Allan is co-Director of CALLS Hub along with Dr Oliver Duke-Williams. He has been Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews since 2011. He has previously held posts at the Universities of Glasgow and Dundee as well as working for the United Nations International Labour Office.
Allan is also editor of the international journal Population, Space and Place. His research interests focus on a range of topics associated with human mobilities. He co-leads the ‘New Mobilities’ strand of ESRC’s Centre for Population Change. His current research projects include analysis of the drivers of international student mobility.