Amarens is parliamentary liaison for the Rathenau Instituut. She is also seconded to the House of Representatives as ‘knowledge coordinator’ for Digital Affairs and involved in the Education, Culture and Science Committee. Before this, Amarens was seconded as a researcher for the Temporary Parliamentary Committee on the Digital Future. This committee is examining the question of how the House of Representatives can get a better grip on digitization issues in society.
Education and career
Amarens received her bachelor’s degree Political Science at Free University of Amsterdam and her master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam. She wrote her master's thesis on the influence of European right-wing populist parties on the political immigration-debate. During her studies, Amarens did an internship at the scientific office of a political party called ‘Bureau de Helling’.
After her studies, Amarens started as financial consultant at Infinite Financieel. She supported and advised educational institutions (mainly primary and secondary schools) on risk management, student flows, merger processes and the organization of special care in education. In addition, she participated in several national working groups and was asked by umbrella organizations such as the PO-Raad to analyze macro-developments in the Dutch primary and secondary education-system.