Allan lives and works in London, where he studied design and philosophy. He is an academic liaison librarian at the University of Westminster. He has been an occasional lecturer on the Creative Practice for Narrative Environments course at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. As well as tutoring postgraduate research students, he has worked in recent years on the delivery of information skills, information literacy and research skills programmes at such institutions as Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Westminster. Prior to that, he spent many years working as a consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on its International Futures Programme, researching and writing about long-term socio-economic and environmental futures. He has also worked on government-funded, human–technology-interaction (HTI)-related research projects with universities such as Imperial College, Brunel University and University of the Arts, and large corporations such as Arup and British Telecom.