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Aims & Scope
Event Management is the leading peer-reviewed international journal for the study and analysis of events and festivals, meeting the research and educational needs of this rapidly growing industry for more than 20 years.
- Publish high-quality interdisciplinary event studies work and therefore promote a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives from management and organizational studies to sociology and social science.
- Encourage the study of all kinds of physical, digital, and hybrid events from small- to large-scale cultural and sporting events, festivals, meetings, conventions, exhibitions, to expositions, across a range of geographical and cultural contexts.
- Actively support authors to take a critical perspective concerning the power and potential of events as a force for social, economic, and environmental good, while challenging where events can do better and make a positive contribution to society.
- Promote bold, interesting, relevant research problems and questions. Examples include why events play a key role for individual and collective transformational experiences; how social movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #Metoo can be advanced by attaching to events like the Academy Awards; through to the way large-scale events are leveraged for urban regeneration and community development.
- Believe research insights are integral to high-quality learning and teaching and we encourage all authors to transform manuscript into a set of Event Management branded PowerPoint slides for colleagues to integrate into research informed and hybrid teaching approaches. Where provided by authors, slides will feature alongside each published manuscript for ease. All subscribing organizations and authors will have access to this library of learning and teaching content.
We offer authors four routes to publication, with simple submission guideline (see “Submission guidelines” tab).
- Research article – a traditional submission route of up to 10,000 words focused on contributing to theory.
- Research note – a short note of up to 2,000 words focused on providing novel and/or innovative insights to contribute to our body of theory and/or empirical knowledge. These can also include debates and/or commentaries.
- Event case study – a new route of up to 10,000 words providing in-depth empirical insights and application of existing theoretical ideas to a specific event or series of events.
- Event education – a new route of up to 10,000 words providing in-depth insights into events-related education policy and/or practice for colleagues to support high-quality international learning and teaching experiences.
Event Management is governed by a high-quality editorial board consisting of international leading experts across a range of disciplines and fields, including events, tourism, sport, hospitality, to business studies (see “Editorial board” tab).
Our double-blind peer review process is rigorous and supportive.
STEP 1: All manuscripts submitted to Event Management will go through a rigorous screening process by either the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editors to be desk rejected or progressed to one of 40+ Associate Editors who handle the review process.
STEP 2: An Associate Editor reviews the manuscript and decides whether to progress or rejected. If progressed, 2-3 members of the Editorial Advisory Board or those with appropriate expertise are invited to review with an average 2-3 rounds of peer review. Authors have 8 weeks to revise and resubmit for each round of peer review.
STEP 3: Toward the end of peer review the Associate Editor recommends a final decision to the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor who makes the final decision and provides final constructive feedback where appropriate.
STEP 4: Manuscripts accepted are swiftly uploaded to our “Fast Track” system with a DOI while our editorial assistants work with authors to deal with author queries before final manuscripts are made available. FINAL PUBLISHED ARTICLES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AS FREE ACCESS (at no charge) ON INGENTA CONNECT FOR A PERIOD OF 15 DAYS and will be actively promoted by our Social Media Editor who works with authors to create a short tweet and author video alongside free links to promote colleagues’ work, across our Twitter and LinkedIn sites. (After the 15 days manuscripts will only be available to subscribers, unless the author has paid for the Open Access option.)
Head of Department and Reader in Events
Director, Observatory of Human Rights and Major Events (HaRM)
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, UK
Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Griffith University, Australia
David McGillivray, University West of Scotland, UK
Milena Parent, University of Ottawa, Canada
Emma Wood, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Editorial Managing Editor
Aaron Tkaczynski, The University of Queensland, Australia
Social Media Editor
Seth Kirby, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Laurence Chalip, George Mason University, USA
Alan Fyall, University of Central Florida, USA
Leo Jago, University of Surrey, UK
Adele Ladkin, Bournemouth University, UK
Stephen Page, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Holger Preuss, University of Mainz, Germany
Richard Shipway, Bournemouth University, UK
Donald Getz, University of Calgary, Canada
Bruce Wicks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Tom Fletcher, Leeds Beckett University, UK (Chair of the Associate Editors Board)
Kayode Aleshinloye, University of Central Florida, USA
Jane Ali-Knight, Edinburgh Napier, UK
Charles Arcodia, Griffith University, Australia
Sandro Carnicelli, University of The West of Scotland, UK
Chris Chen, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Willem Coetzee, University of Otago, New Zealand
Alba Colombo, Universitat Oberta De Catalunya, Spain
Simon Darcy, University Technology Sydney, Australia
Kate Dashper, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Tracey Dickson, University of Canberra, Australia
Sally Everett, Kings College London, UK
Sheranne Fairley, The University of Queensland, Australia
Kevin Filo, Griffith University, Australia
Rebecca Finkel, Queen Margaret University, UK
Chris Gaffney, New York University, USA
Sandra Goh, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University, Australia
Xin Jin, Griffith University, Australia
Kiki Kaplanindou, University of Florida, USA
Donna Kelly, The University of Technology, Jamaica
James Kennel, University of Greenwich, UK
Zengxian (Jason) Liang, Sun Yat-sun University, China
Eleni Michopoulou, University of Derby, UK
Laure Misener, Western University, Canada
Bri Newland, New York University, USA
Martin Robertson, Edinburgh Napier, UK
Debra Sadd, Bournemouth University, UK
Nikolaos Pappas, University of Sunderland, UK
Luke Potwarka, University of Waterloo, Canada
Greg Richards, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Martin Schnitzer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Nancy Stevenson, University of Westminster, UK
Louise Todd, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta, University of Tasmania, Australia
Karin Weber, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong
Nicholas Wise, Arizona State University, USA
Jinsheng (Jason) Zhu, Guilin Tourism University & Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Vassillios Ziakas, University of Surrey, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Rutendo Musikavanhu, Coventry University, UK (Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board)
John Armbrecht, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Jarrett Bachman, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Canada
Kenneth Backman*, Clemson University, USA
Sheila Backman, Clemson University, USA
Jina Hyejin Bang, Florida International University, USA
Graham Berridge, University of Surrey, UK
Rui Biscaia, University of Bath, UK
Charles Bladen, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Kerri Bodin, University of Ottawa, Canada
Soyoung Boo, Georgia State University, USA
Glenn Bowdin, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Ian Brittain, Coventry University, UK
