Joanne Irvine is a migration and development and knowledge management expert with nine years of experience and has authored, co-authored or contributed to the development of various publications and training materials in this area. She is currently the programme officer for the IOM-UNDP Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies. She previously worked with UNDP for three years as a knowledge management expert in migration and development on the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), a global UN inter-agency programme focused on reinforcing the role and positioning of local authorities, including cities, as key migration governance actors for local development.
Prior to that, Joanne worked with IOM for the implementation and monitoring of migration and development programmes in Tunisia and Egypt, while also lending her expertise to programme coordination, project development and research. Beyond her experience with international organizations, Joanne has worked with various civil society organizations and the Provincial Government of Barcelona in Spain. She started out as a course coordinator and tutor for a Human Rights Institute, provided labour insertion support to refugees and asylum seekers and supported decentralized cooperation of local and regional authorities including in the area of migration governance.
She holds a five-year joint undergraduate and master of arts in Hispanic Studies and French from the University of Glasgow, a MA in European Policy and International Development Cooperation from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a master in Migration, Co-Development and Public Participation from the Cultural and Social Studies Foundation of Valencia and a diploma in Human Rights and Forced Migration from the United Nations University of Peace. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan.