Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Allanah Johnston

Lecturer in Human Resource Management


Prior to joining Newcastle University Business School as a Lecturer in HRM Allanah was a Research Fellow at Cardiff University Business School (investigating Strategic Ambidexterity), and a Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden.
Her main research interests to date have been generally in the field of Organisation and Management Studies, and focuses on critically analysing areas such as organisational change, power and politics in organisations, the management of professional services, gender, identity, humour in organisations and organisational branding.

Allanah has also worked in industry on various consulting projects.    


PhD in Management and Organisation- The University of Queensland, Australia

Master of Commerce in Management and Employment Relations (1st Class Honours)- The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Bachelor of Arts- The University of Auckland, New Zealand



Allanah's main research interests to date has been in the area of Organisation and Management Studies. Her research focuses on critically analysing areas in HRM (service work, emotions, humour, gender and identity), Branding (internal branding processes, and the branding of higher education), and Strategy (the politics of innovation and organisational change, strategic ambidexterity, strategic change in professional services). Her research takes a multi-level perspective to understanding the relationships between individuals, organisations and institutions.


Module leader: NBS8328 (International Management Practitioner)

Module leader: NBS8265 (Managing Change in Organisations)

Allanah has taught for over 15 years at undergraduate and postgraduate levels,  in a variety of areas including Management and Employment Relations, Organisational Behaviour, International Strategy, Organisational Culture and Ethnographic Research.