Dr. Allanah Johnston

Dr Allanah Johnston joined academyEX in January 2023 to lead the Master of Change and Organisational Resilience programme.

Allanah brings extensive experience from her global career through her role as a change practitioner and an academic. Prior to her role at academyEX, Allanah has held academic teaching and research positions at the University of Queensland, Lund University in Sweden, Cardiff University in Wales and most recently at Newcastle University Business School in the UK.

Across these roles, Allanah has focused on a broad range of topics including gender, emotional labour, feminist frameworks, identity, workplace culture, organisational branding, and organisational ambidexterity and incremental versus radical innovation in the workplace.

Allanah has a PhD in Business Administration and Management from the University of Queensland. Her study explored humour in the work environment and its effect on workplace culture.

She sees the need for more organisations to respond proactively to change through adaptive and highly responsive forms of leadership that encourages more integrated and equitable systems, structures and processes. - a perfect fit for our Master of Change and Organisational Resilience. Allanah also sees our need to better understand and embrace Māori culture and the core foundation of the Treaty of Waitangi, as part of a more bi-cultural commitment to leadership that embraces the knowledge of the past to inform the practices of the future.

To add to her string of talent and experience, Allanah also has a love of languages, learning Portuguese when she lived in Brazil for a year after completing high school!