Irene leads Oxfam GB's Research Team, which uses evidence to influence economic, environmental, and social justice. Prior to joining Oxfam GB in 2015, Irene worked for 25 years in rural development, natural resource management, collective action and social justice.
Irene worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development from 1990 to 1998. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University between 1996 and 1998, and 2013 and 2015. She has co-hosted the annual M&E on the Cutting Edge series for six years, including themes on complexity and on responsible innovation. She is a Research Associate for the Overseas Development Institute.