Alastair Usher

Alastair is a co-founder of Ergon. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on labour, human rights and gender issues in emerging and developing economies worldwide. Alastair brings a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on practical experience in the fields of international labour and human rights,  governance, labour market institutions, and development economics.

Much of Alastair’s work over the past two decades has been advising public institutions with a development mandate, including development finance institutions, multilateral organisations and development agencies. Alastair’s current work is particularly focused on the social and human rights dimensions of Just Transition. His key areas of expertise include:

  • Jobs and development, including wages in low-income economies, social dimensions of rural development and employment-intensive investment
  • Gender in the workplace
  • Rights in informal economies
  • Responsible restructuring

An experienced trainer and facilitator, Alastair aims to combine policy and strategy development, organisational strengthening and direct project implementation.

Prior to co-founding Ergon, Alastair was senior researcher in the international department of Incomes Data Services (IDS), where he acted as UK research co-ordinator for the international Wage Indicator programme run by University of Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies.