Amelia Peterson is currently completing doctoral studies as part of the first cohort of Harvard University’s PhD in Education, studying political science, sociology, and evaluation methodology. She is also a fellow in Social Policy and Inequality program at the Kennedy School of Government. She is currently studying the development processes of innovative education policy agendas on behalf of Harvard's Education Redesign Lab, completing case studies based on interviews in Finland, Scotland, England, British Columbia, Ontario and Rio de Janeiro.
Prior to starting doctoral studies, Amelia was based at Innovation Unit, working across a range of national and internatioanl education projects. She was as a travelling researcher for the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP), where she supported international working groups of education system leaders. She was also part of the team for Learning Frontiers, with the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and several network-based programs in the U.K. She continues to work with Innovation Unit on GELP and other education projects. On other projects she has worked with Nesta, the RSA, the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the Mitchell Institute, the Center for Strategic Education, and Harvard's Project Zero.
Amelia was a co-author of the RSA report Schools with Soul, looking at the state of spiritual, moral, social and cultural Education in the UK, and of a book chapter with Howard Gardner on ‘Good Work’ in Education. She has published and presented at national conferences on topics including character development and sex and relationships education in schools.