"The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." (Einstein)
Her own (PhD) research provides an outlet for her to express her passion for social change processes. In it, she touches strongly on themes such as learning, knowledge and the agency of people to change (course) themselves.
In education, Irene mainly teaches qualitative research methods. Her main educational goals are to contribute to the development of critical thinking and to arouse curiosity in order to look at familiar situations with an open mind.
Irene herself was comprehensively educated at the University of Amsterdam by following Waldorf education, where she eventually obtained a master’s degree in general political, cultural and social sciences' (2005). From a specialization in quantitative methods, she would directly progress to a methodological PhD. However, she really wanted to get a taste of practical application first. She first conducted a volunteer project in Cambodia and ended up at Nyenrode in 2008. For the first five years, she carried out contract research in the field of Sustainability, in which she also mastered the qualitative methods. Then she switched to the faculty, where she also started her PhD.
For two years, she acted as coach of a research group at the BUFT University in Bangladesh. This was part of a broader capacity building project. Within the framework of her own research, she naturally interacts with the international community through congresses or other meetings aimed at exchanging knowledge.