PhD in Olympic Tourism and Event Impacts

I’m delighted to be starting a PhD in Olympic Tourism and Event Impacts shortly at Anglia Ruskin University.

I will be updating this blog with updates, insights from my research and the odd reflection throughout my PhD. You can also follow my Twitter page here.


Tracing the 21st Century Realities and Tragedies of the 1991 World Student Games

The impending demolition of the Don Valley Stadium is an unfortunate and untimely loss to the city of Sheffield. Remarkably the Don Valley Stadium has been operating at a significant loss (running costs spiralling to an estimated £700,000) and regrettably the city council, forced to make considerable spending cuts opted to vote in favour of the stadium closure. This multi-purpose, world class facility (principally the second largest athletics stadium in the UK) was originally built to stage the athletics events at the 1991 World Student Games in Sheffield. Ever since it has demonstrated its versatility by hosting live music events (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc) and becoming the adopted home of the Sheffield Eagles (RFL).

The reputation of the 1991 World Student Games to this day remains tarnished by the financial misdemeanour’s of the organisers and the resulting incomprehensible debt repayments (Sheffield Council continue to repay £25m until 2024). As part of the bidding process other prominent venues were created for the World Student Games including Ponds Forge, the Motorpoint Arena (originally named the Sheffield Arena) and a smart renovation of The Lyceum Theatre. Moreover a reignited sporting culture emerged as well as ongoing investment in lottery funded initiatives such as the English Institute of Sport. As one state of the art facility slowly slips away its paves the pathway for the re-birth of another, inherently more diminutive or compact stadia. The council are undertaking plans to restore the Woodburn Road Stadium which has been unoccupied for around 18 months. This decision to close the stadium has been widely criticised by Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis who currently trains at Don Valley. On her official Twitter page, she remarked:

Don Valley Stadium

Academic Links to Tourism, Events, Sports, Leisure and Hospitality Organisations, Associations and Publishers

In this revised edition I am going to share with you some of the academic links to tourism, events, sports, leisure and hospitality pages that I have collated over the years. This includes social media links (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) that correspond directly to the vast collection of organisations, associations/networks and publishers (including journals, books etc). In its rawest form this valuable flagship directory could be used as a starter for those new to the area and who simply want to tap into the plethora of relevant resources available to them. It is primarily for academics, practitioners, researchers and students in the fields of tourism, events, sports management, leisure, hospitality, geography and sustainability. This is my contribution.

Annals of Leisure Research – Annals of Leisure Research is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. Twitter.

Association for Events Management Education (AEME) – Providing information about and links to resources relating to events management education, best practice and research. Twitter.

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education – The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. Facebook.

Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies – The Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) is the major disciplinary association in Australasia for promoting the further development of research, teaching and scholarship in the study of leisure. Twitter.

British Society of Sports History – The British Society of Sports History (BSSH) purpose is to promote the study of the history of sport, activities include encouraging research within and beyond academic settings, collaborating with the museum and heritage sector and promoting the study of the history of sport in higher and further education. Twitter – British SocietyTwitter – BSSH South of EnglandTwitter – BSSH Scotland.

Business & Society – Business & Society is an academic journal published by Sage. Twitter.

Channel View Publications – Publishes textbooks and research monographs in the field of tourism studies. Twitter.

CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. Twitter.

Crit Geog Forum – This list provides a forum for the discussion of critical and radical perspectives in geography. Discussions focus on the organisational and disciplinary framework of geographical research and teaching and on critical interpretations of geographical issues. Twitter.

Culture @ the Olympics – Culture @ the Olympics is a space where academics and practitioners involved with the Olympic movement can publish brief commentaries, position pieces, original papers, presentations, working papers, and previously published papers, which may no longer have a visibility in their original form. Twitter.

Dark Tourism and Place Identity – An information page about the book Dark Tourism and Place Identity: Managing and interpreting dark places, published by Routledge in 2016. Facebook.

Discourses of Olympism – Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012 is a book published by Palgrave in 2012. Twitter.

