Alana commenced her doctoral studies in 2015. She received her BA (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland, majoring in both Peace and Conflict Studies and Logic and the Philosophy of Science, during which she completed an internship with the United Nations Association of Australia, Queensland Branch (UNAAQ).
Alana’s previous research centred on the role of faith in guiding Christian organisations in their interactions with transformative concepts of humanitarianism. Her doctoral research will continue this avenue of research, interrogating the role of faith in shaping identity and practice for humanitarian actors. The potential tensions between secular and religious understandings of ‘good’ humanitarianism will be a particular focus.
Alana submitted her thesis in May 2019.