- Visiting Fellow, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
Alana is a visiting fellow with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, where she is currently exploring ethical issues around the role of international child sponsorship schemes as a form of development. Previously she convened courses for the School on the topics of humanitarianism, human rights, and human security. She also held a research fellowship investigating the place of religious actors in the global humanitarian order, and she is a member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.
Her research interests include religion in global politics, understanding the role of faith-based actors in international relief and development, and understanding varying cultures of humanitarianism in the international system. As a part of this work, Alana also investigates the interface of Christian faith and scholarly practice, having authored articles from the International Journal of Public Theology and St Mark’s Review that look at how Christian communities can engage ethically with relief and development work.