Alasdair Neilson

Policy Advisor at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Policy Advisor, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
CSaP Policy Intern (April - Aug 2020)

Alasdair is a Policy Advisor at the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Previously, he has worked as a consultant and Senior Analyst on the topics of sustainable development and climate change, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. His PhD research focused on unpacking afforestation targets, primarily for carbon sequestration, in East Africa, looking at the disjuncture between policy targets and project implementation. Before his PhD at Cambridge, Alasdair worked on marine policy legislation at the UK and EU level with Fidra and Fauna and Flora International. Before this, he worked as a researcher for the University of Edinburgh on projects focussing on off-grid energy access.

Alasdair was a CSaP intern in 2020 and worked on synthesising evidence for a green post-pandemic stimulus package for the UK Government and supported CSaP's involvement with the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum.