Alix embraced the academic field after a career in policy, strategy and government affairs. She completed a PhD on using history in public policy development, after having completed her BA and MPhil degrees in History at Clare College, Cambridge.

Alix is a historian of contemporary Britain, with a focus on political culture and policymaking. She also has a longstanding interest in historical practice and the roles and responsibilities of historians in public life, taking contemporary politics, policymaking and business as underexplored contexts for historical work.