Dr Alison Booth

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Programme Leader - Event Management

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6550

Email: alison.booth@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room WH423
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Wellesley and Mayoral Drive
AUT City Campus.

Postal Address:

School of Hospitality and Tourism
Private Bag 92006 B36
Auckland 1142.


  • PhD, Music — University of Otago
  • Masters of Creative and Performing Arts (Hons) — The University of Auckland
  • Certificate of Tertiary Teaching — AUT University.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Postgraduate Supervision Tourism and Events (MA/PhD)
  • BA Event Management Programme
  • Paper Co-ordinator Event Production
  • Paper Co-ordinator Co-operative Education in Event Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Event Management
  • Event Planning.

Research Summary:

Alison Booth is a specialist in ethnography, festivalisation, social sustainability cultural representation of diasporic communities, event management theory and event production practices.

Her PhD, Performance Networks: Indian Cultural production in Aotearoa, explores the processes and relationships that support the production of cultural events, with specific reference to events that are of interest to and/or produced by New Zealand's Indian communities. Alison holds a Masters in Creative and Performing Arts with honours from the University of Auckland specialising in Arts Management with a primary world music production focus.

Alison is a performer as well as an event producer. She has been involved in numerous event collaborations across the event industry including conferences, concerts, and national tours.

She worked as a promotion coordinator for several years at the University of Auckland holding a variety of roles including producing small performance events. This includes within the Indian community as well as large public events for the Knowledge Wave Conference, concert collaboration with Auckland Council, community workshops with WOMAD and cultural festivals, international events for the New Zealand Asia Institute and exhibitions and performances with the Auckland Museum. https://aut.academia.edu/AlisonBooth

Academic roles
  • Programme Leader - Bachelor of Arts, Diploma and Certificate in Event Management
  • BA (Event Management) Paper Co-ordinator and Primary Lecturer
  • Academic Supervisor MA and PhD (Tourism and Events)
  • Paper Coordinator and Academic Mentor/Supervior Work Integrated Leaning BA Event Management
  • Faculty of Culture & Society Scholarship Committee School of Hospitality and Tourism Representative

Academic Service:

  • 2017-present Te Uru Gallery Governance Board
  • 2016-present Associate Director of the New Zealand Indian Research Institute
  • 2016- present Programme Leader – BA, Diploma and Certificate in Event Management,
    Paper Co-ordinator and Primary Lecturer, Supervisor MA and PhD, ,
  • 2016- present School of Hospitality and Tourism Representative on Faculty of Culture and Society Scholarship Committee
  • 2015-2018 School of Hospitality and Tourism Industry Liaison (Events)
  • 2012-2016 School of Hospitality and Tourism Representative Exam Board and Board of Studies


  • 2017 Highly Commended Emerging Researcher Award by AUT’s Faculty of Culture and Society
  • 2017 Highly Commended Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
  • 2014 IndianMusicological Society (Mumbai) Dr. Premlata Sharma Award for Promising Musicologist,
  • 2014 AUSM Awesome Teacher Award

Current Research Projects:

  • 2016 (ongoing) Family Festival Engagement and Quality of Life Project with the University of Hertfordshire, UK and Rotorua Lakes Council
  • 2016 (ongoing) Postgraduate Supervision


Journal articles

  • Alison Booth (2016 in press) Negotiating Diasporic Culture: Festival Collaborations and Production Networks. International Journal of Event and Festival Management 7 (2). 100-116.
  • Alison Booth (2016) Production Networks: Indian Cultural Production in Aotearoa, New Zealand. European Journal of Tourism Research 12 (April)
  • Alison Booth.(2015) Producing Bollywood: Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Production Networks, The World of music (new series) 4 (1) 73–87
  • Alison Booth. (2015) Whose Diwali is it? Diaspora, identity and festivalisation. Special issue of Tourism, Culture, and Communication on Diasporas and Identity — Tourism / Being / Becoming. 15(3):215-226

