Beth Downe

Programme manager, Natural Resources


Beth is a programme manager with over 15 years’ experience managing and supporting research projects, including managing the finance, operations and donor compliance for large and complex international consortium projects in the fields of sustainable development and global health.

Before IIED

Before IIED, Beth worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine delivering research administration and coordination for a portfolio of international, collaborative malaria (2012-16) and diagnostics (2008-12) research projects. Prior to that she began her career at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at UCL (2006-08) as PA/team administrator and events coordinator.


  • Currently studying part-time for an MSc in ecology and data science at UCL (2022 onwards)
  • BSc psychology, University of Reading (2002-05)
  • PRINCE2 foundation and practitioner certificates (2020) 

Current work

Beth’s work at IIED includes managing an ambitious granting programme “Reversing Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia” (REDAA), which aims to catalyse research, innovation and action in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia by offering grants and technical support. REDAA funds work that is locally led and helps both people and nature to thrive in times of climate, resource and fiscal insecurity.

Beth also oversees project management for the Natural Resources research group’s biocultural heritage programme of work.