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Dr Andrea Knox is the owner and operator of Counterbalance Research and Evaluation.

In 2001, Andrea entered evaluation from the science sector, moving from genetic research, to evaluation of research grants and science education and promotion programmes at the Royal Society of New Zealand. After three years at the Society, during which she established and managed the Society’s new evaluation function, she moved to a position as a Senior Advisor in the evaluation team at the Foundation for Research Science and Technology. In 2007, Andrea established her consultancy: Counterbalance Research and Evaluation.

Andrea Knox

Clients to-date have included:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • The Tertiary Education Commission
  • Ministry of Health
  • Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu)
  • Housing New Zealand
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • The Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Women’s Affairs

Andrea has a BSc(Hons) in genetics from Massey University, and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Cambridge. Andrea was one of five New Zealand recipients of a Commonwealth PhD Scholarship to the United Kingdom in 1996, and in 2002 she published a research paper in the prestigious international journal, Science. More recently Andrea has studied statistics, completing 200 level courses in applied statistics at Victoria University of Wellington, and several courses in the Data Science specialisation from Coursera in association with Johns Hopkins University.

Andrea has interests in sustainable building and aerial dance. She was one of the founders of, and is a  trustees of the Wellington Circus Trust, and through her company Tanglepoint, developed and taught new techniques in aerial dance. She and her partner have built an eco-home, incorporating many sustainable features, including Wellington city’s first residential green roof.