Originally qualifying and practicing as an industrial chemist, in mid-career Dr Alan Waring switched emphasis to management and social sciences. In 1994, he gained a PhD from Westminster University on the management of change in organisations. From 1986 to 2016 full-time, he was an international risk management consultant on a range of corporate, strategic and operational risk issues to government departments, institutions, and large corporations, in many countries.

In the UK, from 1982-1984 he was a senior lecturer at South Bank in health & safety management and also in the 1980s was visiting lecturer variously at e.g. Cranfield, Herriott-Watt, Loughborough, and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  He has held visiting roles (2006-2008) at Tsinghua University in Beijing (International Consultant at Public Safety Research Unit) and the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy at Hong Kong Baptist University where he was Adjunct Professor on corporate risk.

His contribution to European University Cyprus began in 2011 and he was Visiting Professor at CERIDES 2014-2016. His books include Managing Risk (Waring and Glendon, 1998), Corporate Risk and Governance (2013) and Practical Systems Thinking (1996).  He was also editor and contributor to the two-volume anthology The New Authoritarianism: A Risk Analysis of the Alt-Right Phenomenon (2018, 2019 Ibidem Verlag). He has published a number articles as a CERIDES affiliate in double-blind peer-reviewed journals.