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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), as well as Chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN).She joined the University of Northampton in 2017. 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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Research Output 2011 2018

Greening the Chinese City: Young people, environmental activism and ChinaNet

Hulme, A., 11 May 2018, Chinese Urbanism : Critical Perspectives. Jayne, M. (ed.). 1 ed. Routledge, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

youth culture
urban area

The future of community research: a conversation with Alison Hulme, Alan Bradshaw and Adam Arvidsson

Canniford, R., Arviddsson, A., Bradshaw, A. & Hulme, A., 29 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Marketing Management. 34, 7-8, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
community research

Importing the night market: urban regeneration and the Asian food aesthetic in London

Hulme, A., 21 Dec 2017, In : Food Culture & Society. 21, 1

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Urban Regeneration

Geographies of food: 'Afters'

Cook, I., Hobson, K., Hallett IV, L., Guthman, J., Murphy, A., Hulme, A., Sheller, M., Crewe, L., Nally, D., Roe, E., Mather, C., Kingsbury, P., Slocum, R., Imai, S., Duruz, J., Philo, C., Buller, H., Goodman, M., Hayes-Conroy, A., Hayes-Conroy, J. & 6 others, Tucker, L., Blake, M., Le Heron, R., Putnam, H., Maye, D. & Henderson, H., Feb 2011, Progress in Human Geography. p. 104-120 17 p. (Progress in Human Geography; vol. 35).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter


Activities 2017 2019

  • 2 Membership of network
  • 1 Organising a conference or workshop
  • 1 Invited talk

Plenary paper at British Sociological Association conference

Alison Hulme (Speaker)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Global Studies Association conference 2019

Alison Hulme (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (External organisation)

Alison Hulme (Chair)

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch

Global Studies Association (External organisation)

Alison Hulme (Chair)

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch