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Alice Thomson

Junior Consultant

Alice is part of Eunomia’s Policy Team and is based in the Bristol office. She is interested in emerging ideas on Natural Economy and with a personal love for the natural environment is interested in policy interventions which allow natural resources to be valued and protected. This extends to patterns of resource use, including topics such as marine plastics and the circular economy. She uses the research and analytical skills developed during a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, and subsequent research projects, in her work at Eunomia.

 

Recent Experience

Since starting at Eunomia in 2017, Alice has contributed to wide range of projects in the policy team, working at regional, national, European and global level. Alice has assisted with research projecting the impact of Brexit and removal of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on British farming and land management practices – and in turn the effects of such changes on the water environment. The work resulted in policy recommendations for the shape of UK agricultural policy post Brexit, and was presented at the Oxford farming conference.  Alice also has a strong interest in issues around plastics and management of resources, having been involved in numerous projects in this field. Projects have included an impact assessment of single use plastics (SUPs) and development of policy measures to reduce their prevalence in marine litter, research on the impacts of microplastic pollution on the aquaculture industry, and work looking at understanding global flows of plastic to the ocean and policy interventions for the highest contributing areas. Alice also led the assessment of the European Member States’ implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive for DG Environment.

Alice has also completed research into the incineration of waste in Europe, modelling the potential carbon benefits of separating materials from the municipal waste reaching incinerators and allowing an argument to be developed for removal and recycling of carbon dense materials like plastics. Being a creative and flexible thinker allows Alice to apply her skills to a wide range of problems in this way.

 

Career History

Alice holds a First-Class Degree in Biological Sciences from Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. During her studies, she received a number of awards for her work, gaining the Heron Allen scholarship for best performance in preliminary examinations, and the Orielton field prize for outstanding fieldwork. She therefore comes to Eunomia with strong data analysis and research skills.

In her final year, Alice specialised in environmental science and conservation modules, studying ecology of terrestrial ecosystems, species conservation and marine ecology. She completed a dissertation on the risks posed by invasive species which included analysis of economic costs and current and potential policy interventions as well as critique of the concepts underlying invasive species biology. Alice has strong presentation skills, as demonstrated in her final year viva on the impacts of anthropogenic ocean noise on cetaceans, which also included analysis of the scale of the problem and policy interventions to tackle it.

After graduation, Alice worked as a research assistant for the University of Edinburgh’s Rum Red Deer project on the Isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides. Here, she contributed to the long-term mammal study on the resident deer population which, amongst other things, looks at the response of the deer and other island biota to climate change. Alice has also worked for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, interning for them in 2014.

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