Alison is a Research Associate working with the Inclusive Regional Development team to support and document processes of alternative development at the sub-national level in Latin America. Since joining CoLab, her work has involved supporting capacity building for regional and territorial planning in Colombia and facilitating participatory action research processes in northeastern Brazil. Alison also contributes to the construction of learning and leadership networks between CoLab partners, with interest in how knowledge about innovation and development is produced and exchanged at community, regional, and transnational scales.
Alison completed her Masters in City Planning from MIT in June 2015. Prior to that, Alison worked extensively with community-based research initiatives in Latin America, with a focus on urban and community development in contexts of territorial conflict. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Latin American Studies and Urban Studies.