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Program Lead, Business, Economy and Governance at the Institute for Sustainable Futures., University of Technology Sydney

Alison Atherton is Program Lead of the Business, Economy and Governance Program at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. She has a background in social sciences, chartered accountancy audit and advisory, and over a decade of experience in sustainability research and consultancy. The consistent theme underpinning Alison's research is organisational and societal change for sustainability. Her research focuses on sustainable finance and corporate sustainability. Within these themes, evaluation, assessment, performance indicators and frameworks have been core elements of her work. Alison is particularly interested in understanding how businesses and the finance sector can support achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals through responsible investment and corporate sustainability.

Prior to joining ISF, Alison worked for KPMG on corporate sustainability and prior to that, she worked for the UK's leading sustainable development organisation Forum for the Future, developing tools for monetising organisations environmental and social impacts. Alison is a member of ASFI's Capability Reference Group and previously a member of the Taxonomy Advisory Group. She is Chair of Coast 4C, a social enterprise, a supplier of sustainable seaweed.


  • –present
    Program Lead, Business, Economy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney


  • 1995 
    University of Cambridge, BA (Cantab) Social and Political Sciences