Centre for Events, Leisure, Society and Culture

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The Centre for Events, Leisure, Society and Culture (CELSC) spotlights the national and international intellectual profile and reputation of the critical study of events and leisure at Bournemouth University by providing a strategic and effective platform for researchers, and research collaborations and partnerships.

Events and leisure are embedded in the social, cultural, and economic fabric of most societies; they are often barometers of important societal metrics such as national ‘happiness’, wellbeing, prosperity, economic stability and growth. Components of events and leisure also play a vital role in broader political issues such as processes of democracy, environmental sustainability, migration and civil society.

CELSC at BU is a dynamic domain for the substantive research-related activities of a team of enthusiastic staff within, and associated with, the Department of Events and Leisure. Staff are managing editors and editorial board members for key academic journals in the field: Leisure Studies; Event Management; International Journal of Event and Festival; International Journal of Event Management Research; Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education; Journal of Transport Geography; Journal of Sustainable Tourism and e-Review of Tourism Research.

The centre offers an active hub for the on-going growth and development of high quality research praxis, which underpins a breadth and depth of critical analyses of events and leisure.

CELSC fosters a research culture of continual knowledge exchange by attending to emerging research priorities. Through discernible research themes, events and leisure academics provide leadership and expertise that impact activities with local, regional, national and international partners.

CELSC research themes

Digital and mobile events and leisure cultures

This theme speaks to societal agendas related to: the digital economy and the transformational impact of digital technologies on community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy.

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It includes work that covers, but is not limited to, the following: digital healthy/unhealthy communities; young people and social media; e tourism; new media; travel apps; virtual communities; connecting to live events and festivals; mediated everyday events and leisure experiences; the ‘lost’ mundane/slow; emotions and affect; digital transformation and future society and culture.

Creative industries, communities, social transformation and sustainability

The creative industries have a transformational impact on community life, changing cultural experiences, future society and the economy.

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The theme embraces work that covers: sharing economy; building community resilience; participatory approaches, audience engagement, user experience and co-design; active consumers; human capital and resistance; social and cultural innovation; value exchange; ageing leisure experiences and wellbeing; spirituality, lifestyle, identity and diversity; spatiality, rurality, and the natural world.

Reflexive management and critical evaluation of events and leisure

This theme reflects the purposeful nature of events and leisure from which governmental agencies seek to derive many benefits whilst managing negative externalities.

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The theme embraces work that covers: sustainable mobility; climate change mitigation and adaptation; frameworks and strategies for managing impacts of events; event design, legacy and exchange; project management and evaluation; education, innovation and entrepreneurship; and reflexive methodologies.

Fusion and co-creation

The Fusion of research, pedagogy and professional practice lie at the heart of BU, and CELSC aligns closely with undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways. These pathways have shown strong recruitment reflecting a professionalisation of the industries surrounding events and leisure. With this as the context, co-creation is a significant feature of our existing work and we provide opportunities for collaborative projects to investigate real world problems and inform contemporary industry strategy.

Indicative student-staff co-creation outputs (2017 – 2019):

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DaSilva, G., Hecquet, J. and King, K., 2019. Exploring veganism through serious leisure and liquid modernity. Annals of Leisure Research. DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2018.1561308

Littlejohns, R., Gouthro, M.B. and Dickinson, J., 2019. Runners’ Engagement and Social Support Practices: Exploring the Uses and Role of Online Activities. Sport in Society. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1571486

Rihova, I., Buhalis, D., Gouthro, M.B. & Moital, M. (2018). Customer-to-customer co-creation practices in tourism: Lessons from Customer-Dominant logic. Tourism Management, 67, 362-375.

Moital, M. Bain, A. & Thomas, H., (2018). Summary of cognitive, affective and behavioural outcomes of consuming prestigious sports events. Sport Management Review

Carter, H. & Moital, M., (2018). A Taxonomy of Event Participants Based on Risk and Security Perceptions, Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Insights

Jones, K. & Moital, M. (2018). Techniques employed to create event prestige value for VIPs: The V.I.P. Framework, European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality & Recreation, 8 (2)

Schliephack, J. & Dickinson, J.E. (2017). Tourists’ representations of coastal managed realignment as a climate change adaptation strategy. Tourism Management, 59, 182-192.





Indicative academic outputs 2017-2019:

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Caudwell, J., Choe, J., Dickinson, J., Lavrushkina, N., and Littlejohns, R. (2019) ‘Multicultural lunches’: Sharing food in post-Brexit south coast of England. Annals of Leisure Research DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1568892

Caudwell, J. & McGee, D. (2018) From Promotion to Protection: Human Rights and Events, Leisure and Sport. Leisure Studies, 37(1): 1- 10.

Caudwell, J. (2017) Configuring Human Rights at EuroPride 2015. Leisure Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2017.1383505

Choe, J.,Qian, X.,  O’Regan, M. & Yap. M. (2018). Macau wine festivalscape: Attendees’ satisfaction and behaviouralintentions. Hospitality & Society, 8(3): 273-295. DOI: 10.1386/hosp.8.3.273_7

Choe, J., & Livecchi, C., (2018). Gender and Mobility in Tourism. Tourism Review.