Alyssa Brown, University of Sunderland, UK
Federica Burini, University of Bergamo, Italy
Krzysztof Celuch, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Jean-Loup Chappelet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Gyoyang Chen, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Andres Coca Stefaniak, University of Greenwich, UK
Ubaldino Couto, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, China
Juliet Davis, Cardiff University, UK
Emma Delaney, University of Surrey, UK
Simon Down, University of Birmingham UK and Högskolan Kristianstad, Sweden
Colin Drake, Victoria University, Australia
Jason Draper, University of Houston, USA
Martin Falk, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway
Nicole Ferdinand, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Carmel Foley, University Technology Sydney, Australia
Susanne Gellweiler, Dresden School of Management, Germany
David Gogishvili, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
John Gold, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Barbara Grabher, University of Graz, Austria
Jeannie Hahm, University of Central Florida, UK
Kirsten Hallman, German Sport University Cologne, Germany
Elizabeth Halpenny, University of Alberta, Canada
Marcus Hansen, Liverpool Johyn Moores University, UK
Luke Harris, University of Birmingham, UK
Najmeh Hassanli, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Burcin Hatipoglu, University of New South Wales, Australia
Christopher Hautbois, University of Paris, France
Claire Haven-Tang, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Ted Hayduck, New York University, USA
Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia, Australia
Yoshifusa Ichii, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Jinyoung Im, Oklahoma State University, USA
Dewi Jaimangal-Jones, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
David Jarman, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Allan Jepson, Herts University, UK
Eva Kassens-Noor, Michigan State University, USA
Jamie Kenyon, Loughborough University, UK
Brendon Knott, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Nicole Koenig-Lewis, Cardiff University, UK
Joerg Koenigstorder, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Maximiliano Korstanje, University of Palermo, Argetina
Niki Koutrou, Bournemouth University, UK
Jeetesh Kumar, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland
Chantal Laws, University of Westminster, UK
Weng Si (Clara) Lei, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, China
Clifford Lewis, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Jason Li, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Erik Lundberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Emily Mace, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Judith Mair, University of Queensland, Australia
Matt McDowell, University of Edinburgh, UK
Majd Megheirkouni, Abertay University, UK
James Musgrave, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Barbara Neuhofer, University of Salzburg University, Austria
Margarida Abreu Novais, Griffith University, Australia
Danny O’Brien, Bond University, Australia
Eric D. Olson, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA
Faith Ong, University of Queensland, Australia
Ilaria Pappalepore, University of Westminster, UK
Emilio Fernandez Pena, Universitat Autonoma De Barclelona, Spain
Marko Peric, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Hongxia Qi, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Meg Qu (Mo), Hiroshima University, Japan
Bernadette Quinn, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Gregory Ramshaw, Clemson University, USA
Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia
Tiago Ribeiro, University of Libson, Portugal
Alector Ribiero, University of Surrey, UK
Darine Sabadova, University of Surrey, UK
Katie Schlenker, Univesity of Technology Sydney, Australia
Hugues Seraphin, Winchester Universtiy, UK
Jonathan Skinner, University of Surrey, UK
Ryan Snelgrove, University of Waterloo, Canada
Sarah Snell, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Sonny Son, University of South Australia, Australia
Ching-Hui (Joan) Su, Iowa State University, USA
Kamilla Swart-Arries, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Adam Talbot, Coventry University, UK
Jessica Templeton, University of Greenwich, UK
Aaron Tham, University of The Sunshine Coast, Australia
Eleni Theodoraki, University of Dublin, UK
Jill Timms, University of Surrey, UK
Danai Varveri, Metropolitan College, Greece
Trudie Walters, Independent, New Zealand
Xueli (Shirley) Wang, Tsinghua University, China
Stephen Wassong, German Sport University, Germany
Craig Webster, Ball State University, USA
Jon Welchy Peachy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Kim Werner, Hochschule Osnabruck, Germany
Mark Wickham, University of Tasmania, Australia
Kyle Woosnam, University of Georgia, USA
Jialin (Snow) Wu, Huddersfield University, UK
Sakura Yamamura, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
Pamela Zigomo, University of Greenwich, UK
*(Remaining Editor-in-Chief for submissions pre-November 2021)
PhD/ECR Editorial Board
Erik L. Lachance, University of Ottawa, Canada (Chair of the PhD/ECR Editorial Board)
Oluwaseyi Aina, The University of The West of Scotland, Scotland
Sarah Ariai, Universtiy of Waterloo, Canada
Elizabeth Ashcroft, University of Surrey, UK
Jordan T. Bakhsh, Universtiy of Ottawa, Canada
Sara Belotti, University of Bergamo, Italy
Nicola Cade, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Libby Carter, Birmingham City University, UK
David Cook, Coventry University, UK
Karen Davies, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Skyler Fleshman, University of Florida, USA
Mu He, University of Alberta, Canada
Meg Hibbins, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Jie Min Ho, Curtin University, Malaysia
Montire Intason, Naresuan University, Thailand
Denise Kamyuka, Western University, Canada
Wanwisa Khampanya, University of Surrey, UK
Jason King, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Truc Le, Griffith University, Australia
Yanning Li, University of Surrey, UK
Kelly McManus, University of Waterloo, Canada
Heelye Park, Iowa State University, USA
Jihye Park, University of Central Florida, USA
Erin Pearson, Western University, Canada
Benedetta Piccio, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Juliana Rodrigues Vieira Tkatch, University of Central Florida, USA
Giulia Rossetti, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Briony Sharp, University of The West of Scotland, UK
Smita Singh, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA
Supina Supina, Bunda Mulia University, Indonesia
Darina Svobodova, University of Surrey, UK
Georgia Teare, University of Ottawa, Canada
Yann Tournesac, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Katy Tse, University of Surrey, UK
Lewis Walsh, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Beau Wanwisa, University of Surrey, UK
Ryutaro Yamakita, University of Ottawa, Canada
Emmy Yeung, University of Chester, UK
Ryuta Yoda, Coventry University, UK
Nicole Yu, The University of Queensland, Australia
Azadeh Zarei, The University of Queensland, Australia
Our aim is to make initial submission to Event Management as simple as possible, for all submission routes. Authors can use the following information as a checklist before submitting.
HOW TO SUBMIT: All manuscripts to be submitted via this link:
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Authors are asked to submit three documents:
- Impact Statement
- Title page
Cover letters are optional but we do encourage authors to also provide this to help detail the theoretical, empirical, and/or practical contribution of the manuscript.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR “IMPACT STATEMENT”: up to 500 words detailing the potential or actual impact of this article on society.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR “TITLE PAGE”: Please ensure all of the following headings are present and addressed:
- Title (20 words max)
- Author(s) name
- Affiliation (Department, Institution, City, (State), Country)
- Corresponding author and email address
- Corresponding author ORCID
- Declaration of interest
- Part of a Special Issue? If so, state the name of the Special Issue.
