Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised specialist in illicit drug policy. She is the founding Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of UNSW. Prof Ritter is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading an international, collaborative program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research, and studying policy processes. Professor Ritter is past President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, and an Editor for a number of journals, including Senior Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy.