Alana is the DLP Program Manager and Deputy Director (Operations), based at the University of Birmingham. She is currently in the final stages of completing an MSc in International Development alongside work, and her research interests include governance, human rights and women’s political leadership and participation. Alana first graduated in English and Creative Writing and started her career in the arts sector. Based on her long-standing interest in solving complex social issues, since 2015 she has worked in research management and support - specialising in research funding for the social sciences. Alana is also a Director of the West Midland’s Anti-Slavery Network.