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4th Edition

Event Studies
Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events

ISBN 9780367085636
Published November 18, 2019 by Routledge
576 Pages 66 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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