Dr Mike Duignan

Reader in Events and Director of the Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events (HaRM)
Student feedback & consultation hours for academic year 2022-2023: Tue 1-3pm & Wed 2-4pm

Academic and research departments

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.


Mike is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Events, former Head of Department (Department Chair) at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, and Director of the 'Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events' (HaRM) - the UK's official Olympic Studies Centre endorsed by the International Olympic Committee. As of November 2021, Mike became the Editor-in-Chief of the leading international journal in the study of events and festivals: Event Management

Visit www.MichaelDuignan.uk for a full overview of Mike's i) academic research and publications, ii) learning and teaching materials, including INSIDEEVENTS podcast, iii) consultancy offer and work, iv) talks and keynotes, and v) media analysis and public engagement over the past decade. 

You can also follow Mike on Twitter @michaelbduignan.


Peer reviewed publications

Duignan, M.B., Everett, S., and McCabe, S (2022). Events as Catalysts for Communal Resistance to Overtourism. Annals of Tourism Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2022.103438

Duignan, M.B. (2022). Managing Events, Festivals, and the Visitor Economy: Concepts, Collaborations and Cases. CABI. Edited book. Available here: https://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781789242850/.

Brazao, A., Duignan, M.B., Li, Y., and Jarrett, D (2022). Remotely Researching Leisurely Settings. Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annale.2022.100048.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray. (2022). Introduction on Events, Public Spaces, and Mobility. Annals of Leisure Research.  https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2027251.

Duignan, M.B. (2022). Utilizing Field Theory to Examine Mega-Event Led Development. Event Management, 25(6), 705-720. https://doi.org/10.3727/152599522X16419948390943.

Robertson, M., Mair, J., Lockstone-Binney, L., and Duignan, M.B. (2022). Studying the Complexities of Events and Festivals and Relationships to the Visitor Economy. In: Duignan, M.B. 2022. Eds. Managing Events, Festivals, and the Visitor Economy: Concepts, Collaborations and Cases. CABI. Available here: https://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20210515470.

Duignan, M.B. (2021). Leveraging Tokyo 2020 to Re-Image Japan and the Olympic City, Post-Fukushima. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 19, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdmm.2020.100486.

Walsh, L., Down, S., and Duignan, M.B. (2021). Regulatory Informality Across Olympic Event Zones. Event Management.  https://doi.org/10.3727/152599521X16192004803520.

Duignan, M.B., Pappalepore, I., Smith, A., and Ivanescu, Y. (2021). Tourists’ Experience of Mega-Event Cities: Rio’s Olympic Double Bubbles. Annals of Leisure Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2021.1880945.

Duignan, M.B., and Pappalepore, I. (2021). How do Olympic cities strategically leverage New Urban Tourism? Evidence from Tokyo. Tourism Geographies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2021.1895296.

Duignan, M.B., Down, S., and O’Brien, D. (2020). Entrepreneurial Leveraging in Liminoidal Olympic Transit Zones. Annals of Tourism Research, 80, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2019.102774.

Duignan, M.B., Pappalepore, I., and Everett, S. (2019). The ‘Summer of Discontent’: Exclusion and Communal Resistance at the London 2012 Games. Tourism Management, 70, 355-367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.08.029.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D. (2019). Disorganised host community touristic-event spaces: Revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Olympic Games. Leisure Studies, 38(5), 692-711. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2019.1633679.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D. (2019). Walking Methodologies, Digital Platforms and the Interrogation of Olympic Spaces: The ‘#RioZones-Approach’. Tourism Geographies, 1-2(23),

275-295. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2019.1586988.

Duignan, M.B., and Pappalepore, I. (2019). Visitor (Im)Mobility, Leisure Consumption and Mega-Event Impact: The Territorialisation of Greenwich and Small Business Exclusion at the London 2012 Olympics. Leisure Studies, 38(2), 160-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2019.1572212.

McGillivray, D., Duignan, M.B., and Mielke, E. (2019). Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city. Annals of Leisure Research, 23(3), 280-303. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2019.1607509.

