A large part of Isabel’s research and employment has been to identify the impacts of mining activities on affected communities and improve dialogue between multi-stakeholders. She has advised mining companies, International Lenders, Governments and Non-Government Organizations on key development issues. Isabel currently managers, the Australian Aid funded project, titled 'Managing the impacts of minerals development on women and men and their traditional livelihoods in Mongolia'. Her focus is on working with Mongolian counterparts to strengthen civil society and the government to engage in responsible development. Isabel is currently on the board of directors for the Women in Mining Mongolia network and co-ordinates international outreach and community development matters.

Prior to working at CSRM Isabel completed her PhD in anthropology. Her research is focused on the changes incurred by women and men in Mongolian mining communities, and explores current development initiatives and industry approaches towards sustainable development. She also holds a first class honours in international relations from the University of Adelaide and has a tangential interest in the geo-politics surrounding minerals exploitation.

Isabel has also previously worked in the development industry in the areas of health, education and gender in South America and Asia with a particular focus on Mongolia where she worked as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.