Amanda Cooper smiling in front of greenery outside

Amanda Cooper

Associate Dean, Research and Strategic Initiatives


Educational Policy and Leadership

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BAH (Queen's), B.Ed. (Christchurch), M.Ed., PhD (Toronto)

Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, Graduate Faculty


Twitter: @ACooperKMb



Research Interests

  • Knowledge Mobilization (Research-policy-practice relationships)
  • Research Brokering Organizations (Intermediaries that connect research producers and users to increase research use across the education sector)
  • Research Impact (funders, impact indicators, engaged scholarship)
  • Evidence-informed policy

Dr. Amanda Cooper is a former secondary school teacher (Biology and English) and currently an Associate Professor in Educational Policy and Leadership at Queen’s University. She specializes in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), efforts to address research-practice-policy gaps across the education sector. Dr. Cooper is the founder of RIPPLE (Research Informing Policy, Practice and Leadership in Education): a program of research, training and knowledge mobilization (KMb) aimed at learning more about how knowledge brokering can increase research use and its impact in education by facilitating collaboration between multi-stakeholder networks (  Amanda is on the coordinating committee for the KTE COP (Knowledge Translation and Exchange Community of Practice) in the health sector.

She provides talks, workshops and consulting on knowledge mobilization and research impact for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, intermediaries and other organizations across sectors.

Current Research Project

Dr. Cooper has a number of RIPPLE research projects currently underway including a SSHRC Insight Grant, Increasing capacity to mobilize and apply research knowledge in the Ontario education system, and a SSHRC PDG Grant, CITED: Partnered knowledge mobilization between researchers and media organizations.  For more information on these and other RIPPLE projects, please visit


Please see for a list of Dr. Cooper’s publications.