WHAT TO INCLUDE AND HOW TO FORMAT MANUSCRIPTS: We provide authors with the flexibility to format and organize manuscripts in they way they prefer for initial submission. Authors will then work with our editorial assistants after acceptance to conform with journal standardized format before publication. We do however have a simple checklist of things below we do require at initial submission stage:
Sections to include:
- Title (up to 20 words, in CAPITAL LETTERS and BOLD)
- Highlights (3-5 highlights, max 80 characters including spaces for each bullet point)
- Abstract (150 words max)
- Keywords (up to 8, placed immediately after the Abstract)
- A “Literature Review” and “Methodology” section must feature, unless not appropriate.
- Arial font, size 12.
- All manuscripts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar.
- In-text citations and ‘References’ (these can be formatted to your choosing but must be consistent).
- Double spaced, with line numbering and page numbers.
- ‘Tables’ and high quality ‘Images’ and ‘Figures’ embedded in the manuscript, not as separate files.
- Word counts indicated below are the maximum for all sections including tables, figure legends and appendices.
- Clearly identifiable headings with no more than three levels (see example below).
- Research article (up to 10,000 words)—traditional full-length research articles contribute to theory.
- Research note (up to 2,000 words)—short pieces that are theoretically or methodologically relevant, novel and innovative that can be developed further and advanced by other scholars. Commentaries and debates can be submitted under this submission type too.
- Event case study (up to 10,000 words)—full-length empirically based research articles that rigorously apply theory but do not necessarily seek to develop theory. Authors must however stress the implications of empirical work beyond the event case study context.
- Event education (up to 10,000 words)—full-length pieces focusing on events-related learning and teaching innovation and impact on student education, experience, and performance.
GENERAL AND SPECIFIC QUESTIONS EDITORS AND REVIEWERS WILL CONSIDER WHEN EVALUATING MANUSCRIPTS
- Is there a clear research issue or problem statement presented at the beginning that establishes the “so what” factor?
- Is the theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution of the manuscript clearly stated? And is the significance of this contribution clearly stated?
- Is the manuscript interesting, bold, and/or innovative?
- Is the theoretical framework robust, providing a good conceptual grounding in relevant literature?
- Is the methodology designed and executed in a reliable and valid way?
- Is the manuscript written in a clear and concise way (without “academese”) and accessible to academic and nonacademic audiences?
- Is the argument written in an easy to follow and logical way?
- Are there clear conceptual and practical conclusions drawn on in the latter parts of the manuscript?
- Which of the following submission routes do you think the manuscript is best suited for:
– Research article (strong theoretical or methodological contribution)
– Research Note (shortened version with a strong theoretical or methodological contribution)
– Event Case Study (limited theoretical or methodological contribution, but interesting empirical insights)
– Events Education
Specific events-related questions:
- Does the manuscript present an analysis of contemporary events-related issues?
- Does the manuscript present a balanced perspective on the power and potential of events for good or for bad?
- Do you think this manuscript helps advance events research: how and why?
- Are there clear and well-justified recommendations to help advance the policy and practice of events in the future?
- Does the manuscript present a future academic research agenda that seeks to push the boundaries of events research?
- Is it clear how either descriptive or conceptual features of the event in question impacts on the empirical phenomenon in question? (In other words, does the author position the event simply as the “background” or “context” or are distinct features of the event recognized?)
NB: We ask this last question because in Event Management journal we want continue building a more conceptual understanding as to why events and festivals are particularly interesting organizational constructs to advance theory and knowledge, over let’s say other types of organizations like businesses or government institutions.
ONLINE FAST-TRACK PUBLICATION
Accepted manuscripts will be loaded to Fast Track with DOI links online. Fast Track is an early e-pub system whereby subscribers to the journal can start reading and citing the articles prior to their inclusion in a journal issue. Please note that articles published in Fast Track are not the final print publication with proofs. Once the accepted manuscript is ready to publish in an issue of the journal, the corresponding author will receive a proof from our Production Department for approval. Once approved and published, the Fast Track version of the manuscript is deleted and replaced with the final published article. Online Fast Track publication ensures that the accepted manuscripts can be read and cited as quickly as possible.
- Use of Copyright Material: Authors must attest their manuscript contains original work and provide proof of permission to reproduce any content(artwork, photographs, tables, etc.) in connection with their manuscript, also ensuring their work does not infringe on any copyright and that they have obtained permission for its use. It is important to note that any and all materials obtain via the Internet/social media (including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) fall under all copyright rules and regulations and permission for use must be obtained prior to publication.
- Copyright: Publications are copyrighted for the protection of authors and the publisher. A Transfer of Copyright Agreement will be sent to the author whose manuscript is accepted. The form must be completed and returned with the final manuscript files(s).
Articles appearing in Event Management are available to be open access and also contain color figures (neither is a condition for publication). Authors will be provided with an Author Option Form, which indicates the following options. The form must be completed and returned with the final manuscript file(s) even if the answer is “No” to the options. This form serves as confirmation of your choice for the options.
- A voluntary submission fee of $125.00 includes one free page of color and a 50% discount on additional color pages (color is discounted to $100.00 per color page).
- Open access is available for a fee of $200.00 for up to 15 pages and $50.00 for each additional page. Color would be discounted to $100.00 per color page.
- Color figures: Your article may contain figures that should be printed in color. There is a charge for figures appearing in color. Cost for color figure in an article $200.00 (if not paying Voluntary Submission Fee or Open Access Fee).
If you choose to have your article be open access, a payment form will be sent with the amount due based on the number of pages at proof stage. The form will need to be completed and returned with payment information and any corrections to the proof prior to publication.
The use of color in articles is an important feature. If you choose to have figures in color a payment form will be provided with your proof, which will need to be completed and returned with any corrections to the proof prior to publication.
Page proofs will be sent electronically to the designated corresponding author prior to publication. Minor changes only are allowed at this stage. The designated corresponding author will receive a free pdf file of the final press article, which will be sent by email.
Although every effort is made by the publisher and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement appears in this Journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publisher, the editorial board, editors, and their respective employees, officers, and agents accept no responsibility or liabilitywhatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.
Event Management (EM) Peer Review Policy
Peer review is the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field to ensure only good scientific research is published.
In order to maintain these standards, Event Management (EM) utilizes a double-blind review process whereby the identity of the reviewers is not known to authors and the authors are not shown on the article being reviewed.
