Professor in Festival and Event Management
Ali-Knight, J. The role of niche tourism products in destination development. (Thesis)
Niche tourism refers to how a specific tourism product can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular audience/market segment. Locations with specific niche products are ab...
Carlsen, J., Ali-Knight, J., & Robertson, M. (2007, January). Access: Developing a research agenda for Edinburgh festivals and events. Paper presented at International Event Research Conference., Melbourne, Australia
No abstract available.
Robertson, M., Ong, F., Lockstone-Binney, L., & Ali-Knight, J. (in press). Critical event studies – issues and perspective. Event Management, 22(6),
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...
Qatar National Research Fund
Generate an audit of current activities of various Qatari based institutions (public, private and voluntary sectors) linked to the promotion of green and active living via events.
Elicit constructive ...
Ali-Knight, J., & Ensor, J. (2017). Salute to the sun: an exploration of UK yoga tourist profiles. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(4), (484-497). doi:10.1080/02508281.2017.1327186. ISSN 0250-8281
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...
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). doi:10.1108/ijchm-10-2015-0581. ISSN 0959-6119
The events and festivals literature relies on theories and models borrowed from tourism studies which may insufficiently account for the unique characteristics of even...
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). doi:10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.01.005. ISSN 1447-6770
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 ...
Jarman, D., Theodoraki, E., Hall, H., & Ali-Knight, J. (2014). Social network analysis and festival cities: an exploration of concepts, literature and methods. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 5(3), (311-322). doi:10.1108/ijefm-11-2013-0034. ISSN 1758-2954
Social network analysis (SNA) is an under-utilised framework for research into festivals and events. This paper reflects upon the history of SNA, and explores its key concepts...
Weber, K., & Ali‐Knight, J. (2011). Events and festivals in Asia and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region: Opportunities and challenges. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 3(1), (4-8). doi:10.1108/17582951211210898. ISSN 1758-2954
Purpose – This editorial aims to provide a brief overview of recent developments in the events industry in general, and in Asia and the MENA region in particular. The discussi...
Ensor, J., Robertson, M., Ali-Knight, J., Ensor, J., Robertson, M., & Ali-Knight, J. (2011). Eliciting the dynamics of leading a sustainable event: Key informant responses. Event Management, 15(4), (315-327). doi:10.3727/152599511X13175676722483. ISSN 1525-9951
Within the event management literature relating to network development and festival sustainability there is a paucity of research that analyzes the perception of festival sust...
Stephenson, . M. L. & Ali-Knight, J. (2010). Dubai's tourism industry and its societal impact: social implications and sustainable challenges. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. 8(4), 278-292. doi:10.1080/14766825.2010.521248. ISSN 1476-6825
This paper initially outlines the principles and strategies underpinning Dubai's ambitious plans to develop a rather unique destination of international distinction. The discu...
Carlsen, J., Andersson, T. D., Ali‐Knight, J., Jaeger, K., & Taylor, R. (2009). Festival management innovation and failure. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 1(2), (120-131). doi:10.1108/17852951011056900. ISSN 1758-2954
Purpose – The paper seeks to examine the concepts, types and implications of festival innovation and failure.Design/methodology/approach – A review of extant literature is und...
J. Ali-Knight, M. Robertson, A. Fyall, & A. Ladkin (Eds.), (2008). International Perspectives of Festivals and Events
In a fast-moving industry where new theory and practice is implemented rapidly, this is essential reading for any advanced student or researcher in festivals and events.
Ali-Knight, J., Robertson, M., Fyall, A., & Ladkin, &. A. (2009). Introduction: International Perspectives of Festivals and Events : Paradigms of Analysis. In J. Ali-Knight, M. Robertson, A. Fyall, & A. Ladkin (Eds.), International Perspectives of Festivals and Events : Paradigms of Analysis, xix. Oxford, UK: Elsevier
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Frew, E. & Ali‐Knight, J. (2008). Independent theatres and the creation of a fringe atmosphere. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research. 3(3), 211-227. doi:10.1108/17506180910980528. ISSN 1750-6182
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish the image and associated impression of atmosphere created by independent theatres at two fringe festivals namely, Edinburgh...
Ensor, J., Robertson, M., & Ali-Knight, J. (2007). The Dynamics of Successful Events - The Experts Perspective. Managing Leisure, 12(3), (223-235). doi:10.1080/13606710701406550. ISSN 1360-6719
Interviews with key leaders formed the basis of this exploratory research to elicit and identify the key factors that festival leaders perceive as the characteristics of creat...
Niche tourism refers to how a specific tourism product can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular audience/market segment. Locations...
As a societal phenomenon, festivals and planned events are discussed in a wide policy context. They have entered a broader discus...
An investigation of perceptions of work based learning partnerships from the perspective of employers and universities. The findings will contribute to recommendations on how universities can enhance partnerships with employers in order to enhance the experiences of work placement students.
The Business School
Edinburgh Napier University
24 March 2017
21 April 2016