Alison’s consultancy has included research for central government and local government, and promoting private sector interests through applications, appeals and inquiry evidence. Perhaps the defining feature of her work has been advice to parish councils, community groups and charities, enabling to make effective representations on development plans and major applications.

In academia, Alison lectures at a top UK planning school, directing an RTPI-accredited master’s programme. Her research focuses on planning practice in the developing world, public space and urban livelihoods, and community-led planning. As well as her trusteeship of Ruskin Mill Land Trust she is a Board Member of Homeless International and was recently nominated a Fellow of the RICS. Although active in academia, she still undertakes consultancy for selected clients.