The peer review process for EM is laid out below:
STEP 1: An article is reviewed for quality, suitability and alignment to the submission formatting guidelines by the Editor-In-Chief and Deputy Editors, and authors will receive either a desk reject, or the article will be progressed to one of our Associate Editors.
STEP 2: If progressed, an Associate Editor will also review for quality and suitability. At this point they may suggest a rejection, or progress and invite reviewers to review the manuscript. We ask reviewers to submit their review within approx. 4-6 weeks (sometimes this can be quicker or slower) and decided is the paper should be an: ‘accept’, ‘minor revision’, ‘major revision’ or ‘reject’.
STEP 3: Authors will then have approx. 4-6 weeks to complete revisions and then resubmit to the journal. The peer review process will then continue until a decision is made by the Associate Editor.
STEP 4: At this point, the article will go to the Editor-In-Chief and Deputy Editors to make a final decision and suggest any final changes required before final acceptance.
STEP 5: After final acceptance, authors will then work with our editorial team to ensure that the article is correctly formatted and suitable for publication. Manuscripts will then be allocated a DOI and uploaded to our fast-track system to have a digital presence online. When the final article is uploaded, we then provide 15 DAYS FREE ACCESS to the article, which can be shared out to networks.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A REVIEWER FOR EVENT MANAGEMENT JOURNAL?
As a reviewer for Event Management you would have the benefit of reading and evaluating current research in your area of expertise at its early state, thereby contributing to the integrity of scientific exploration.
If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for EM please contact the EIC: Mike Duignan at email@example.com
If you review three papers for one of the Cognizant journals (Tourism Review International, Tourism Analysis, Event Management, Tourism Culture and Communication, Tourism in Marine Environments, and Gastronomy and Tourism) within a one-year period, you will qualify for a free OPEN ACCESS article in one of the above journals.
The publishers and editorial board of Event Management have adopted the publication ethics and malpractice statements of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/core-practices. These guidelines highlight what is expected of authors and what they can expect from the reviewers and editorial board in return. They also provide details of how problems will be handled. Briefly:
Event Management is governed by an international editorial board consisting of experts in event management, tourism, business, sport, and related fields. Information regarding the editorial board members is listed on the inside front cover of the printed copy of the journal in addition to the homepage for the journal at: https://www.cognizantcommunication.com/journal-titles/event-management under the “Editorial Board” tab.
This editorial board conducts most of the manuscript reviews and plays a large role in setting the standards for research and publication in the field. The Editor-in-Chief receives and processes all manuscripts and from time to time will modify the editorial board to ensure a continuous improvement in quality.
The reviewers uphold a peer review process without favoritism or prejudice to gender, sexual orientation, religious/political beliefs, nationality, or geographical origin. Each submission is given equal consideration for acceptance based only on the manuscript’s importance, originality, academic integrity, and clarity and whether it is suitable for the journal in accordance with the Aims and Scope of the journal. They must not have a conflict of interest with the author(s) or work described. The anonymity of the reviewers must be maintained.
All manuscripts are sent out for blind review and the editor/editorial board will maintain the confidentiality of author(s) and their submitted research and supporting documentation, figures, and tables and all aspects pertaining to each submission.
Reviewers are expected to not possess any conflicts of interest with the authors. They should review the manuscript objectively and provide recommendations for improvements where necessary. Any unpublished information read by a reviewer should be treated as confidential.
Manuscripts must contain original material and must not have been published previously. Material accepted for publication may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the publisher. All rights and permissions must be obtained by the contributor(s) and should be sent upon acceptance of manuscripts for publication.
References, acknowledgments, figure legends, and tables must be properly cited and authors must attest their manuscript contains original work and provide proof of permission to reproduce any content (artwork, photographs, tables, etc.) in connection with their manuscript, also ensuring their work does not infringe on any copyright and that they have obtained permission for its use. It is important to note that any and all materials obtain via the Internet/social media (including but not limited to Face Book, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) falls under all copyright rules and regulations and permission for use must be obtained prior to publication.
Authors listed on a manuscript must have made a significant contribution to the study and/or writing of the manuscript. During revisions, authors cannot be removed without their permission and that of all other authors. All authors must also agree to the addition of new authors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that this occurs.
Financial support and conflicts of interest for all authors must be declared.
The reported research must be novel and authentic and the author(s) should confirm that the same data has not been and is not going to be submitted to another journal (unless already rejected). Plagiarism of the text/data will not be tolerated and could result in retraction of an accepted article.
When humans, animals, or tissue derived from them have been used, then mention of the appropriate ethical approval must be included in the manuscript.
The publishers agree to ensure, to the best of their abilities, that the information they publish is genuine and ethically sound. If publishing ethics issues come to light, not limited to accusations of fraudulent data or plagiarism, during or after the publication process, they will be investigated by the editorial board including contact with the authors’ institutions if necessary, so that a decision on the appropriate corrections, clarifications, or retractions can be made. The publishers agree to publish this as necessary so as to maintain the integrity of the academic record.
Table of Contents:
“Not on my Front Lawn”: A Case Study of Hosting The 2017 Heritage Classic Event on Parliament Hill in Canada – 697
Cory Kulczycki,* Jonathon Edwards,† and Luke Potwarka‡
*Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
†Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
‡The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The purpose of this research was to explore different issues and controversies found in media narratives about hosting the Heritage Classic Ice-Hockey Game on Canada’s Parliament Hill. This article utilized the eight-step qualitative-temporal visual analysis and narrative methodology to look at how Canadian media framed the discussion around the hosting location of the Heritage Classic. A total of 81 news articles from 12 media outlets served as the data for the current study. Media frames were grouped into seven themes: parliamentary rules, interest groups, anniversaries, logistics, competition, event landscape, and nostalgia. These frames point to how Parliament Hill was maintained as an institution through regulations and symbolism. The following manuscript informs research on institutional work through applications of special events, eventscapes, and nostalgia.
