Alison was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute from 2008 to 2010, where she worked on digital rights and internet governance issues. From 2011-2014 she was a member of the European Network of Excellence in Internet Science. In this project she studied open source hardware licensing and governance.
She is an associated researcher with the artistic research project Museum of Contemporary Commodities, where she has investigated data commodities and everyday life in cities.
She is a member of the Digital Policy Alliance working group on the Internet of Things and a member of the BSI standards-setting body on the Internet of Things.
Alison is currently interested in projects and partnerships that investigate how to build ethical, reflexive Internet of Things systems, and projects that help reshape how data can be used by citizens for civic or community interest.