4th Edition

Event Studies Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events

By Donald Getz, Stephen J. Page Copyright 2020
    576 Pages 66 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    576 Pages 66 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Event Studies is the only book devoted to developing knowledge and theory about planned events. It focuses on event planning and management, outcomes, the experience of events and the meanings attached to them, the dynamic processes shaping events and why people attend them.

    This title draws from a large number of foundation disciplines and closely related professional fields to foster interdisciplinary theory focused on planned events. This revised edition has been updated to reflect and examine a number of substantial and important new ideas.

    New to the fourth edition:

    • new sections on the evolution of design theory, management, planning and marketing theory applied to events, sensory stimulation, leadership, and the nature of crises and security issues;

    • new content on critical event studies and what this means for research and practice, the life-cycle model for event programming, and an action plan for how events can be a positive force in sustainable cities;
    • new and additional case studies from a wide range of international events, and reviews of the evolving theory of contemporary research in events studies are included throughout.

    This will be an invaluable resource for all undergraduate students of events studies throughout their degree programmes.

    Part 1 Introductory concepts in event studies

    1. Introduction and overview of event studies

    What is event studies?

    A framework for understanding and creating knowledge about planned events

    How the literature has evolved

    Major subdivisions (discourses) within event studies

    Forces, trends and issues

    2. The world of planned events

    Describing and classifying events

    Planned versus unplanned events

    Description and examples of the major event forms

    Part 2 Foundation disciplines and closely related fields

    3. The contribution of anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies and psychology to event studies





    Religious studies


    4. The contribution of economics, management, political science, law, history, human geography and future studies to event studies



    Political science



    Human geography

    Future studies

    5. The contribution of closely related professional fields to event studies


    Leisure studies

    Tourism studies

    Hospitality studies

    Education and interpretation

    Communications, media and performance studies

    Arts and cultural management

    Cultural studies

    Sport management and sport studies

    Venue, club and assembly management

    Theatre studies

    Health studies

    Urban and community studies

    Rural studies

    Aboriginal, ethnic and multicultural studies

    Visitor studies

    Part 3 Framework for understanding and creating knowledge

    6. The event experience and meanings

    Defining ‘experience’

    A model of the planned event experience

    Generic and specific types of planned event experiences

    Meanings attached to planned event experiences

    7. Event design

    What is design?

    Creativity and innovation

    Designing event settings

    Theming, programming and service design

    Evidence and research-based design

    8. Antecedents and decision-making

    What are antecedents?

    Barriers and constraints


    9. Event management, planning and marketing



    Inter-organizational behaviour and stakeholder management

    Planning and decision-making

    Operations and logistics

    Marketing and communications

    Resources and financial management

    Human resource management

    10. Outcomes: evaluation and impact assessment


    Key terms and concepts

    The forces-pressure-state-impact-response model (FPSIR)

    Logic and theory of change models

    Social outcomes

    Cultural outcomes

    Built-environment outcomes

    Nature and ecological processes

    Economic impacts

    Comprehensive benefit and cost evaluation

    11. Events and public policy

    Public policy and events

    Justifying public-sector involvement

    Economic policy and events

    Cultural policy and events

    Social policy and events

    Environmental policy and events

    Public policy-making

    Part 4 Conclusion

    12. Science, knowledge and theory for event studies

    Philosophy and knowledge

    Research methodologies

    Research, knowledge creation and theory development for event studies

    An agenda for research and theory development

    Future perspectives


    Donald Getz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. He works as a management consultant and also holds guest positions at several universities. In addition to event studies, his areas of expertise include wine and food tourism, evaluation and impact assessment, consumer research and special-interest travel. Professor Getz co-founded and was Editor-in-Chief of Event Management: An International Journal.

    Stephen J. Page is Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Business and Management at Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of West London and is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Plymouth. He has worked as a tourism consultant with different organizations, including the United Nations World Tourism Organization, OECD, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Harrah’s Casinos and Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand, among many other clients. He is the author and editor of 43 books on tourism, leisure and events and is Editor of the leading tourism journal, Tourism Management.

    ‘The authors of this book have been part of, and also made significant contributions to, the development of event studies since its early beginnings. This publication therefore presents a uniquely insightful overview of event studies up to date. This book ought to be a "must" for libraries of researchers and students of event studies.’

    Tommy D. Andersson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    ‘Both students and practitioners interested in event studies will be delighted to see a new edition of this popular text in which core concepts are supported by well-integrated international case studies illuminating the practical realities of running events. Updated with fresh case studies, and material on contemporary issues such as the greening of events and virtual events, the book is a comprehensive analysis of knowledge and theory about planned events.’

    Simon Hudson, University of South Carolina, USA