Dr Louise MacAllister

Louise has lived in Devon for 20 years. She holds a first class BA in human geography (Exeter), MRes (masters in research methods) in critical human geography (Exeter), and a PhD in human geography (Exeter). For her PhD research Louise worked with families, schools, and health promotors to critically examine the effects of anti-obesity messaging.

Following her PhD, Louise initially remained at the University of Exeter where she was the project social scientist on an EU funded project called ‘Hennovation’; the project built farmer resilience and improved animal welfare through locally facilitated practice-led innovation networks across five European countries. Louise provided continuous monitoring and evaluation of project processes and learning outcomes, while developing resources to further support practice led innovation and the related facilitation processes.

More recently, Louise worked in Research Services at the University of Exeter, supporting a range of academic funding bids from idea generation to submission. 

Alongside her work at the University Louise has been involved with a number of local community groups in which she has held various roles including chair, spokesperson, and volunteer manager. She has also extensively applied her research skills to the community context providing guidance, support, and implementation on a number of community based surveys and research such as; The Exmouth Integrated Transport Interchange Surveys, The Exmouth Seafront Survey, The Budleigh Library Users Survey, and the Trust Respect & Empowerment in Education (TREE Vision) 'adult SATS experiment'. 

Louise joined Devon Communities Together in October 2018 as a Project Manager. She currently manages the Devon Community Resilience Forum, the 'Listening Ear' business support pilot, and a number of 'Catalyst' consultancy projects.

I love devon because ...

It has the best natural environment in which to enjoy my hobbies of wild swimming, walking, and horse riding.