Alison McCleery is Professor of Cultural Geography in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University and leads the ENrich (Edinburgh Napier Research in Cultural Heritage) team there. She combines longstanding academic expertise in the social, economic and cultural development of peripheral regions of the North Atlantic with a more recent specialism in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), especially in respect of the challenges of using ICH as a driver of development in economically marginal communities. She has presented and published widely on both strands of research and, in relation to ICH, has undertaken a range of invited commissions, including for UNESCO, Creative Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland. One of her team's ICH reports was the subject of a high-profile launch during the Edinburgh International Festival in 2008 by the then Director General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura. She has also completed a major three-year research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on approaches to the safeguarding and recording of ICH in Scotland. In addition to leading her ENrich team, Alison is also currently Joint Director of Research for the Business School and was previously seconded as Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science/UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre hosted by the University of Edinburgh.