DaSilva, G., Hecquet, J. and King, K., 2019. Exploring veganism through serious leisure and liquid modernity. Annals of Leisure Research. DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2018.1561308

Dickinson, J.E., Filimonau, V.,Cherrett, T., Davies, N., Hibbert, F.,Norgate, S., Speed, C. (2017) Lift-share using mobile apps in tourism: the role of trust, sense of community and existing lift-share practices. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2017.11.004

Dickinson, J.E., Filimonau, V., Hibbert, J.F., Cherrett, T., Davies, N., Norgate, S., Speed, C. & Winstanley, C., (2017). Tourism communities and social ties: the role of online and offline tourist social networks in building social capital and sustainable practice. Journal of Sustainable Tourism,25 (2), 163-180.

Ferdinand, N. & Williams, N.L., (2018). The making of the London Notting Hill Carnival festivalscape: Politics and power and the Notting Hill Carnival. Tourism Management Perspectives, 27, 33-46.

Williams, N., Inversini, A., Ferninand, N., & Buhalisd, D., (2017) Destination eWOM: A macro and meso network approach? Annals of Tourism Research64: 87–101.

Zamani-Farahani, H. & Fox, D., (2018). The contribution of rose and rosewater tourism and festival to the destination image. Event Management, 22 (4), 541-554.

Fox, D. & Xu, F., (2017). Evolutionary and socio-cultural influences on feelings and attitudes towards nature: a cross-cultural study. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 22 (2): 187-199.

Jackson, C., Vaughan, D.R. & Brown, L., (2018). Discovering lived experiences through descriptive phenomenology. International Journal of Contemporary HospitalityManagement, 30(8):

Jackson, C., Morgan, J. & Laws, C., (2018) Creativity in events: The untold story. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 9 (1): 2-19.

King, K. and Church, A., 2019. Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces. Annals of Leisure Research.DOI:10.1080/11745398.2019.1571928

King, K., Shipway, R., Lee, I.S. & Brown, G., (2018). Proximate tourists and major sport events in everyday leisure. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment, 1-18.

King, K. & Church A. (2017) Lifestyle sports delivery and sustainability: clubs, communities and user-managers. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.9. doi; 10.1080/19406940.2017.1289236.

Littlejohns, R., Gouthro, M.B. and Dickinson, J., 2019. Runners’ Engagement and Social Support Practices: Exploring the Uses and Role of Online Activities. Sport in Society. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1571486

O’Regan, M., Choe, J. and Di Giovine, M., 2019. Reframing and Reconceptualising Gambling tourism in Macau as a Chinese Pilgrimage. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment. doi: 10.1080/14616688.2018.1545248

O’Regan, M. (2018) The Hitchhiker as BricoleurAnthropologist. SuomenAntropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 42(3): 58-60.

O’Regan, M. (2017). Doing Things Differently: Opening Cracks in the Tourism System, Tvergastein. Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, 9, 24-33.

Sadd, D., & Musikavanhu, R., (2018). A comparison of event impacts: Zimbabwe and the UK. Event Management, 22 (2), 199-212.

Sadd, D., Fyall, A. & Wardrop, K., (2017). Evaluative event frameworks: A learning destination perspective. International Journal of Tourism Research, 19 (3), 339-348.

Vizcaino-Suárez, L.P. & Díaz-Carrión, I.A., (2018). Gender in tourism research: perspectives from Latin America. Tourism Review.

Vizcaino-Suárez, L.P., Serrano-Barquín, R., Cruz-Jiménez, G. & Pastor-Alfonso, M.J. (2017) Tourism, pottery and women’s work in the Magical Town of Metepec, Mexico, PASOS: Revistade Turismoy PatrimonioCultural, 15(2): 391-407.


Recent conference papers:

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Caudwell, J., Mansfield, L., Watson, B., and Wheaton, B. (2018) Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education: Making Changes. Paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. July 10th-12th, University of Bath, UK.

Choe, J,  Dickinson, J. & Caudwell, J. (2018) ‘Multicultural lunches: leisure, food, migrants and refugees in the south of England’ Paper presented at Royal Geographical Society International Conference, 28 Aug, Cardiff University, UK​

Fox, D. & Hecquet, J. (2018) Mapping the recreationalvehicle market in the UK. Paper presented at Leisure Beyond Constraints, The World Leisure Congress August 28-31, São Paulo, Brazil

Gouthor, M.B. (2018) Perspectives into methodological influences on policy formation: a literature review. Opportunities or opposition for leisure/events amidst neoliberal ideals? Paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. July 10th-12th, University of Bath, UK.

Jeffrey, H.L. & VizcainoSuárez, L.P., (2018) Femicide: It’s the Feminists’ fault. Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference. 28-31 August. Cardiff University, UK

Jackson, C., Laws, C. and Morgan, J., (2018) The policy and practice of events management: the case for aligning events work with the creative industries. Events Education & Research: Coming of Age, AEME2018, 4-5 July, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Robinson, T. (2018) Intra-household resource allocation for leisure travel: socio-economic and gender inequalities. Paper presented at Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. 10-18 July. Bath University, UK







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