Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master of Arts in Geographical and Environmental Research from Keele University. In 2019, she embarked on a Sustainability Internship journey, culminating in her full-time employment as Keele's Sustainability Engagement Officer in July 2022.
Alana embeds sustainability engagement across the university including academics, professional service staff and students to adopt a 'sustainability lens' in their professional and personal lives, activities and decision making.
A passionate advocate for youth activism, nature, and wildlife, Alana played a pivotal role in elevating Keele University to Hedgehog Friendly Campus Platinum status in 2022. She serves as a trustee for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services. Alana is actively supporting initiatives such as the Youth Environmental Service, Young Voices for Nature, and the Uprising Environmental Leadership Programme.
Research and scholarship
Alana's main research focus looks into community and youth actions for climate change and nature around Staffordshire, with a growing interest on the vitalness of sustainability in education, student activism and community engagement.
Alana has been a research assistant on the following projects:
E:Mission - a Teaching Innovation Projects Scheme developing a multiplayer text-based game to increase awareness of lifestyle choices' impact on our planet. Part of an interdisciplinary team and collaboration with Iowa State University. See: https://www.keele.ac.uk/kiite/projects/teachinginnovationprojectsscheme/tipsprojects2019-2020/e-mission/
Restorying Riverscapes - exploring the history of the textile industry on the riverscape of the Churnet at Leek, Staffordshire and supporting citizen science to tell a different story about the textile industries environmental impact on the Churnet. Partnered with Fashion Revolution. See: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/restorying-riverscapes/
Animal Geographies & Citizen Science - a scoping literature review on animals, citizen science and education, whilst also supporting the Pet Theft Reform campaign.
COMMENT | 'WE ALL HAVE A BIG PART TO PLAY IN HELPING WILDLIFE' https://www.keele.ac.uk/about/news/2023/march/commentweallhaveabigparttoplayinhelpingwildlife/wildlife-keele-hegdehogs.php
VOLUNTEERS PLANT 300 TREES ON KEELE CAMPUS TO HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE https://www.keele.ac.uk/about/news/2019/december/tree-planting-climate-change/trees-planting-climate-change.php
Alana supports various teaching, particularly in co-curricular activities, and leads on the Carbon Literacy Project at Keele University.
Alana is an Associate Fellow (AFHEA) and a Carbon Literacy Facilitator.
For further information see the Sustainability at Keele webpages.
If you are interested in getting involved in Sustainability at Keele or being part of the Keele Green Festival, please do contact Alana.