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Dr Alison Stowell

Senior Lecturer

Charles Carter Building



Research overview

Alison's research interests focus on social and organisational responses to the challenges of waste. Specific areas of interest include: Organisation and management responses, waste policy, negotiating values attributed to waste and waste as a particular type of work. Although, for the past 10 years her preoccupation has focused on electronic waste (e-waste e.g. computers, laptops, mobile telephones etc), her curiosity relates to most forms.  



PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students in subjects that are waste related or ideas surrounding the Circular Economy. More specifically, topics that focus on social, organisation and managerial responses, the negotiations surrounding values attributed to waste and waste as a particular type of work.

Current Teaching


EMBA Business Ethics and Sustainability (Convenor for Ghana and Contributing Lecturer for UK), MBA Responsible Management and Ethics (Contributing Lecturer), LUMSNET Pilot - Managing e-Waste (Convenor), Dissertation Supervisor.


OWT.230 Management and the Natural Environment: Ethics and Sustainability, Dissertation Supervisor.

Professional Role

Associate Director for Corporate Relations in the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business


BSc Business and Information Technology (Portsmouth)

MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (Lancaster)

PhD Organisation, Work and Technology (Lancaster)


Alison joined the Department in 2014, prior to moving into academia; she worked in both public and private sector organisations. Alison has worked at the Crown Prosecution Service, IBM and as a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is an accredited IBM IT Specialist and has held multiple roles during the time spent working there. These roles included Technical Support, Service Management and Service Operations.

Current Research

Alison's current research are interdisciplinary and collaborative venture:

1.  An independent study exploring the unreported flows of waste electrical and electronic equipment focusing on reuse and secondhand flows with with Dr Dmitry Yumashev, Camila De Jesus Silva and Oliver Schaer. The project is being led by Anthesis and in collobaration with REPIC Ltd and VALPAK.

2. IAA: A violet biotechnology understanding (law, ethical and philosophical issues) of organic electronics with Dr John Hardy and Dr Noel Cass. 

Research Grants

ESRC IAA (£6500) - Awarded to Dr Alison Stowell (PI) and Dr John Hardy (PI) for IAA: A violet biotechnology understanding of organic electronics (Sept 2019-Feb 2020)

REPIC Grant (£81,175.20) - Awarded to Dr Alison Stowell (PI), Dr Dmitry Yumashev (CI), Dr Lingxuan Liu (CI) for the UK EEE and WEEE Quantification and Compliance Target Study (Sept 2017 - July 2018).

Santander Universities Global Division and Lancaster University International Projects Award (£10,000) - Grant awarded to send Lancaster University Management School Students to attend the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Annual Meeting (April 2016).

Economic and Social Research Council - (UK) +3 studentship; Doctoral Scholarship in pursuance of a PhD in Organisation Studies focusing on the organisation of Electronic Waste, Lancaster University Management School, University of Lancaster.


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