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Martin Robertson

Associate Professor in Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Martin Robertson's passion for teaching and learning application and excellence has been applied successfully in his HE teaching and leadership roles in both the UK and in Australia. His involvement in academic quality assurance has also seen him sit in an executive capacity on a number of related university councils (UK & Australia). He has also been an active contributor to national (Scotland) and state (Victoria, Australia) government academic quality actions. In addition, Martin has both lead and contributed to public consultations (UK and Australia).

Martin has maintained his contact with the industry environment through supportive involvement in related agencies and non-executive directorship or committee roles. He has also been involved in research related to tourism, events and social and/ or market development, sustainable place development, event resilience, and event leadership. This applied activity drives his continued desire for providing a learning, teaching and research experience that is professionally and socially useful.

Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, Victoria University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chairperson of the Event Studies SIG for the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). Martin is also UK Regional Editor for Event Management - an international peer-reviewed journal - and has editorial roles in three other peer-review journals. He has co-edited 7 academic journal special issues and has also co-edited 6 published books. He has over sixty related articles or chapter publications.

Martin's has led or co-lead 10 consultations (evaluation) projects for providers of large events (arts, agriculture and sport). He has also designed and led a certificated event management training course for industry (Melbourne).


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2019–2021
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Victoria University, Melbourne
  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University
  • 2008–2015
    Director & Programme Leader, Victoria University, Melbourne
  • 2001–2008
    Lecturer & Programme Leader, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 1999–2001
    Lecturer, University of the Highlands & Islands
  • 1995–1999
    Lecturer, London South Bank University


  • 2017 
    Edinburgh Napier University, PhD
  • 1993 
    Heriot-Watt University, MA.
  • 1989 
    Manchester University, BA (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Leisure Studies Association
  • Association of Event Management Educators
  • The Tourism Society
  • Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education