Alison Bancroft was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and has lived in London and Paris. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen Mary, University of London, and has taught at the University of London, the University of the Arts, and the Sorbonne. She transitioned out of academic life in 2011 and is now a culture analyst, strategist and forecaster. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle and design, and she is also a specialist in gender and culture. She writes for various consumer and business websites and speaks regularly at public lectures and commercial presentations and briefings. Her first book, Fashion and Psychoanalysis, was published in 2012.
A freelance semiotician and cultural insights expert in San Francisco, Ramona has pinpointed key language and imagery, crafted brand strategy and inspired innovation for established brands in the consumer packaged goods, apparel, technology, spirits and beverages, beauty, healthcare and food categories. Ramona has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on cultural studies and visual communication. Earlier in her career, she worked as a producer for television, and spent almost ten years as researcher, advertising and brand strategist for a global corporation.
San Francisco, US
Caroline is a freelance academic and writer. Her current research focuses on the politics of emotion, analysing the rising political and public interest in happiness. Caroline has a BA in Sociology from the University of Derby and an MA in Sociology from the University of Manchester. Her past research has explored the experience of grief and loss and examined the role of emotions in qualitative research. She’s also worked as a research assistant at Loughborough University undertaking qualitative research into the experience of spinal injury. Caroline writes a blog: https://politicsofthehap.wordpress.com where you can find more of her work.