Department of Events

The Department of Events engages in research that examines the impact of the events industry and provides teaching led by world-leading academics.

Study with us

We offer a range of courses designed to develop specialised skills and knowledge in the thriving events sector.

Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events

The Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events (HaRM) is the UK’s official ‘Olympic Studies Centre’ endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) providing cutting edge research and analytical insights around the social, economic and environmental impacts of the events industry.

Our staff

Academic staff

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Dr Michael Duignan

Head of Department and Reader in Events

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Dr Yanning Li

Lecturer in Events Management

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Dr Thomas Lunt

Senior Teaching Fellow (Events Management)

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Professor Nigel Morgan

Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Christy Hehir

Programme Leader and Lecturer in Events / PhD Researcher (Environmental Psychology & Travel)

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Dr Jonathan Skinner

Reader in the Anthropology of Events

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Dr Emma Delaney

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Elizabeth Ashcroft

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer

Postgraduate research students

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Abdullah Alnabati

Postgraduate Research Student

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Rachel Chang

Postgraduate research student

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Wanwisa Khampanya

Postgraduate Research Student

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Youngsoo Kim

PhD researcher

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Darina Svobodova

PhD Researcher

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Katy Tse

Postgraduate Research Student

Visiting professors

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Professor Paul Pike

Visiting professor

Visiting fellows

Our fellows are internationally leading event industry experts, ensuring that our learning, teaching and research is informed by real practical insights and live experiences to bring the programme to life. Our students and academics love interacting with those at the cutting edge of the events industry, and this is a key reason why we are ranked 1st in the UK, 1st in Europe and 3rd globally in our field  (Shanghai Global Ranking, 2021). 

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Melvin Benn

Managing Director, Festival Republic

Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant

Head of Tournament Delivery, The Football Association

Paul Bush

Paul Bush

Director of Events, VisitScotland

Shona McCarthy

Shona McCarthy

CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Adam Moffat

Director of OSB Events, CSM Sports & Entertainment

Lucinda Spokes

Lucinda Spokes

Head of Public Engagement, University of Cambridge

Rick Stainton

Rick Stainton

Founder and Group Executive Director, Smyle

Sarah Louise de Carvalho

Sarah Louise de Carvalho MBE

CEO, It's a Penalty

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