Jane Ali-Knight

Jane AliKnight

Dr Jane Ali-Knight

Associate Professor


Dr. Jane Ali-Knight is a founding member and Director of the Edinburgh Institute: Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET) at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and is Course Director of the ‘Executive Certificate in Event Management’. She is currently leading and developing EIFET operations in Scotland as well as lecturing at Universities internationally and facilitating training and development in the field.  EIFET’s core activities fall into three main areas: event and festival related programmes; research and publications and conferences and professional events. A recognised academic she has presented at major international and national conferences and has published widely in the areas of wine tourism, tourism, festival and event marketing and management. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vacation Marketing, International Journal of Event and Festival Management and the World Journal of Managing Events, is a regular reviewer for Tourism Management and has also been a Special Edition Editor for Event Management. She has also edited seminal text books in the area of Festival and Event Management: International Perspectives of Festivals and Events: Paradigms of Analysis (2008); Case Studies in Festival and Event Marketing and Cultural Tourism (2006) and Festival and Event Management: An International Arts and Culture Perspective (2003). Jane has been a judge on the Middle East and Scottish Event Awards as well as the event component of the Scottish Thistle Awards. She has also been a panel member for Event Scotland, delivered presentations for Creative Scotland, is a Director of the Scottish Festivals and Events Association and a board member of the British Arts Festivals Association.

Research Areas



Media Activity

  • Boost for Scottish tourism with destination leaders programme
  • Mercat Tours professionalise their Tour Guide programme


Conference Activity

  • Professional conference and seminar organisation: LSA 2005 International Academic Conference; Festivals and Events: Beyond Economic Impacts. July 4 – 6 2005; Tourism Society Scotland Annual Conference, Aviemore, Scotland June 2007; Realising a Culture of
  • Win a place on the Executive Certificate in Event Management (ECEM)
  • Community Festival Management experience through organisation of inaugural Stockbridge Village Festival, September 2006, Stockbridge Jumboree, 2011 and Stockfest 2012, 2013.
  • Delivery of Cake Fest Edinburgh, 21 June 2015 as part of VisitScoland’s Year of Food and Drink.
  • Event Manager/Publicity Co-ordination for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2007 – 2011
  • Jane Ali-Knight and Paul Gudgin to deliver Executive Certificate programme to Qatar and Abu Dhabi audiences.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Win a free place on the Executive Certificate in Events Management
  • Congratulations to DLP Graduates!


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Committee member for the Tourism Society Scotland


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