Amanda Goodall left high school at 16 and worked in the fashion industry until the mid 1980s. She then lived in India on a small development project, and for a number of years worked with campaigning organizations back in the UK. In 1997 she graduated with a first-class honours degree from the London School of Economics. Following the degree she worked with Anthony Giddens, Director of the LSE, as part of the top management team, and later with the Vice Chancellor of Warwick University. In 2004 Amanda started a PhD at Warwick Business School focusing on leadership. She got her doctorate in 2007, became an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow and then a Leverhulme Fellow until 2010. Amanda has held Visiting Fellowships at Cornell University, the University of Zurich and Cass Business School in London. She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2010 and was a Senior Research Associate from May 2011 until December 2012.