Alana received her BA (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland, majoring in both Peace and Conflict Studies and Logic and the Philosophy of Science, during which she completed an internship with the United Nations Association of Australia, Queensland Branch (UNAAQ). She received her PhD in 2020 from the ANU.
Alana’s previous research centred on the role of faith in guiding Christian organisations in their interactions with transformative concepts of humanitarianism. Her doctoral research interrogated the role of faith in shaping identity and practice for humanitarian actors. She focused particularly on the potential tensions between secular and religious understandings of ‘good’ humanitarianism.