Our People

Alice Thomson
Policy issues around plastics, resource efficiency and the circular economy are my focus. I’m particularly interested in sustainability interventions in developing economies. When not in the office, I’m most likely found on my bike and have found a love for ultra-distance events.

Alice is part of Eunomia’s Policy team and is based in the Bristol office. She has 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.

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 focusses on plastics and microplastics, including analysis around marine litter and development of policy initiatives to reduce plastic flows into the ocean. She is interested in interventions which improve how resources are used and valued, working towards a circular economy and has a wealth of project experience in these areas.

Past 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 and seafood industry, and work looking at understanding global flows of plastic to the ocean and policy interventions for the highest contributing areas. In the course of her work, Alice took part in a riverine and marine litter panel alongside leading plastic campaginers Hugo Tagholm and Martin Dorey.

Alice has a good knowledge of key EU directives around waste and resources, and led the assessment of the European Member States’ implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive for DG Environment in 2017. More recently, her work has focussed on the impacts of the latest revisions to the EU directives including the waste framework directive, as well as the incoming single use plastics directive.

Being a creative and flexible thinker allows Alice to apply her skills to a wide range of problems. Alice is passionate about the natural environment and sees development of intelligent policy interventions as a way to safeguard the future integrity of our ecosystems.

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.

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.