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 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of UNSW. Prof Ritter is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2012 to 2016) 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 President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Vice-President of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia and an Editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy.