Alastair is currently a Research Officer in the Private Sector & Markets Programme. His work focuses on incentivising business investment or innovation through green growth policy formulation and implementation in emerging economies. Thanks to his proficiency in Chinese languages, he also contributes to ODI's engagement with China and is the training coordinator of DFID's Interantional Development Expertise Sharing Programme for Chinese public sector officials.
A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and qualified environmentalist, Alastair graduated from the University of Surrey, with a first class Master's degree in environmental strategy and sustainable development. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciencies, specialising in political science, public administration and journalism, from The University of Hong Kong.
Prior to joining ODI, Alastair was a Researcher at ResPublica, working within the New Economies, Innovative Markets workstream where he studied a number of policy issues radiating from localism in the UK. He has substantial experience in conducting researches and publishing articles on the politics and economics of climate change, sustainability, social enterprises, green investment and community energy.
Alastair has served in Hong Kong's civil service where he was involved in trade and industrial support policy implementation and received training organised by the World Trade Organisation.