Emerald Tourism and Hospitality – Latest tourism and hospitality research from an international publisher of books and journals. Twitter.

Environmental Education Research – Environmental Education Research is an international refereed journal which publishes papers and reports on all aspects of environmental education. Twitter.

European Sport Management Quarterly – European Sport Management Quarterly (ESMQ) is the official journal of the European Association for Sport Management. Twitter.

European Tourism Futures Institute – The European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI) is painting pictures about the future of tourism by compiling future scenarios in close collaboration with key representatives from the industry, governmental organisations and researchers and experts from various fields. Twitter.

Events Management: An Introduction – The first edition of Events Management: An Introduction was published by Routledge in February 2012. The second edition will be published in 2017. This introductory textbook is the first to fully explore the multi-disciplinary nature of events management and to provide all the practical skills and professional knowledge students need to succeed in the events industry. Twitter.

Global Sustainability Journal – Global Sustainability is dedicated to supporting the rapidly expanding area of global sustainability research. Twitter.

International Journal of the History of Sport – The International Journal of the History of Sport is an academic journal and publication of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport. Twitter.

International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics – The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics publishes articles that address all aspects of sport policy and politics irrespective of academic discipline. Twitter.

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research – The critical edge of research on cities and regions. Twitter.

International Tourism Studies Association – The International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) is a global scholar’s organisation bridging the gap between tourism research and practice in developing and developed countries. LinkedIn.

Journal of Destination Marketing & Management – The Journal of Destination Marketing & Management (JDMM) is an academic journal published by Elsevier. Twitter.

Journal of Marketing Management – Official journal of the Academy of Marketing, an international peer-reviewed journal publishing original and thought-provoking research. Twitter.

Journal of Sport History – The Journal of Sport History is the official publication of the North American Society for Sport History. Twitter.

Journal of Sport Management – The Journal of Sport Management is the official publication of the North American Society for Sport Management. Twitter.

Journal of Sustainability Education – JSE serves as a forum for fostering the integration of economic, ecological and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within educational contexts. Twitter.

Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change – The Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change provides a critical view on the relationships and tensions between tourism and culture. Twitter.

Journal of Tourism Research and Hospitality – Published by SciTechnol. Twitter.

Journal of Urban Affairs – Focusing on urban research and policy, JUA offers a multidisciplinary perspective on issues relevant to scholars and practitioners. Twitter.

Leisure Sciences – An interdisciplinary journal that presents scientific inquiries into the study of leisure, recreation, parks, travel, and tourism from a social science perspective. Twitter.

Leisure Studies – Leisure Studies is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. Twitter.

Leisure Studies Association – The Leisure Studies Association provides a unique multi-disciplinary meeting and communication forum open to researchers, practitioners and students in all areas of leisure studies around the world. Twitter. LinkedIn.

Managing Sport and Leisure – A refereed journal that publishes high quality research articles to inform and stimulate discussions relevant to sport and leisure management globally. Twitter.

Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality – The aim is to allow TL2008 students at the University of Central Lancashire to connect and share resources with regard to national and international issues that affect and influence the marketing of hospitality organisations and the tourism sector. Facebook.

Meliora Journal – International Journal of Student Sustainability Research. Twitter.

On Climate – Exploring scientific, policy and strategic perspectives on the impacts of and responses to climate change. Twitter.

On Sustainability – Interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect. Published by Common Ground Publishing. Twitter.

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health – Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health (QRSEH) is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. Twitter.

Regional Studies Association – The Regional Studies Association supports and connects research and policy making engaged in the analysis of regions and sub national issues. Twitter.

Routledge Geography, Planning and Urban Studies – Routledge Geography, Planning & Urban Studies is a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences. Twitter.

Routledge Sustainability – Routledge Environment & Sustainability is a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the field of environment and sustainability. Twitter.

Sage Management – Publishing Management and Business books and journals, as well as general news items of interest. Twitter.

