Irene works on coordinating, managing, and developing Research & Innovation projects at Circularity Urban Regions. At AMS Institute she brings her expertise in facilitating collaborative projects that integrates interdisciplinary perspectives. Her primary aim is to promote knowledge exchange that promotes action in future transitions.
Transitions such as circular, resilient, and sustainable demand expertise in the intersection of themes/disciplines in order to see the potential trades-off and synergies toward concrete actions. Irene pursues to look for those synergies to contribute multidimensional benefits to each project but also understand the potential trade-off in the decision-making to be made.
Irene has worked at the convergence of academia and practice since the beginning of her career. She holds a PhD in Collaborative and Innovative planning processes, and she has more than 8 years of experience in leading urban planning and urban design through research by design projects. She has worked internationally on themes of water resilience, energy transition, circular development, sustainable mobility, and healthy food systems. She has significant experience in combining all these challenges and solutions, together through spatial design thinking to promote a multidimensional approach.
She has worked intensively in the innovative development of narratives, acquisitions, and projects for the diverse institutions and offices she has worked with. Narratives of convergence and synergetic goals is for Irene essential to move forward in action for future transitions.
Irene believes that the “what” matters, but the “how” to get there could be as much as valuable. Working for a just transition, being able to include everyone and everything that has a place in the process is as essential as promoting the content development and outcomes for any process.
“We have tons of transitions being claimed as essential now, however, all of them have to fit in the same space. How do we ensure that every sqm we have is synergistically promoting all the transitions coming ahead? Intersectionality comes as a must if we want a future proof environment.”
Project Manager Research & Innovative projects