Event Studies

Focus and Themes

The SIG provides a forum for event researchers and educators to contribute to the development of collaborative partnerships through effective cooperation, communication and knowledge sharing through:

  • Networking – promote the development of a collegial network which provides opportunities for academics, students, government and industry in particular, to more readily create collaborative partnerships through effective cooperation, communication and knowledge sharing
  • Scholarship – advance the teaching research nexus by fostering a spirit of critical, engaged academic debate and scholarly research with the aim of specifically focusing on advancing theoretically informed event studies discourse across a diverse range of areas and issues
  • Dissemination – facilitate extensive knowledge production, transference and dissemination of theoretically informed event studies research through effective and accessible communication vehicles, to a diverse audience including academics, government and industry
  • Application – generate more targeted research that contributes to informed, rigorous, timely and evidence based practices in both event education and industry

Key Outcomes for Members

  • Foster diverse, critical academic debate to contribute to the development of a strong, theoretically underpinned and informed body of knowledge
  • Reinforce the relevance and significance of theoretically informed event studies research through the effective dissemination of knowledge to a diverse audience
  • Facilitate and build evidence based teaching and research to support the practical development, implementation and evaluation of events


  • Following the publication of the special issue ‘Critical Event Studies: Issues and Perspectives’ in Event Management, the SIG meeting at CAUTHE2019 will discuss the issues and tensions in bringing criticality to the events field. Two of the issue editors (A/Prof Martin Robertson and Prof Jane Ali-Knight) will provide an overview of the topic and various contributors to the issue will discuss their latest research and how it applies a critical lens. Open discussion is welcomed following this.
  • SIG coordinators are assisting as track chairs for the Events track of the CAUTHE 2019 Conference.

Past Activities


  • Strategic Research and Education Priorities for Events Studies: Are we at the Cross Roads? conversation at CAUTHE 2018 conference.




  • New SIG coordinators Leonie Lockstone-Binney (William Angus Institute) and Martin Robertson (Bournemouth University, UK) took over the role and thanked Judith Mair and Michelle Whitford for the outstanding work they undertook to establish and co-ordinate the SIG.
  • Discussions took place with some of the other CAUTHE SIGs to facilitate a collaborative project.


  • Joint workshop with ANZALS and SMAANZ on 10 February immediately prior to the CAUTHE conference to discuss possible collaboration with kindred associations for an edited book or a special issue of a journal.


  • Published first special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management on ‘Event and Festival Research Methods and Trends’. Edited by Dr Judith Mair and Dr Michelle Whitford and featuring papers by Event Studies SIG members (and others), two articles were the most downloaded papers of 2013 for the journal.
  • Discussed plans for the year and a possible book proposal at CAUTHE 2013 SIG meeting.


  • A high level of interest was shown with many abstracts received for a special edition of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management on ‘Event and Festivals Research Methods and Trends’, edited by Michelle Whitford and Judith Mair.


  • The activities, priorities and initiatives of the SIG were determined at the inaugural meeting at CAUTHE 2011.

SIG Coordinators

  • Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney

    Tourism, Sport & Hotel Management

    Griffith University

  • Associate Professor Martin Robertson

    Edinburgh Napier University