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Irene joined Northumbria in September 2010 as Professor of Public Policy. Prior to that she was Professor in the Graduate School, Business, Law and Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.  She has a particular expertise in volunteering and the voluntary and community sector working collaboratively to co-produce knowledge.  Her recent research has been supported by ESRC and includes leading a project on mobilising voluntary action during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has recently completed an evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on methodological innovation for the ESRC. In addition to managing an extensive list of ESRC-funded projects she has managed projects from other sponsors including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, Age UK, the Canadian High Commission and the French Government. Over the years she has published on the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid and unpaid in the home and in the community. Her two recent Policy Press books (published in 2021 and 2022 are available free via open access).


Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD

1 Sept 198031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1980


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