Alison has a background in environmental research and policy. Following her PhD and post-doctoral research in air pollution, she became a policy advisor at Defra. She worked closely with partners in the EU and United Nations to tackle emissions and environmental protection. She currently works in the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University, coordinating a range of research projects, particularly on climate change.
She lives in Northumberland with her husband and two children. Alison has hands on experience of green building, by extending and eco-renovating her family home. In her spare time she enjoys permaculture gardening and walking.