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Bailey, Arwen

Science Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist

Arwen Bailey, a UK national, is responsible for sharing knowledge at Bioversity International. She helps scientists share their knowledge internally by organizing seminars, and other knowledge sharing events, such as the annual Science Week. Externally she helps the organization to present its scientific knowledge in such a way as to communicate its science effectively. She uses her qualifications and interest in systems thinking, social learning and gender to strengthen the way we present our research in a complex and contested world. She coordinates an internal community of practice on gender as both a space to learn more about gender-responsive and socially inclusive research, and a space to learn more about how to share knowledge through such communities.

After 14 years as an English language teacher, resources manager and conference organizer in France, Japan and Italy, Arwen brought her organizational and language skills to Bioversity International first in 2006, where she worked for three years as a Programme Assistant. Her passion for gender issues saw her then move to the CGIAR-wide Gender & Diversity Program as administrative coordinator until its closure in 2012. On return to Bioversity International in 2012, Arwen became a science writer and editor, responsible for helping scientific staff to shape project proposals, reports and other scientific documents. 



MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice, Open University, UK                                            

Postgraduate Diploma in International Development Management, Open University, UK                  

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Sheffield Hallam University, UK

BA Joint Honours in French and Italian, University of Exeter, UK                

Publication highlights:

Bioversity International. 2017. Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientific Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy

Van Oudenhoven F, Haider J. 2015. With Our Own Hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. LM Publishers, Netherlands. Best Cookbook of the Year 2016, Gourmand World Cookbook Award

Bailey, Arwen, 2017. Can CoP theory be applied? Exploring praxis in a Community of Practice on gender.Knowledge Management for Development Journal.

Bailey, Arwen. 2013. Once the Capacity Development Initiative Is Over: Using Communities of Practice Theory to Transform Individual into Social Learning. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, November, 1–20. doi:10.1080/1389224X.2013.846871