Key words: Heritage Classic; Hockey; Mega-events; Institutional work; Legitimacy
Rock in Rio Festival: Influences of Brand Experience and the Brand Personality in Audience of a Music Festival in Brazil – 717
Frederico Rafael Vargas Rocha,* Javier De Esteban Curiel,† and Luiz Rodrigo Cunha Moura‡§
*Business Department, Centro Universitario UNA, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
†Marketing Department, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
‡Business Department, Fundacao Pedro Leopoldo, Pedro Leopoldo, Brazil
§Business Department, Universidade FUMEC, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Considering the existence of other studies in which the brand experience tested from the Brand Experience Model fails to verify the nomological validity in all their relations represents a gap in the knowledge about the brand experience and there exists little empirical evidence in consumption services like Rock in Rio Music Festival. This article measures the brand experience of the Rock in Rio Musical Festival and verifies its relationships with brand personality, moreover consumers’ attitudes and their behavioral intentions in terms of satisfaction and loyalty. A survey questionnaire was applied to the participants of Rock in Rio Music Festival by Facebook ads and 864 online questionnaires were answered. Eight hypotheses were tested empirically by multivariate statistical analysis by the use of structural equation modeling. Findings indicate that the first order of constructs—sensory, affective, behavioral, and intellectual—formed the second-order construct of brand experience and the first-order constructs of sincerity, excitement, competence, and ruggedness formed the second-order construct of the brand personality. The brand experience focuses on the brand personality and both influence the satisfaction and loyalty to the brand. Moreover, this article helps managers to increase the experiential marketing perception of their consumers at a music festival.
Key words: Rock in Rio; Music festival; Brand experience; Brand personality; Satisfaction
Festival Attendees: A Motivation and Performance Analysis of a Young Adult Literature Festival – 733
Stephen W. Litvin* and Emily Powell†
*School of Business, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
†Honors College, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
This research, with data collected pre-COVID-19, provides insight into an interesting and rarely studied event, the young adult (YA) literature festival. Survey research conducted at a YA festival, with attendees generally from middle school through university age, provided useful insight into the motivations for visiting the festival, determination of the person making the decision to attend (surprisingly, the YA and rarely his/her parent), and the satisfaction and dissatisfaction factors that affected the attendee’s attitude toward the festival. In addition, significance performance analysis (SPA) is introduced as an alternative to the widely used importance performance analysis (IPA) model.
Key words: Festival; Event planning; Young adults; Literature; Importance performance analysis (IPA)
Volunteers’ Embodied Experiences at a Sport Festival – 747
Steven Owen* and Donna Chambers†
*University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
†Department of Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism, Business, Law and Tourism, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
In this article we argue that extant research in event studies on volunteering has predominantly been conducted through disembodied managerial lenses using formulaic conceptual frames. This has resulted in the neglect of more phenomenological approaches that explore volunteers’ lived experiences. Using the example of the 2018 Tall Ships festival in the provincial North East English city of Sunderland, we draw on embodiment theory to fill this gap in event management research. Utilizing in-depth, semistructured interviews with 31 local volunteers, our main findings are twofold. First, they highlight the complexities and fluidity of local volunteers’ lived experiences of the festival that reflect a multitude of interrelated elements that are corporeal, emotional, and multisensory. Second, these embodied experiences, combined with knowledge of self and place, create fresh, vivid, and subjective meanings that collapse the past, present, and future of postindustrial places riddled by economic decline. Our focus on the volunteer experience in the medium term after the event has occurred represents a distinctive timeline as it provides insights into how volunteers interpret, remember, and reconfigure their experience beyond initial euphoria and before long-term nostalgia.
Key words: Embodiment; Phenomenology; Volunteers; Sunderland; Tall Ships festival
A Tale of Two Sponsors: Comparing Channels of Sponsorship Effectiveness Using a Local Charity-Linked Event – 763
Wayne W. Smith,* Jessica F. Madriaga,† Robert E. Pitts,† and Weishen Wang†
*Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
†School of Business, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
The current study uses a local, charity-linked running event that attracts attendants with different motivations to participate and attitudes toward corporate social responsibility (CSR) to examine the effectiveness of sponsorship decisions for two primary, concurrent sponsors. Using a structural equation model for each sponsor, we find that the importance attached to various channels that influence sponsorship effectiveness to be sponsor specific. For the luxury automobile sponsor in our study, an attendant’s motivation to participate is the only statistically significant and direct path to intention to purchase. Furthermore, although CSR also links to fit, the fit has no direct path to intention to purchase. This finding could potentially indicate that participants view the luxury automobile sponsorship as a positive expression of CSR, rather than through the event’s lens. This finding implies that the luxury automobile dealer’s sponsorship gains are not dependent on the event but the cause’s support. In contrast, the sponsorship gains for the sports retailer are dependent on the event, where event satisfaction, event leverage, and event fit all have indirect paths to intention to purchase. Additionally, motivation to participate and the importance of CSR operates through different, indirect paths to intention to purchase for the sports retailer. Although motivation to participate positively impacts event satisfaction and event satisfaction positively influences intention to purchase, CSR’s importance operates through fit, which positively impacts intention to purchase. Our results for the sports retailer indicate an increased fit with the event enhances the sponsor’s perceptions as socially responsible and enhances the intentions to purchase the sponsor’s goods. Furthermore, a well-liked event increases the likelihood a participant will purchase the sports retailer’s products.
Key words: Sponsorship; Corporate social responsibility; Fit; Intention to purchase; Charity-linked event
Do Green Attributes of Destination Matter? The Effect on Green Trust and Destination Brand Equity – 775
Garima Malik,* Kishore Kumar Gangwani,† and Amandeep Kaur‡
*Amity Business School, Amity University, U.P., India
†Jindal Global Business School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India
‡Rukmini Devi Institute of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India
Tourism industry is a part of an important sector that contributes to the economic development of any country in an effective way such that the tourism stakeholders are taking efforts to develop sustainable tourism practices in order to preserve the future generation needs and hold their perception towards environment. Extant research on environmentally sustainable practices has treated “Green” tourism as local environmental awareness and conservative activities, failing to identify the differences in the way tourists choose destinations based on green attributes and how these attributes effect the destination marketing. This study addresses this gap by exploring the relationship among attributes of green tourism and green trust and their impact on destination brand equity. Moreover, an important variable, greenwashing, is used to measure the moderation effects in the relationships proposed. Analysis was based on a sample of 739 Indian tourists having visited three eco-friendly destinations. Partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) technique exhibited the impact of green service attributes (green service delivery and green service support except green service policy) on green trust with significant moderation interaction effects from greenwashing and finally the consequent effect on destination brand equity.
