work and personal experiences. This encouraged me to think about the broader implications of my doctoral research. But more importantly, this experience led me to ask different questions---and to consider new responses to questions I assumed were settled---when interpreting my subject area and broader societal issues facing Canada and the world. In this sense, the Trudeau Foundation has had a very tangible impact on my worldview, an impact that has helped me to become a more socially conscious researcher and citizen. I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from the Trudeau Foundation's impressive community of scholars and leaders. In addition, with the support of the Foundation I was able to disseminate research to both traditional academic venues, such as conferences and to universities, and also to governments, civil society groups and international organizations. There are many ways that research could be better integrated into the work of organizations outside academia, and I feel very fortunate to have had the Trudeau Foundation's support in doing so with my own research.