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Alison Neilson

  • PhD/Investigadora
  • Senior Researcher
  • University of Coimbra Centre for Social Studies
  • 0ReadersNumber of instances of Alison's publications in Mendeley libraries. Updated daily.
  • 12PublicationsNumber of items in Alison's My Publications folder on Mendeley.

Research interests

arts-informed researchknowledge productionEnvironment justice


Alison Neilson is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies in the Science, Economy and Society (NECES) group. She conducts narrative and arts-informed research on the way sustainability is understood and manifest in education and policy. Her current research is about the ways that people who live on islands, Iceland and the Azores, learn to be part of the governance system related to life on the sea. She studies the processes of education, including informal, nonformal and formal, to understand how people are encultured into governance structures and how the issues and structures themselves are constructed. Arts-informed Research Network:

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Publications (5)

  • Reflexive Research and Education for Sustainable Development with Coastal Fishing Communities in the Azores Islands: A Theatre for Questions

    • Neilson A
    • Castro I
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  • Coastal fisheries in the Azores Pt A question of sovereignty sustainability and space

    • Neilson A
    • Cardwell E
    • Pato C
  • Spirited practice of transformative education for sustainability

    • Neilson A
    • Blomberg D
    • Gabriel R
  • Disrupting privilege identity and meaning: A reflexive dance of environmental education

    • Neilson A
  • Trickster teachers

    • Neilson A

Professional experience

Senior Researcher

Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Estudos Sociais

March 2014 - Present

Education history

PhD Comparative International Development Educatioin

University of Toronto

January 2000 - April 2005(5 years)

MSc Population Ecology of Little Brown Bats

York University

April 1989 - April 1991(2 years)

BES Joint Biology and Environmental Studies

University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment

January 1986 - January 1989(3 years)