Dr Alison Browne joins speakers line up

Dr Alison Browne brings her expert knowledge of how people like us actually use their bathrooms to the Bathroom Business Conference 2013

Dr. Alison Browne
Research Fellow, Sustainable Consumption Institute,
University of Manchester

Alison is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester with interests in water, climate change adaptation, everyday practice and sustainable consumption, and the community and social impacts of large scale resource development (agriculture, mining, rural and urban development).

Joining the SCI in September 2012 she continues to manage one of the projects in the SCI’s Sustainable Practices Research Group consortium - the ‘Patterns of Water’ project, and the ARCC-Water project.

Prior to joining the SCI she was a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University (2010-2012). Here she managed two large interdisciplinary projects on climate change, water resource management and everyday practice (the EPSRC funded ARCC-Water and the ESRC/DEFRA/ Scottish Government SPRG Patterns of Water projects). While at LEC Alison also lead a range of consultancy projects for the UK Water Industry (Thames Water, UKWIR) focused on climate change, demand management and water efficiency. She was also PI on the NERC funded ‘Valuing Nature Network’ program on the development of an ecosystems services approach for UK land management.

Prior to moving to the UK Alison was a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Stronger Communities, Curtin University (2009-2010) and a Research Scientist at CSIRO Australia (2007-2009). Here she managed and worked on a range of projects on urban water management (alternative supply technologies such as recycled water, managed aquifer recharge), sustainable agriculture, and large scale resource development (mining). In 2007 Alison completed a PhD (Community Psychology) evaluating large scale natural resource management programs, and a Graduate Diploma (UK Masters equivalent) in Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies, at Curtin University, Western Australia.