Gillian Gloyer studied ancient languages at Wadham College, Oxford. She was president of the Oxford University Archaeology Society and, while at school and university, excavated in the UK and Italy. What might be called a portfolio career then took her from Scotland to Albania via Spain, Chile, Belgium and Bosnia. She lived in Albania for four years, directing a long-term training programme with mid-career politicians from 12 parties. She returned to Scotland in 2002 and is now based in Edinburgh.
Gillian is the author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Albania, now in its fourth edition (April 2012). She is currently a consultant in democracy and governance and has worked in several countries of the former Soviet Union as an international election observer or running voter education programmes.