Alison is a Lecturer at Lancaster University and Associate Director for the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business Research Centre. She is also the research centre lead on Waste and the Circular Economy. Alison is a Social Scientist, whose research focuses on social and organisational responses to the challenges of waste. Specific areas of interest include: Organisation and management responses, waste policy, negotiating values attributed to waste and waste as a particular type of work. Although, for the past 10 years her preoccupation has focused on electronic waste (e-waste e.g. computers, laptops, mobile telephones etc), her curiosity relates to most forms. She has published articles in Organization Studies, New Technology, Work and Employment, Society and Business, Etnografia e Ricera Qualitativa, the Meiji Business Review and, the Systemist.
Prior to moving into academia, she spent 15 years working in the public and private sector organisations. Alison has held advisory roles as part of the e-consultancy group for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Roadmap for Reducing Ocean Waste and UNEP’s Global Waste Management Outlook publication. She has worked on numerous projects and was recently the Principal Investigator for the interdisciplinary research project, sponsored by REPIC Ltd, entitled ‘The UK EEE and WEEE Quantification and Compliance Target Study’.