Our people


Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) has a small team of dedicated researchers and project managers. Find out more below.


Rob Harrison

Consultancy Manager / Director

LLB, Victoria University of Manchester

Rob was one of three founder directors of ECRA in 1987.  Since that date he has worked as a consultant to NGOs (including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace) on engaging consumers in their campaigns, as an advisor to government departments (including those in  Belgium, Austria and Brazil) on encouraging the use of ethical consumption and procurement for social and environmental goals, as a consultant to consumer organisations (including groups in Spain and Hungary) on researching the CSR performance of companies, and to companies (including the Co-operative Bank, and Lush Cosmetics) on developing world-leading ethical policies and implementing them in practice.

He has also edited and contributed to academic work in this area including the 2005 Sage book 'The Ethical Consumer' [http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book227081] and the 1997 Routledge 'Green Building Handbook'. [http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780419226901/]. 

He has also been an editor of Ethical Consumer magazine since its inception in 1989. In addition Rob has spoken widely in the press, on radio and on TV, and also to universities and campaign groups around the world, on the importance of facilitating ethical consumption in a globalised marketplace.



Tim Hunt

Researcher / Communications / Director

BA Modern History and Politics, University of Manchester
MSc Sustainable Development , Manchester Metropolitan University

Tim joined ECRA in June 2008. Since then he has worked on a number of consultancy projects including customers who care and CORE scores. His main focus within ECRA is research and writing for the website and magazine. His area of expertise is the technology sector specifically the mobile phone market. Tim is also responsible for marketing and campaigning.

Outside of ECRA Tim is a board member of Red Pepper magazine and has written for a number of publications. Prior to working at ECRA Tim had worked as a freelance researcher carrying out research focused on the local economy and democracy. He had also co-founded the local independent news site Manchester Mule. In addition Tim has spoken at a number of conferences on the subject of co-operatives and mutualism in a variety of contexts.



Jane Turner


BA English and Philosophy

Jane was a founder member of Ethical Consumer in 1987 since when she has worked on most areas of the business but now focusses on research, writing and production of Ethical Consumer magazine. Her consultancy projects have mainly been for the Co-op Bank in the area of their policy development. Her specialist industry sector is electrical goods and toxic chemicals.

Heather Webb


BA International Development with Geography, University of Leeds
MA Human Rights and Ethics, Salford University

Heather joined Ethical Consumer in November 2009 is a researcher and also involved marketing and subscriptions. Heather's main area of interest is the food sector specially food security and global food supply chains.

Outside of Ethical Consumer she has recently completed her masters in Human Rights and Ethics including a dissertation on food speculation. She has also worked at Refugee Action as a caseworker for failed asylum seekers.


Dr Joanna Long



PhD, Queen Mary, University of London

Joanna first joined Ethical Consumer as a Research Associate and then as member of staff in July 2014. During that time she has worked on a number of consultancy projects, including the Fair Tax Mark. Her background is that of a researcher and technical writer with over ten years’ experience managing projects of various sizes and timescales.



Research Associates:


Dan Welch

Research Associate

Phd: Sociology, the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester
MA: Cultural Studies, Lancaster University
BA Hons: Social Anthropology, School of African and Asian Studies, Sussex University

Dan worked with ECRA from 2006-2011 as a writer-researcher and from 2008 as Co-Editor of Ethical Consumer magazine. During his time with ECRA he was a regular commentator in national media, wrote for the Guardian’s ‘Green Living’ blog, and worked on consultancy projects for clients including The Co-operative Group and Lush Cosmetics. Dan also worked on secondment with the Co-operative Group's Social Goals team.

Dan has many years experience as a freelance copywriter, editor and researcher, specialising in issues of sustainability, ethics, business and consumption. Clients include: 2degrees; BT Group Brand & Marketing; The Co-operative Asset Management; Manchester Business School; SAGE Publications; the Sustainable Consumption Institute; and John Wiley & Sons.

He has recently completed a PhD studying commercial sustainability communications, during which he worked with pioneering communications agency Creative Concern. He is currently working with the Sustainable Practices Research Group, a major academic research programme across eight UK universities, helping them with communications. He also teaches sociology at the University of Manchester.