Mandy Yap

Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Research Economist


Mandy is Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy working on the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM), a new gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty and co-leads the Indonesia IDM study. Prior to this, Mandy was employed as Research Officer at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) where she was a key member of the team working on a government-funded demography project. As part of this work she created a gender composite measure of Indigenous development, explored gender disparities across a set of outcomes such as unpaid care, fertility, empowerment and disempowerment. Mandy previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) before joining the ANU undertaking quantitative social science research in social exclusion, health, disability and ageing, income distribution, fertility and model building.

Mandy has an interest and expertise in the area of composite measures of quality of life and wellbeing, with a particular focus on methodologies surrounding selection and weighting of composite measures which reflect different worldviews and lived experiences. 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 aims to work with methodologies and approaches which aims to bridge inter-disciplinary differences to provide a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the issues. Mandy is also an Australian Endeavour Fellow and is working on a co-authored book on Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach to be published in 2018 by Routledge.  

Outside of work, Mandy enjoys cooking and trying new cuisines, going to the gym and catching up with friends over good coffee.