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After completing her PhD in Cultural Studies, at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2011, Alison taught at the University of Iceland, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University College Dublin, and Royal Holloway, University of London. She was also the Ron Lister Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2014. Alison is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chair of the UK Global Studies Association (GSA). She joined the University of Northampton in 2017 and is now an Associate Professor of International Development and Director of the China and Emerging Economies Centre (CEEC). Before becoming an academic, she was a radio and TV presenter.

Research Interests

Alison specialises in the socio-economic development of China, alongside consumption, globalisation and material culture, more generally. Her academic background spans Media Studies, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, and she made her way to International Development via Politics and Human Geography, so has genuinely interdisciplinary credentials. 


Anastasia Ngon

Doctoral research project - 'Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries. Case Study of Companies in The Nigerian Financial Sector'. (Alison is the 'methodological expert' on this supervisory team, advising on qualitative research techniques and analysis.)


Mohamed Fauzi Marzuki

Doctoral research project - 'Redefining luxe boundaries: Luxury goods purchase decision from the lens of Cadillac'.


Elodie Rene

Doctoral research project - 'Harnessing alternative economic growth in Northamptonshire: Learning from the eco-innovation of small businesses in the UK and developing countries' (Alison won funding for this project, enabling Elodie's studentship.)

Teaching Interests

Alison is module leader on the undergraduate modules International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates; Globalisation and Development in the 21st Century, and the International Fieldtrip Module, and on the postgraduate module Political Economies of International Development. In addition, she teaches on the third year undergraduate module Development and Change in the Global South and supervises PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The tactics of the trinket, Goldsmiths, University of London

Award Date: 31 Jan 2011


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