Alasdair Lord was born in York, England & grew up there and first became interested in issues of social justice and environmental issues during the Thatcher administration in the early 1980s. After working in Holland in the early 90s he attended the University of Portsmouth from 1992-1996 and graduated with a BA(Hons) in Latin American Studies. During this time he spent a year studying in Mexico and witnessed the Zapatista uprising in San Cristobal de Las Casas, New Year’s Day 1994 first hand. He obtained an MSc in Water and Environmental Management from the Water Engineering Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University in 2003.
After graduating in 1996 he became an English as a Foreign Language teacher and over the next 20 years lived and worked for 8 years in Thailand, 4 years in Oman and 2 years in Saudi Arabia. He has also worked at a number of language schools in England, teaching mixed nationality groups of teenagers and adults, and business-people one-to-one. During his time living in Thailand he was the Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator for the British Council (Thailand), co-writing a text book on climate change for Thai high school teachers and delivering a paper at the 10th UNESCO-APEID conference, Learning Together; Education for Sustainable Development, in Bangkok in December 2006. He was formerly assistant manager at Incy Wincy Yoga – Thailand’s first exclusively child-focused yoga provider – and a children’s yoga instructor. While living in Thailand he also survived the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and the devastating flooding of 2011 in Ayutthaya.
He first encountered the teachings of the Buddha at school aged 16 and eventually took refuge in the Thai forest monk tradition in November 2012; politically he considers himself a Dharmic-Socialist. He speaks fluent Spanish and Thai and passable French, is divorced, has one teenaged daughter and currently lives in York, UK. The Tao of Sustainable Development is his first book without a co-author.