Mandy Yap is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
Mandy is working on the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM), a new gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty and co-leads the Indonesia IDM study. Mandy is also based at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research where she is part of a team evaluating the Local Decision-Making component of the NSW Aboriginal Affairs Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment Initiative.
Mandy previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling before joining the ANU undertaking quantitative social science research in social exclusion, health, disability and ageing, income distribution, fertility and model building.
Since 2013, Mandy has worked in partnership with the Yawuru community in Broome to develop and co-produce culturally-relevant indicators of Indigenous wellbeing through participatory mixed-methods. Mandy is an Australian Endeavour Fellow and is co-authoring a forthcoming book, Indigenous peoples and the capability approach, to be published by Routledge.
She has an interest in measures of quality of life, with a particular focus on methodologies surrounding selection and weighting of composite measures of wellbeing which reflect the lived experiences and perspectives of individuals and communities.