Jane Ali-Knight

Jane AliKnight

Prof Jane Ali-Knight

Professor in Festival and Event Management


Dr. Jane Ali-Knight is a Professor in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and a Visiting Research Professor at Curtin University, Perth. She is currently leading and developing the festival and event subject group as well as lecturing at Universities internationally and facilitating training and development in the field. Her core activities fall into three main areas: event and festival related programmes; research and publications and conferences and professional events. She is currently a board member of BAFA (British Arts and Festivals Association), Without Walls, Vice Chair of Women in Tourism and is a Fellow of the HEA and Royal Society of the Arts.

Research Groups



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Committee member for the Tourism Society Scotland


Conference Activity

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Fellowships and Awards

  • DLP course awarded ‘Leadership in the Visitor Economy: Most Innovative Project’ by the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE).
  • Destination Leaders Programme (DLP) Shortlisted for Times Higher Education Leadership and Management (THELMA) Award in the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category.
  • • Nominated for Event 100 Club, 2016 (100 most influential people in the UK Events Industry).
  • • Winner, Student Event Category, Scottish Event Awards, October 2015. Commendations 2013 and 2016.
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Fellow ofhe Royal Society of the Arts (RSA)
  • Congratulations to DLP Graduates!


Media Activity

  • Syn Festival Edinburgh shaping up for success
  • Business School's Destination Leaders Programme (DLP) recognised
  • Are giant music festivals at the end of the road?
  • When it comes to Festivals and Events, 'Scotland is the Perfect Stage'
  • Boost for Scottish tourism with destination leaders programme
  • Mercat Tours professionalise their Tour Guide programme


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