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Booth, A. (2018) Negotiating Indianness: Auckland’s shifting cultural festivities (Chapter 10). In S. Bandyopadhyay & J. Buckingham (Eds). Indians in the Antipodes: Networks of Empire, Boundaries of Race. Oxford University Press: New Delhi
  • Liu, C. and Booth, A. (2017). Event planning certification. The SAGE International Encyclopaedia of Travel and Tourism, USA
  • Booth, A. (2016). Ethnography in the diaspora: Indian cultural production and transnational networks. In T. Pernecky (Ed.), Approaches and Methods in Event Studies (pp. 147-162). Abingdon OXON: Routledge.
  • Booth, A. (2013). Sustainability and community networks: The case of the Indian diaspora In T. Pernecky & M. Lück (Eds.), Events, Society and Sustainability: Critical and Contemporary Approaches. Abingdon, Oxon , UK: Routledge.
  • Booth, A. (2010). Developing the event concept. In Peter Robinson, D. Wale, & G. Dickson (Eds.), Events Management Wallingford OXON UK: CABI.

Refereed conference articles and proceedings

  • Alison Booth & June Kim, J (2015). Rethinking Blackboard: Teaching models for interactive learning In Poulston, J. & Kim, P.B. (Eds.). Hospitality and Tourism in a Greening World: Proceedings of the 13th Asia Pacific CHRIE Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 10-13 June 2015, Auckland University of Technology).
  • Alison Booth. (2010) Celebrating Diwali: Indian culture Kiwi style (working paper).  New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference Proceedings published by School of Hospitality and Tourism and New Zealand Tourism Research Institute.
  • Alison Booth. (2010) Multiple Voices: music production from home to stage. Chapter 6 in edited volume Many Voices. Henry Johnson, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK.

Selected Refereed conference presentations  (Since 2012)

  • Booth, A.  (2017). The Fate of Bollywood Star Shows, South Asian Popular Culture Conference. University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Booth, A. (2017). Auckland Diwali performers: The politics of identity. NZTRI/AUT Research Symposium Global Indianness: The New Zealand story. AUT (Conference convenor)
  • Booth A. (2015). Diwali in the diaspora: A festival of many colours. Society of Ethnomusicology 60th Annual Meeting, University of Texas, Austin, USA.
  • Booth, A and Kim, J (2015). Rethinking Blackboard: Teaching models for interactive learning APacCHRIE Annual Conference hosted by the AUT.
  • Booth A. (2015). The Impact of Immigration Policy on Indian Arts in New Zealand. Indian Migration to the Pacific and Indian Ocean States. University of Canterbury. Organised by NZIRI and the New Zealand South Asia Centre.
  • Booth, A (2014), New Voices in Auckland's Indian Performance Scene, Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Booth, A. (2014). Changing cultural economy in the production of Indian performance. In Unthinking Asian Migrations: Spaces of flows and intersections, University of Otago, Dunedin. Recipient Faculty of Culture and Society Local Conference Funding Award
  • Booth, A. (2014). Whose Diwali is it? The case of the Indian community and Auckland City Council. Graduate Panel at the India Musicological Society annual Seminar series,
  • Nariman Point, Mumbai India, 17-19 January 2014. (Recipient of the Indian Musicological Society Dr. Premlata Sharma Award for Promising Musicologist 2013 by the Indian Musicological Society at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India)
  • Booth A. (2013). Global India and Cultural Space in Auckland's Performance Scene. 20th NZASIA Biennial International Conference, Auckland, NZ, 22-24 Nov
  • Booth A. (2013) Politics and Performance at Diwali: The case of the India Community and Auckland Council. Making Waves: International Conference on Events (ICE2013) and the 10th AEME Education Forum. University of Bournemouth, UK.
  • Booth, A. (2012). The Sound of Ankle Bells: The Flow of classical content in a Tamil diasporic dance performance. Refereed conference paper presented to the annual conference of the International Association for Popular Music (Australia- NZ Branch) at the University of Tasmania, Australia.


  • Vice-Chancellor's Academic Staff Doctorate Completion Award (Semester One 2013)
  • Dr. Premlata Sharma Promising Musicologist Award 2013 bestowed by the Indian Musicological Society in Mumbai India (2014).
  • Auckland University Student Movement Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Society and Culture for teaching in 2014.