Interim head of resource policy
Susan joined Green Alliance in September 2021 as a senior policy adviser in the Resources theme, overseeing our project work on resource efficiency and the circular economy during Libby Peake’s maternity leave. In March 2022, she was promoted to interim head of resource policy. She was previously policy manager at Zero Waste Scotland, a publicly funded environmental organisation, where she led a team providing policy support to the Scottish Government related to the circular economy and waste reduction, as well as developing new policy insights. Topics covered during her time there included restrictions on single use plastics, reforms to extended producer responsibility and the early development of a Circular Economy Bill for Scotland. Prior to that, Susan worked for over eight years with the Economist Intelligence Unit, first as an in-house analyst in Hong Kong and later as an external contractor, after starting her own research business in Edinburgh. Building on her background as a China analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, she conducted a number of research projects related to global trade and development, including responsible supply chains, before turning her attention more consistently to the circular economy and domestic environmental policy. Susan has an MA (Hons) in Chinese from the University of Edinburgh and a postgraduate MA in international relations from the University of Nottingham. She is also a trained generalist adviser, and adviser to the board of trustees of her local Citizens Advice Bureau.