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Randall Ireson works as a private consultant on rural and agricultural development issues in Asia. He directed the American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) agricultural development program in North Korea. Prior to his work in North Korea, Dr. Ireson directed or contributed to other development projects in Asia, including seven years in Laos spanning the period from 1967 through 1994. He has also coordinated the formation of water users’ groups in Pakistani and Lao irrigation projects, and assisted in program design and evaluation for several NGOs, bilateral and UN assistance agencies.
Dr. Ireson has taught Sociology at Willamette University and the University of Albuquerque, and directed the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Oregon Department of Corrections. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.