Key words: Sustainability; Green tourism; Destination marketing; Brand equity
The Prevalence and Impact of Congestion in Australian Running Events: An Analysis From the Perspective of Race Directors – 793
Sean Peckover,* Aldo Raineri,† and Aaron T. Scanlan‡
*School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
†School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
‡Human Exercise and Training Laboratory, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
This qualitative study aimed to examine the views of Australian race directors regarding the prevalence of congestion and its impact on runners during running events. Five race directors who organize large running events in Australia were interviewed in a focus group setting. Thirty-five Australian race directors also completed an electronic survey examining their experiences with congestion during running events they organize. Similar themes emerged from findings gathered in the focus group and survey. Race directors in Australia receive negative feedback from runners regarding congestion. Furthermore, race directors indicated congestion impacts runner safety resulting in incidents and injuries to runners during events. Congestion was also reported to reduce runner satisfaction with the event when runners are unable to run at predetermined paces. This study provides foundation evidence identifying congestion as an issue in running events, with congestion subsequently leading to negative consequences from the perspective of race directors.
Key words: Crowds; Sporting events; Mass participation; Marathon; Event safety
Event Management in the “Chinese Century”
Guest Editors: Mingguang Liu and James S. Kennell
Events Management in the “Chinese Century” – 805
Mingguang Liu* And James S. Kennell
Greening Exhibition Events in China: Beyond Sustainability Into Regeneration – 813
Faith Ong,* Hongxia Qi,† Nanyi Nicole Yu,* and Isabella Qing Ye‡
*UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
†School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
‡Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism, University of Greenwich, London, UK
As business events flourish in diverse markets, the emphasis on experience needs to be tempered with sustainable operations. Through interviews with exhibition events sector stakeholders, this research examines the adoption of green practices in the Chinese context. The study adopts a stakeholder perspective to examine the multiple relationships that influence the choice and implementation of green practices in the exhibition events sector, examining motivations and barriers to the adoption of these practices. Leveraging on the regenerative paradigm, which positions sustainability as an acceptable but insufficient course of action for a long-term future, the study delves into the sector’s receptivity toward regenerative practices as a radical improvement of green practices. The findings suggest that the challenge to innovate in green practices into the realm of regeneration is firmly considered a government-level directive. Moreover, there remains a lack of whole-of-place perspective in the current green practices, which is contrary to the regenerative paradigm. By extending the study beyond sustainability into regeneration, this research contributes to the literature on event management and its environmental impacts, challenging the exhibition events sector to adopt green practices that not only mitigate but actively remediate their impacts on the world they operate in.
Key words: Green practices; Business events; Regeneration; China; Exhibitions
The Marketization of the Business Event Industry in China: Change The Roles of Industry Associations – 831
Tourism Group, School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
To further develop the booming business event industry, China is seeking to dismantle centralized bureaucracies and leading the sector to an increasing marketization. Emphasis on market and competition is increased. To enhance the understanding of this transformation process, a constructivist grounded theory is adopted by drawing data from documents and in-depth interviews with 18 key stakeholders in the business event industry in China. The findings show that industry associations, who have strong relationships with authorities and are usually the organizer of key events in their field, are key stakeholders in the process. Based on the identified three stages of transformation, peeling off industry associations from the government emerges as a key step for changing the traditional government-led model in the business event sector. Government transferring functions to and purchasing services from associations, as well as changing the administrative approval system, are three prominent strategies. A framework of the marketization of the business event industry in China is proposed, laying a basis for future research in this area. This research provides valuable insights into the underinvestigated phenomenon of the marketization of the business event industry in China. Practical implications for practitioners in the sector are identified.
Key words: Marketization; Business event industry; Industry associations; Functional transformation
China’s Generation Z: Students’ Motivations for Conference Attendance and Preferred Conference Design – 847
Vanja Pavluković,* Rob Davidson,† Samantha Chaperon,‡ and Milica Vujičić*
*Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
†MICE Knowledge, Education, Research and Consultancy Services for the MICE Industry
‡Department for Marketing, Events and Tourism, Business Faculty, University of Greenwich, London, UK
The future growth of the conference industry will depend on how well it understands the demographic trends influencing it. As members of Generation Z reach adulthood and become a target market for the conference industry, an understanding of their motivations, needs, and expectations is crucial. To date, this topic has received limited research attention. Targeting Chinese students from Generation Z, this study used an online survey to examine their motivations for conference attendance and their expectations with regards to conference design. China is an emerging market with huge conference potential. The key findings show that: 1) destination characteristics and educational and professional opportunities are important motivators for China’s Generation Z to attend a conference; 2) edutainment, interactivity, short sessions, use of technology, and sustainability practices are expected to be implemented into event design; and 3) face-to-face, website and e-mail are the preferred communication channels with the conference organizer and other conference participants. Although, for the most part, the characteristics of Generation Z in China seem to be aligned with Generation Z elsewhere, in the conference sector context it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the country-specific nuances in Generation Z preferences, and conference organizers must acknowledge and adapt to these preferences. This research will assist the conference industry to make necessary adjustments to existing products and services, and to identify new opportunities to develop products and services that will resonate with this new market.
Key words: Generation Z; China; Conference industry; Conference motivation; Conference attendance; Event design
Event Management Skills in the Post-COVID-19 World: Insights From China, Germany, and Australia – 867
Kim Werner,* Olga Junek,† and Chunlei Wang‡
*Hochschule Osnabrück, University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück, Germany
†Victoria University Business School, Melbourne, Australia
‡Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai, China
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has caused the event industry and providers of tertiary event management courses to reflect on the nature of future events and the form they will take. With hybrid, virtual, and innovative events being foreseen for the coming years, skills taught in the relevant programs and courses also need to be reassessed and restructured. Using qualitative, semistructured interviews, this research explores the viewpoints on requisite future skills from three groups of event stakeholders—professionals, lecturers, and students—across three countries: China, Germany, and Australia. The results show agreement on what event management skills will be needed, among which technical and digital expertise, communication, innovation, and leadership are seen as the most important.
Key words: Event management education; Future skills; Event industry; COVID-19 pandemic
Chinese Event Students’ Career: The Role of Career Awareness and Career Self-Efficacy – 883
Jie Sun,* Wen Chang,† Nadia H. Nazlan,‡ Chunlei Wang,§ and Ling Wang¶
*The Collins College of Hospitality Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA
†School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China
‡Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
§School of Event and Tourism, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai, China
¶Department of Cooperation and Exchange Office, Shanghai Zhongqiao Vocational and Technical University, Shanghai, China
The expansion of event majors in China is still unable to satisfy the demand of the fast-growing event industry. Keeping graduates in the event industry could help solve the labor shortage of the industry. However, existing literature has overlooked the influencing mechanism on Chinese event students’ job pursuit intention. To address this research gap, the current study aims to investigate how career awareness affects Chinese event students’ job pursuit intention. This research also examines the mediating effect of career satisfaction and the moderation effect of career self-efficacy. Based on the signaling theory and self-efficacy theory, the present study develops an integrated research model that includes career awareness, career satisfaction, career self-efficacy, and job pursuit intention. A total of 198 usable responses from 18 event undergraduate programs were collected in China. Results show that Chinese event students’ career awareness positively associates with enhanced career satisfaction, which subsequently improves their intention to stay in the event industry. This effect is fully mediated by career satisfaction. Moreover, the current study demonstrates the moderating effect of career self-efficacy between career satisfaction and job pursuit intention.
