Dr. Diana L. Amundsen

Diana Amundsen


Qualifications: PhD; M.A. (Hons); B.A. Grad Dip Tchg. (Sec).

About Diana

I began my academic career here at The University of Waikato, where I completed my Bachelors degree majoring in psychology and Japanese. In 2000 I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and study at the University of Hawai'i where I completed my Master's degree in communication in education.  After returning from Hawai'i in 2005, I worked in a range of higher education contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and then took up my doctoral study at the University of Waikato in 2015. My PhD was completed in early 2019. My current role is a lecturer in Adult Development & Adult Learning, with research interests in transitions in the lives and attitudes of older adults, anti-ageism, and ageing vibrantly.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Diana Amundsen on ResearchGate

My research interests span adult learning and development and lifespan development with a particular focus on transitions to higher education of those from marginalised groups. I have published widely in the field of higher education; most recently, in the area of the role of identity in life transitions and in intercultural research ethics. I have recently completed a longitudinal research project about Māori transitions to tertiary education environments such as university, polytechnic and wānanga. My current research focus is around working with transitions in the lives of older adults, positive ageing and longevity issues.

Recent Publications

  • Amundsen, D., Ballam, N., & Cosgriff, M. (2019). The ABCs of collaboration in academia. Waikato Journal of Education, 24(2), 39-53. doi:10.15663/wje.v24i2.667 Open Access version:

  • Amundsen, D. (2019). An old story, a new voice: Tertiary education in the Bay of Plenty region. Waikato Journal of Education, 24(1), 79-92. doi:10.15663/wje.v24i1.666 Open Access version:

  • Amundsen, D. (2019). Student voice and agency for Indigenous Māori students in higher education transitions.. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 59(3).

  • Amundsen, D. (2019). Māori Transitions to Tertiary Education. (PhD Thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand).

Find more research publications by Diana Amundsen


Adult Education; Human Development and Education; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Tertiary Education

Adult Education/Learning
Adult Development
Adulthood and Identity
Indigenous Education
Tertiary Education
Transitions in Tertiary Education
Research Ethics

Contact Details

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Amundsen, Dr Diana 3583 damundse TCBD.4.03 Education, School of (SOE)

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