Irene is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. She received a BASc and MSc from the University of Guelph in Applied Human Nutrition and a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.
Irene’s research focuses on understanding the complex dynamics between human, animal and environmental systems that influence rising levels of antimicrobial resistance and how best to intervene to sustainably tackle this issue. This study is carried out in collaboration with an international and multi-disciplinary research consortium, applies social-ecological systems methods and resilience theory, and engages experts and non-traditional stakeholders to determine management tools and solutions to address one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development that we face today.
From her extensive research on tobacco control efforts, Irene brings to her research on antimicrobial resistance a substantial experience with participatory and qualitative research methods and an expertise in examining how knowledge translation and capacity building strategies can support system change.