Ali's research involves taking a critical perspective on popular representations of leadership and seeks to contribute to the creation of more sustainable culture, for humans and non-humans alike.
Ali graduated in Scotland in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in Social Science. She became a professional performer in 1986, touring both at home and abroad, before setting up her own business as a consultant in healing and creativity to organisations working with mental health issues. During the 1990s she trained first as a social worker and then as a systemic psychotherapist. She subsequently worked in the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service, working therapeutically with children, young people and their families. Specialising in domestic violence and child abuse, she consulted widely with a range of professionals in social services, police, health and education. She worked in the NHS for a decade before leaving in 2005 to train as an alternative healer.
Her research involves taking a critical perspective on popular representations of leadership and seeks to contribute to the creation of more sustainable culture, for humans and non-humans alike.
Her publications so far include a book review for Management Learning, and papers in the International Journal Of Work Organisation and Emotion and The Scandinavian Journal of Management. She presented a single authored paper at EGOS in Gothenburg in 2011, and is currently revising a paper (Re-constellating leadership through a re-examination of the sacred. The creation of a sustainable “mythos.”) for the Leadership journal. She also has a chapter forthcoming in a book being published by the British Sociological Association on Contemporaneous Re-embodiments. For more details visit her website at: academia.edu
Ali is supervised by Dr Inma Advares-Yorno.