Sage Theory, Culture and Society – Theory, Culture and Society is a major international journal with high impact in the areas of sociology, cultural theory and social theory. Twitter.

Slum Tourism Network – is aimed at bringing together and creating an international network of academics and practitioners working on tourism in deprived urban and rural areas. Twitter.

Soccernomics – Soccernomics is a book first published by HarperSport in May 2012, the blog and the consultancy. Twitter.

Sport&EU – Founded in 2005, the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport&EU) is the first pan-European academic network for the study of sport and the European Union. Twitter.

Sport & Society – Exploring the cultural, political and economic relationships of sport to society. Published by Common Ground Publishing. Twitter.

Sport, Business and Management – Sport, Business and Management is an academic journal published by Emerald. Twitter.

Sport Heritage Review – Discussion and dissemination of sport heritage topics, issues, and research. Twitter.

Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand – The Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) was founded in November 1995. The principal aim of SMAANZ is to encourage scholarly inquiry into sport management related research and to provide the opportunity to present results from this research. Twitter.

Sport Management Review – Sport Management Review is an academic journal published by Elsevier. Twitter.

Sustainability MDPI – Sustainability is an international cross-displinary scholarly and open access journal. Twitter.

Sustainability: The Journal of Record – A journal committed to providing legitimate information and resources to foster collaboration in the quest for a sustainable way of life. Twitter.

Taylor & Francis Sport, Leisure and Tourism Studies – Latest news from Taylor & Francis Sport, Leisure and Tourism Studies books and journals. Twitter.

The Academy of Leisure Sciences – The Academy of Leisure Sciences was founded in 1980 with its central purpose as the intellectual advancement of leisure sciences. Twitter.

The Institute of Place Management – Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better. Twitter.

The Olympics: The Basics – A resource to accompany the book The Olympics: The Basics published by Routledge in January 2012. Twitter.

The Tourism Society – The Tourism Society is the professional membership body for people working in all sectors of the visitor economy. Twitter.

Tomorrow’s Tourism – 2050: Tomorrow’s Tourism was published by Channel View Publications in June 2012. This textbook paints a picture of 2050 as scenarios helps leaders understand possible change, how change will occur and the consequences, threats and opportunities of the future of tourism. Twitter.

Tourism and Events: Society, Culture and the Visitor Experience – The aim is to allow TL3140 students at the University of Central Lancashire to connect and share resources with regard to the social scientific study of tourism, events, and leisure experiences with the cultural condition of society. Facebook.

Tourism and Leisure Studies – Exploring the social, economic, cultural and organisational aspects of tourism and leisure. Published by Common Ground Publishing. Twitter.

Tourism and National Identities: An International Perspective – An information page about the book Tourism and National Identities: An International Perspective, published by Routledge in March 2011. Facebook.

Tourism and Public Policy – The forthcoming edition of Tourism and Public Policy will be published by Routledge in 2017. Twitter.

Tourism Futures – All about the many futures of travel, tourism, leisure and recreation. Tourism Futures is the international web-portal for tourism and leisure research. Twitter.

Tourism Geographies – Tourism Geographies – An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. Twitter.

Tourism Management Institute – The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional organisation for anyone working in tourism destination management. Twitter.

Travel and Tourism Research Association – Founded in 1970, the Travel and Tourism Research Association (ttra) is a non-profit association whose purpose is to enhance the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development. Twitter.

UK Sport Development Research Network – The UK Sport Development Research Network (UKSDN) is a professional network whose vision is to create an environment in the UK where sport policy and practices are influenced and informed by innovative, research-informed collaborations between academics and practitioners. Twitter.

Urban Geography – Publishing original academic papers on urban issues by geographers and other social scientists since 1980. Twitter.

Urban Studies – Publishing ground-breaking contributions across the full range of social science disciplines. Twitter.

World Regional Geography – The second edition of World Regional Geography: Human Mobilities, Tourism Destinations, Sustainable Environments was published by Kendall-Hunt in 2015. Twitter.