Alison Doherty, PhD

Alison Doherty


Room 3R02C, AHB
519 661-2111 x88362


  • MPE, PhD (Ottawa)
  • BA (Western University)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Management and Leadership

Research Interests

  • Management of non-profit and voluntary sport, particularly at the community level
  • Volunteerism in sport organizations and sport events
  • Group and non-profit sport board dynamics
  • Organizational capacity

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Doherty, A., & Patil, S. (2019). Reflections on major sport event volunteer legacy research. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 11(S1), s34-s42.
  • Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2018). “You can’t just start and expect it to work”: An investigation of strategic capacity building in community sport organizations. Journal of Sport Management, 32(4), 348-361.
  • Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2016). Capacity building in nonprofit sport organizations: Development of a process model. Sport Management Review, 19, 365-377.
  • Doherty, A., Misener, K., & Cuskelly, G. (2014). Toward a multidimensional framework of organizational capacity in community sport. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(2S), 124S-142S.

Research Affiliations

  • Sport Management at Western
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Academy of Management
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Teaching Areas

  • Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management in Sport, Recreation, and Leisure
  • Organizational Theory
  • Field Experience/Internship in Sport and Recreation Management


  • Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award, North American Society for Sport Management
  • Dr. Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award, North American Society for Sport Management
  • Research Fellow, North American Society for Sport Management

Professional Activities

  • Editor (2013-2016), Sport Management Review
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review
  • Board Member, Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
  • International Visiting Scholar/Lecturer
    • University of Minnesota
    • Bond University (Australia)
    • La Trobe University (Australia)
    • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
    • German Sport University
    • Russian International Olympic University