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Naz Ali

Senior Lecturer

Events and Leisure Management and Sports Management

Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management , Centre for Innovation Management & Enterprise; Institute of Hospitality and Tourism

Naz is Senior Lecturer in Events and Leisure Management and Course Leader for MSc Sports Management.


  • PhD: Tourism Studies - University of Bedfordshire
  • MA Social Policy – Middlesex University
  • PgCHPE: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education – Staffordshire University
  • BA (Hons) Sociology – Middlesex University

Areas Of Interest

  • Culture, Ethnicity, Race and Religion (in sport and tourism)
  • Mobilities (with a specific focus on diasporas and migration)
  • Qualitative and Interpretative Research
  • Social Inclusion / Exclusion
  • The Experience Economy (with a specific focus on event design)

Curriculum Development:
Course Leadership
Course Academic Review, Approval and (Re)Validation – External and Internal

Doctoral Completions:
Second Supervisor: 3

Research Degrees / Higher Degree Examinerships

PhD External Examiner: 4
PhD Internal Examiner: 2
MPhil External Examiner: 1
MRes Internal Examiner: 1

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Naz is Senior Lecturer in Events and Leisure Management, Course Leader for MSc Sports Management and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has over fifteen years' experience of working in higher education teaching and research in the areas of events, hospitality, sport and tourism studies. She has received recognition for her Careers-Led Teaching and Learning (University of East London, 2020) and Innovative Teaching (University of East London, 2019). Naz is part of several initiatives across the University of East London that aim to promote health gain, learning gain and career gain through sport and physical activity.

She has held positions at the University of Bedfordshire, Staffordshire University and University of West London teaching across a portfolio of courses in events, hospitality, sport and tourism management. Naz is a Sociologist, and a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), with interests in culture, ethnicity, race, religion and diasporas in the realm of sociology of events, sport and tourism. Her other research interests focus on qualitative research philosophies, principles and practices. Naz has published in areas of identity, migration, and researcher reflexivity. Naz is REF Impact Case Study Co-ordinator and Business Research Impact Champion in the School of Business and Law.

External roles

  • MSc International Tourism Management; MSc International Events Management Liverpool John Moores University. 01 October 2015 - 30 September 2017
  • MA International Events Management; MA Events Marketing Management London Metropolitan University. 01 October 2011 - 30 November 2016
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management; BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; BA (Hons) Management in Tourism. University of Central Lancashire. 01 October 2010 - 30 September 2015
  • Board Member - East London Global Sport Strategy (University of East London)
  • Board Member - Mental Wealth Project Board: Physical Intelligence Development strand (University of East London)


Naz's area of research expertise include:

  • Sociology of events, sport and tourism.
  • Mobilities - Diasporas and Migration
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Barriers to Participation in the Experience Economy (e.g. events, sport and tourism)
  • Sport and Event Tourism
  • Islamic Tourism
  • Interpretative Research Methodologies
  • Researcher Reflexivity, Voice and Positionality

Naz is interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates wanting to research in the above areas. I welcome those who may wish to collaborate and fund research in the above areas to get in touch.

Most recent research

Ali, N. and Schmitz, B. 2018. Bleisure Travel Report: Worker Productivity and Well-being. London City Airport.



Liminality and Event Design: Liminal Space Design for Sport Events.

Garlick, A. and Ali, N.. 2020. in: Lamond, I. R. and Moss, J. (ed.) Liminality and Critical Event Studies: Borders, Boundaries, and Contestation. Palgrave Macmillan. pp.59-78..


Deciphering 'Arab Hospitality': Identifying Key Characteristics and Concerns.

Stephenson, M. L. and Ali, N.. 2018. in: Timothy, Dallen J. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa. Routledge. pp. 71-82.


Islamic Tourism

Ali, N.. 2018. in: Agarwal, S., Busby, G. and Huang, R. (ed.) Special Interest Tourism: Concepts, Contexts and Cases. CABI. pp. 52-61.


(Im)Mobilities of Older Pakistani Female Migrants and Material Culture: a Multigenerational Perspective on Gift-Giving. Population, Space and Place. 23 (5), p. e2067. 

Ali, N. and Suleman, R.. 2017.


Special Issue - Introduction - Diasporas and Identity: Tourism, Being, and Becoming. 

Ali, N. and Ivanova, M.. 2016. Tourism Culture & Communication. 15 (3), pp. 169-171. .

Nostalgia at the Boundary: A Study at Lord's Cricket Ground
Cardwell, D. and Ali, N. 2014. Nostalgia at the Boundary: A Study at Lord's Cricket Ground. in: Baum, Tom and Butler, Richard (ed.) Tourism and Cricket: Travels to the Boundary Channel View Publications. pp. 52-72 .


Special Journal Issues

  • (2016) Diasporas and Identity - Tourism, Being and Becoming, Tourism Culture and Communication, 15 (3) (co-edited with Milka Ivanova).
  • (2009) Tourism and Worldmaking, Tourism Geographies, 11 (4) (co-edited with Irena Ateljevic and Keith Hollinshead).

Refereed and/or non-published conference contributions

  • Stephenson, M. L. and Ali, N. 2018. 'A Critical Appraisal of Transplant Tourism Industry in the Global South'. Paper presented to: Travel and Tourism Research Association 2018 Asia Pacific Annual Chapter Conference. School of Business and Management, RMIT University of Vietnam. 1-3 December 2018.
  • Ali, N. .2018. 'De-orientalist Representations of Muslim Sportswomen and Femininity in Sports Media: An Orientalist Challenge.' Paper presented to: New Research Agendas for the Study of Sports Media (Re)presentation(s) of Sportswomen and Femininity. Northumbria University: England, 12 October 2018. Schmitz, B and Ali, N. 2018.
  • 'The Importance of 'Bleisure' Travel upon Worker Productivity and Well-being; UEL Research and Knowledge Exchange Conference; University of East London: Stratford; 29 June 2018.
  • Ali, N. 2015. 'Halal Tourism: Current Developments, Opportunities and Challenges of this Niche Market'; TMI Annual Convention; Grange City Hotel, London; November 23 - 24 (Invited Speaker).
  • Stephenson, M. L. and Ali, N. 2015. 'Contextualising Transplant Tourism and the Commodification of the Body' paper presented at the Third International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences; Middlesex University Dubai; Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE; 24 - 26 November 2015.
  • Stephenson, M. L. and Ali, N. 2015. Comprehending Transplant Tourism: Identifying the Concepts, Challenges and Complexities; STHM Research Series; University of the South Pacific, Fiji; Working Paper (1) 4: 1-19.

Journal Article Reviewer

Naz has reviewed papers for Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism and Cultural Change, Tourism Management, Mobilities, Tourism Planning and Development.



  • Sport and Event Tourism


  • Mental Wealth: The Sport Business Professional
  • Sport Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Sport Event and Venue Management
  •  Supervision of Professional Practice Internship / Work-based Development Placements
  •  Supervision of Sport Management Consultancy Projects

PhD Supervision - Director of Studies, eSports, Social Inclusion and Well-being.