Key words: Event job pursuit intention; Chinese event students; Career awareness; Career satisfaction; Career self-efficacy
More Than A “Chinese Century”: The Case Of International Film Festival And Awards Macao – 899
Jennie Jordan* and Hiu Man Chan†‡
*Creative Research and Innovation Centre, Loughborough University, London, UK
†School of Humanities and Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
‡UK-China Film Collab, UK
This article contributes to debates around cultural event management in the Chinese century by investigating the case of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM). It first problematizes the Chinese century concept by contrasting studies on film-related soft power in China as cultural diplomacy with the Macao Special Administrative Government’s use of festivals and events as place marketing strategies. It argues Macao does not fit comfortably into the soft power paradigm normally associated with China and uses the festival to illuminate areas of difference. Within this problematized context, the case study of IFFAM is built on existing studies of eventalization as urban cultural policies. The analysis section demonstrates IFFAM differs from state-led film activities in mainland China. Findings presented and evaluated include official announcements about IFFAM by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), where the festival’s objective to “improve Macao’s international reputation” are contrasted with the paradigms underpinning mainland China’s going-out international trade policy. Further findings relate to the festival’s programming strategies, and domestic and international reception of IFFAM in the past years, answering the question of whether Macao and IFFAM act as intermediaries, influencing cultural policy and film festival production practices in other regions of China and recentering film festivals’ focus from Europe to Asia. It emphasizes the importance of IFFAM’s development in Macao because of its unique status and potential as an alternative, intermediary lens for observing the Chinese century.
Key words: Chinese century; Soft power; Cultural policy; Cultural intermediaries; Film festival
Movie Roadshow as Dramaturgical Interaction Between Film Professionals and Audiences: An Event Organizer Perspective in the Chinese Film Industry – 915
Min Xu* and Sangkyun Kim†
*School of Journalism and Communication, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China
†School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented rise in face-to-face film promotion events in China. Core members of numerous film production teams have toured over 30 major Chinese cities in order to meet their audiences. Despite their growth and popularity, these small-scale but prevalent and recurring events have rarely been discussed in the context of event studies. Drawing on Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical perspective, this study explores how organizers of film promotion events construct performances and event meanings in the Chinese media industry. It analyzes in-depth interviews with 10 Chinese film practitioners in addition to microblog posts for promotional events of the highest grossing movies from 2017 to 2019. The results suggest that event dramaturgy is designed, staged, and managed both on site and on social media platforms. The performative elements of the events and interactions between public figures such as celebrities and audiences offer insights into the collective and individual meanings of face-to-face media practices in contemporary China.
Key words: Film events; Chinese media industry; Roadshows; Dramaturgy; Celebrity
Exploring Community Festivals in the Context of the Chinese Diaspora – 931
Nanyi Nicole Yu, Judith Mair, Andy Lee, and Faith Ong
UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, QLD, Australia
This exploratory case study investigated the organizers’ rationale for hosting a community festival for the Chinese diaspora and takes as its context the 2018 Brisbane Chinese Festival held in Queensland, Australia. Diaspora groups are in a paradoxical situation as they hold a dual identity, with a sense of belonging to their homeland and host land simultaneously, and thus festivals aimed at diasporic communities are culturally complex. Data were collected from semistructured interviews with 15 Chinese community leaders living in Queensland who were festival organizers. The results show that organizers had reasons for both community internal and external development. The internal focused reasons include reinforcing Chinese community identities and increasing community solidarity and cohesiveness among different individuals and groups. The externally focused reasons include building a united image of the Chinese community, along with fostering social harmony between the minority diaspora groups and the dominant populations in a multicultural society. The research also demonstrated that defining and characterizing the Chinese diaspora, which is acknowledged to be super-diverse, was highly complex, but that cultural identity was the key way in which members of the Chinese diaspora define themselves. Suggestions for future research using social capital as a potential theoretical framework are provided.
Key words: Chinese diaspora; Community festivals; Rationale for hosting; Identity; Belonging
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Special Issue: Event Innovation and Resilience During Uncertainty
Deadline: March 13, 2022
Dr. Elina (Eleni) Michopoulou, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Dr. Nikolaos Pappas, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
Dr. Iride Azara, University of Derby, United Kingdom
In recent years, studies on innovation and resilience, often adopt the angle of crisis recovery or focus on value-creating innovative and creative strategies and practices. While those studies have begun to explore the underpinning principles of innovation and resilience, they often focus on a specific sector or region or viewed through the narrow lenses of economic recovery. Moreover, the theoretical and applied aspects of innovation and resilience need to be approached from a multidisciplinary point of view, to enable a better understanding of the internal and external dynamics that affect the evolution, planning and delivery of events at times of uncertainty. The pathway to success (or failure) lies on the overall innovative stance adopted by event stakeholders and the resilience demonstrated by companies and communities alike to externalities that yield not only challenges and threats; but also bear opportunities for fundamentally rethinking our practices of planning and delivering events. Therefore, an SI revisiting innovation and resilience during uncertainty will be highly relevant to both, industry and academia.
This special issue welcomes theoretical, empirical, experimental, and case study research contributions. These contributions should clearly address the theoretical and practical implications of the research in reference. Both conceptual and empirical work are welcome. Event innovation and resilience can be viewed under a variety of prisms, including but not limited to:
- Innovation, creativity and change management
- Resilience management
- Complexity management
- Competitiveness, sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- Consumer behaviour, decision-making, expectations, experience and satisfaction
- Adaptive capacities
- Crisis management
- Urban resilience
- Multi-disciplinary resilience
- Event design, planning and delivery
- Economics of change impacts and adaptation
- Emerging and innovative research methods and methodologies
- Human resources, equality, diversity, and labour operations
- The role of technology in event innovation and resilience
- Marketing, advertising, branding and promotional activities
- Training and education
- Wellbeing of employees, local communities and event participants
- Other interdisciplinary areas related to event management
Each paper submitted for publication consideration is subjected to the standard review process designated by Event Management journal. Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the Editor-in-chief along with the guest editors, decisions will be made whether particular submissions will be accepted, revised or rejected. Please note that the review process will start after the full paper submission deadline.
