Alison Mathie

Associate Director, Research and Publications

Alison has over 35 years of experience in the international development field in asset-based approaches to citizen-led development, monitoring and evaluation, rural livelihoods, and gender analysis. Alison has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for eight years and Nigeria for two years. Short-term overseas work as a researcher and facilitator has taken her to South Asia, South East Asia, the South Pacific, The MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa.

At the Coady Institute, she is primarily involved in coordinating research activities at the Institute. She is directly involved in action research and collaborative evaluation of asset-based community development in Ethiopia, and case study research on citizen-led initiatives for social and economic change in North America. This builds on a collection of case studies from around the world that she co-edited: From Clients to Citizens: Communities changing the course of their own development. She also teaches in the Development Studies program at St. Francis Xavier University.

Alison holds a PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University, USA; a MA in Sociology from the University of Guelph, Canada; and a MA in Geography (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh, UK.


Selected Publications & Presentations