Jane Ali-Knight

Jane AliKnight

Prof Jane Ali-Knight

Professor

Biography

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

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Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Committee member for the Tourism Society Scotland

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Event Manager/Publicity Co-ordination for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2007 – 2011
  • Delivery of Cake Fest Edinburgh, 21 June 2015 as part of VisitScoland’s Year of Food and Drink.
  • Community Festival Management experience through organisation of inaugural Stockbridge Village Festival, September 2006, Stockbridge Jumboree, 2011 and Stockfest 2012, 2013.
  • Jane Ali-Knight and Paul Gudgin to deliver Executive Certificate programme to Qatar and Abu Dhabi audiences.
  • 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).
  • • Nominated for Event 100 Club, 2016 (100 most influential people in the UK Events Industry).
  • Destination Leaders Programme (DLP) Shortlisted for Times Higher Education Leadership and Management (THELMA) Award in the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category.
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Fellow ofhe Royal Society of the Arts (RSA)
  • • Winner, Student Event Category, Scottish Event Awards, October 2015. Commendations 2013 and 2016.
  • 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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Unlock & Revive: The ingredients needed to deliver accessible online cultural and heritage events that bring positive benefits to people living with dementia

Report
Stewart, H., Smith, S., Baxter, R., Ali-Knight, J., & Kerr, G. (2022)
Unlock & Revive: The ingredients needed to deliver accessible online cultural and heritage events that bring positive benefits to people living with dementia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University
Unlock & Revive is a multi-disciplinary action-research project that involves multiple partners. It is a highly collaborative project aimed at supporting the wellbeing of peop...

The ‘Senses Framework’: A relationship-centred approach to co-producing dementia events in order to allow people to live well after a dementia diagnosis

Journal Article
Stewart, H., Ali-Knight, J., Stephen, S., & Kerr, G. (2022)
The ‘Senses Framework’: A relationship-centred approach to co-producing dementia events in order to allow people to live well after a dementia diagnosis. Event Management, 26(1), 157-175. https://doi.org/10.3727/152599521X16192004803683
Dementia is a progressive disorder that affects how the brain works, and in particular the ability to remember, think and reason. It affects speech, mood, mobility, behavior a...

Modelling Mobility and Infection: The reopening of Edinburgh's Festivals

Report
Ali-Knight, J. (2021)
Modelling Mobility and Infection: The reopening of Edinburgh's Festivals. University of Edinburgh
Closure of business, festivals and cultural activities due to COVID-19 has imposed a significant social and economic loss to the City of Edinburgh. This project modelled the s...

Critical Event Studies: Issues and Perspectives

Journal Article
Robertson, M., Ong, F., Lockstone-Binney, L., & Ali-Knight, J. (2018)
Critical Event Studies: Issues and Perspectives. Event Management, 22(6), 865-874. https://doi.org/10.3727/152599518x15346132863193
In considering critical event studies, a brief reference to critical pedagogy is made before an initial look at Critical Management Studies (CMS) prior to consideration of Crt...

Guest editorial

Journal Article
Platt, L., & Ali-Knight, J. (2018)
Guest editorial. Journal of Place Management and Development, 11(3), 262-265. https://doi.org/10.1108/jpmd-08-2018-131
Authors are guest editors of special issue of Journal to Place Management and Development.

Special Issue: Grassroots Festivals and Place Making

Journal Article
(2018)
Special Issue: Grassroots Festivals and Place Making. Journal of Place Management and Development, 11(3),
Authors are editors of the special issue to Journal of Place Management and Development.

Special Issue: Critical Event Studies: Issues and Perspectives

Journal Article
(2018)
Special Issue: Critical Event Studies: Issues and Perspectives. Event Management, 22(6),
Authors are guest editors of a special issue to the journal Event Management.

Salute to the sun: an exploration of UK yoga tourist profiles

Journal Article
Ali-Knight, J., & Ensor, J. (2017)
Salute to the sun: an exploration of UK yoga tourist profiles. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(4), 484-497. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508281.2017.1327186
This paper focuses on exploring yoga tourism as an under researched area where little has been written to date (Ali-Knight, 2009; Lehto, Brown, Chen & Morrison, 2006). Yoga to...

The event and festival life cycle – developing a new model for a new context

Journal Article
Holmes, K., & Ali-Knight, J. (2017)
The event and festival life cycle – developing a new model for a new context. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 29(3), 986-1004. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijchm-10-2015-0581
Purpose The events and festivals literature relies on theories and models borrowed from tourism studies which may insufficiently account for the unique characteristics of even...

Aspirations and progression of event management graduates: A study of career development

Journal Article
Barron, P., & Ali-Knight, J. (2017)
Aspirations and progression of event management graduates: A study of career development. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 30, 29-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.01.005
The provision of event management education in the higher education sector has grown significantly in recent years, yet little is known of the circumstances of the increasing ...

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