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    Research Interests

    • Transdisciplinary research
    • Socio-technical design frameworks in the development setting
    • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber-physical systems
    • Data feminism
    • Sustainable community energy protocols 
    • Participatory research methods
    • Minoritised communities engagement and capacity building 

    Vision Statement

    As a transdisciplinary scholar, my work aims to dismantle knowledge silos between different disciplines and across sectorial boundaries to develop new ways of thinking about real-world problems. Central to this approach is the inclusion of non-academic stakeholders as active participants in the research process. By engaging stakeholders as co-producers of knowledge, I acknowledge and value different ways of knowing to produce scientific and societal understanding of an issue, whether it be about religion, energy, or cyber-physical systems.  My hope is the research outcomes will promote greater equality and transparency in decision-making to build the capacity and resilience of communities now and in the future. 

    Selected Research Projects

    EPSRC EnergyREV

    Nuffield Expressions of Self: Race, religion and representation of care-experienced children and young people 

    GAP-E: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Researching Key Industry Gaps in AI and Ethics 

    EPSRC GCRF Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED)

    AHRC GCRF Minorities on Campus: Discrimination, equality and politics of nationalism in Indian Higher Education  


     Alison is an Assistant Professor (Research) and Impact Lead at the Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling (CSM).

    Her research emphasises meaningful participation informed by an ethics of care to give voice to those traditionally excluded from public engagement and positions of authority. As a feminist scholar, her work draws upon intersectionality to identify and address to what extent AI design and practices can reproduce or challenge systems of oppression, discrimination, and structural inequality. 

    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 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, ‘As Sisters in Zion?’ How do Mormon Women in Britain Negotiate Gender’

    Award Date: 11 Aug 2020

    Associate Fellow of Higher Education

    Award Date: 4 Feb 2019

    Sociology , Degree, Sociology 1st Class Honours , University of Derby

    Award Date: 11 Jun 2014

    External positions

    Maxwell Institute Consultation on LDS Women's Historical and Contemporary Perspecative Panel Member , Brigham Young University

    22 Jun 201922 Jun 2022


    • HM Sociology
    • participatory research approaches
    • Humanitarian Energy
    • Minoritised religions
    • Data Feminism


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