Cade, N., Everett, S., and Duignan, M.B. (2019). Leveraging Digital and Physical Spaces to ‘De-Risk’ and Access Rio’s Favela Communities. Tourism Geographies, 1-2(23), 249-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2019.1571099

Duignan, M.B. (2019). London’s Olympic-Urban Legacy: Small Business Displacement, ‘Clone Town’ Effect and the Production of ‘Urban Blandscapes’. Journal of Place Management and Development, 12(2), 142-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-05-2018-0033

Kirby, S., and Duignan, M.B. (2019). Searching for Sites of Liminality in “Giga” Events: Developing a Conceptual Framework. Routledge, book chapter. Available here: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-40256-3_6.

Kirby, S., Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D (2018). Mega-Sport Events, Micro and Small Business Leveraging: Introducing the “MSE-MSB Leverage Model”. Event Management, 22(6), 917-931.  https://doi.org/10.3727/152599518X15346132863184.

Duignan, M.B., Kirby, S., O’Brien, D., and Everett, S. (2018). From ‘Clone Towns’ to ‘Slow Towns’: Examining Festival Legacies. Journal of Place Management and Development, 11(3), 350-366. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-07-2017-0071

Duignan, M.B., Everett, S., Walsh, L., and Cade, N (2017). Leveraging Physical and Digital Liminoidal Spaces: The Case of #EATCambridge festival. Tourism Geographies, 20(5), 858-879. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2017.1417472

Duignan, M.B., and Wilbert, C (2017). Embedding Slow Tourism and the ‘Slow Phases’ Framework: The Case of Cambridge, UK. In: Clancy, M. 2017. Eds. Slow Tourism, Food and Cities: Pace and the Search for the ‘Good Life’. London: Routledge. Available here: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315686714-13/embedding-slow-tourism-slow-phases-framework-michael-duignan-chris-wilbert.

Pappalepore, I., and Duignan, M.B. (2016). The London 2012 Cultural Programme: A Consideration of Olympic Impacts and Legacies for Small Creative Organisations in East London. Tourism Management, 54, 344-355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2015.11.015.

Duignan, M.B. (2013). Events and urban regeneration: the strategic use of events to revitalise cities. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(5), 307-309. https://doi.org/10.1080/19407963.2013.840950.


Public and industry engagement articles

Duignan, M.B. (2022). Banning Russia from World Events Will Help Alienate Putin. The Conversation.

Davis, L., and Duignan, M.B. (2022). French Open: Understanding why Russian and Belarusian tennis players are competing despite Wimbledon ban. The Conversation.

Duignan, M.B., and Mair, J. (2021). Tokyo’s Olympic legacy: Will hosting the Games have benefitted local communities? The Conversation.

Duignan, M.B., and Talbot, A. (2021). Tokyo Olympics: how hosting the Games disrupts local lives and livelihoodsThe Conversation.

Duignan, M.B. (2021). Tokyo Olympics: no spectators is bad for business, but hosting could still bring long-term benefitsThe Conversation.

Duignan, M.B. (2020). Walking methods in Olympic cities (3-part video series and research resource). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council, National Centre for Research Methods.

Martin, L., and Duignan, M.B. (2020). Fostering an Entrepreneurship Legacy for the Olympic Games. Report to the International Olympic Committee.

Duignan, M.B (2019). Examining and Tackling Over-Tourism – Challenges and Strategies: Cambridge, UK. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Duignan, M.B (2018). Enforcement Balance at Sporting EventsJournal of Trading Standards (UK Government publication).

Walsh, L., and Duignan, M.B (2017). Regulatory Informality and the Power of Discretion at Mega-Sporting Events. Journal of Trading Standards (UK Government publication).

Duignan, M.B., and Ivanescu, Y (2017). Rio’s Olympic Legacy: How Has the City Fared? The Conversation, UK.

Duignan, M.B. (2016). Why Rio 2016 May Not Bring the Tourism Brazil HopesThe Conversation.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D (2016). How Rio 2016 Satisfied the Sponsors While Leaving Room for the PeopleThe Conversation, UK.

Duignan, M.B (2016). Glastonbury’s Festival Economics Signals Hope for Entrepreneurial SpiritThe Conversation, UK.