Authors should submit manuscripts electronically via the journal online platform (available from September 2021).
Full paper submission deadline: March 13, 2022
Expected publication date: Mid to end of 2023
All papers should follow the submission guidelines of the Event Management journal. For more information please visit Submitting Articles
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE OLYMPICS, MEGA- AND MAJOR- EVENTS
EVENT MANAGEMENT JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE CALL
PUBLISH DATE: 2021-2022
Dr Michael B. Duignan, Head of Department and Reader in Events, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK.
Dr Mike Duignan – Video overview of special issue:
Prof Laurence Chalip, Head of Department and Professor in Sports Management, School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management, George Mason University, USA.
Prof Laurence Chalip – Thoughts on human rights and the Olympics, mega- and major-events:
The Olympics, mega- and major- events have a long history of human rights abuse (Amnesty International, 2021a). An increasing body of work over the last two decades have advanced a rights-based agenda in the context of large-scale events (e.g. Caudwell and McGee’s (2017) Special Issue on ‘Human Rights and Events, Leisure and Sport’ and more recently the European Funded ‘Event Rights’ (2020) project). Specific case study works have too sought to frame stakeholder exclusion as a human rights issue, as numerous social groups find have been identified to be exploited in one way or another in the melee of planning, delivery, and in the post-event legacy periods (e.g. Talbot and Carter, 2018; Duignan, Pappalepore and Everett, 2019). Indeed, large scale events too act as a platform for amplifying human rights abuses already existing in the host city and/or country context, as well as those produced as a direct and indirect result of hosting. For example, the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup not only exposed limited national legislation protecting labour rights in Qatar, but this was also evidenced by poor working and living conditions, as well as delayed salaries for those working on the Khalifa Stadium (Amnesty International, 2021b). Occurring over protracted time-periods and geographical boundaries, the host country and city provides a useful incubator to examine human rights issues.
Owners and organisers of large-scale events acutely recognise human rights abuses as a problem that warrants new policy interventions and closer practical relations with host cities and countries, whether that be the Commonwealth Games Foundation’s (2017): ‘Transformation 2022 Strategy – A Human Rights Commitment’, through to the “International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) human rights strategy and policy commitment” (…) looking at “further embedding human rights in the good governance principles, and the establishment of the previously announced Human Rights Advisory Committee.” (IOC, 2020). This is part of a wider movement of large events pressuring hosts to consider embedding principles and objectives aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2021). Furthermore, local organisingcommittees increasingly work with human rights organisations to tackle specific types of abuses. For example, ‘It’s a Penalty’: an international charity dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking in host cities, works directly with Olympic venues to screen campaign videos to warn fans of the signs and how to report potential abuses (https://itsapenalty.org/)
This CFP on Human Rights and the Olympics, Mega- and Major-Events hopes to 1) expose significant human rights abuses that have not been adequately amplified to date; 2) bring together a disparate body of work looking at human rights; 3) publish existing and on-going work evaluating the legacy of previous events or looking forward to events in the year of 2021 and beyond; 4) identify good practice, like It’s a Penalty’s work, that illustrates the power of large-scale events for exposing and tackling human rights abuses too; 5) encourage scholars to act as a critical friend and work with policy makers and/or industry to help stimulate positive change.
We are looking for:
- Multidisciplinary research papers that draw on a range of different ideas, concepts, theories and traditions appropriate to explain the human rights issue under investigation.
- Scholars may wish to take a global perspective (i.e. by drawing on a range of event examples and cases to illustrate the ubiquity of the human rights abuse), or for example may present a specific human right issue in a specific event case study.
- All papers must provide a set of policy and/or industry recommendations centred around the following themes:
- EDUCATE– educating stakeholders and raising awareness of the chosen human rights issue.
- EQUIP– equipping stakeholders and those affected to help tackle chosen human rights issue.
- ENCOURAGE– how to encourage stakeholders and those affected to come forward to report chosen human rights issue.
N.B. Clarify how educate, equip, and encourage recommendations have transferability beyond the context you are speaking about to have more universal and/or value across numerous events.
Though this list in not exhaustive, below are examples of human rights issues found across major events:
- Human trafficking
- Freedom of speech
- Labour rights and worker exploitation
- Lack of personal safety
- Poverty and socio-economic deprivation
- Athlete abuse
- LGBTQ+ rights
- Torture and execution
- Police brutality
- Black Lives Matter
- Forced evictions and displacement
- Host community disruption
- Gentrification and indirect displacement
For those looking for a deeper understanding regarding the types of human rights issues and the ways these can be analysed and tackled across the entire lifecycle of major events, we have provided two documents below.
- The United Nations Human Rights: Office of the High Commissioner (https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/pages/listofissues.aspx) has a comprehensive list of human rights issues and related resources; and
- The Institute for Business and Human Rights provides a useful overview of the ways human rights issues can be analysed and tackled across the entire lifecycle of major events too (https://www.sporthumanrights.org/uploads/resources/The_MSE_Lifecycle_-_Embedding_Human_Rights_from_Vision_to_Legacy.pdf)
Amnesty International UK. (2021a). Sports and Human Rights. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/sport-and-human-rights
Amnesty International UK. (2021b). Qatar World Cup: The ugly side to the beautiful game. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/qatar-world-cup-ugly-side-beautiful-game
Commonwealth Games Foundation. (2017). Transformation 2022 Strategy – A Human Rights Commitment. Available at: https://thecgf.com/content/cgf-human-rights-statement
Duignan, M.B., Pappalepore, I., & Everett, S. (2019). The ‘summer of discontent’: Exclusion and communal resistance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tourism Management, 70, 355-367.
EventRights. (2021). Introduction. Available at: http://eventrights.net/
IOC. (2020). IOC moves forward with its human rights approach. Available at: https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-moves-forward-with-its-human-rights-approach
It’s a Penalty. (2021). Introduction. Available at: https://itsapenalty.org/
Raco, M., & Tunney, E. (2010). Visibilities and invisibilities in urban development: Small business communities and the London Olympics 2012. Urban Studies, 47(2), 2069–2091.
Talbot, A., & Carter, T. (2018). Human rights abuses at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Leisure Studies, 37(1), 77–88.
- Deadline for extended abstracts of max 500 words by 12th March, 2021.
Note: send your abstract to: M.Duignan@surrey.ac.uk
- Confirmations of acceptance/rejection by 19th March, 2021.
- Deadline to submit full paper by 11th October, 2021.
If you have any questions, please email: M.Duignan@surrey.ac.uk