1st Edition

Events and Sustainability Can Events Make Places More Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable?

Edited By Andrew Smith, Judith Mair Copyright 2023

    This book examines the links between events and sustainability, with a particular focus on how festivals and events contribute to making places more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

    Previous sustainability research in events often focused on reducing the negative environmental impacts, with a corresponding lack of consideration of socio-economic dimensions. More recently, research has begun to consider events in relation to a range of economic and social issues, highlighting the growing importance of examining events through a critical lens. This book adopts a critical and broader approach to event sustainability, arguing that scholars should examine how events might contribute to sustainable development, rather than merely exploring how individual events could be made more sustainable. Accordingly, the contributors to this edited book address how events might change attitudes and behaviours by promoting sustainable lifestyles, communities and technologies. Following a detailed introduction, the book features 16 chapters written by scholars from across the world.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

    1. Events and sustainability: why making events more sustainable is not enough 

    Judith Mair and Andrew Smith 

    2. Community art festivals and sustainable rural revitalisation 

    Meng Qu and Joseph M. Cheer 

    3. The contribution of community events to social sustainability in local neighbourhoods 

    Nancy Stevenson 

    4. ‘You feel you’re not alone’: how multicultural festivals foster social sustainability through multiple psychological sense of community 

    Najmeh Hassanli, Trudie Walters and Janine Williamson 

    5. Linking engagement at cultural festivals to legacy impacts 

    Nicole Koenig-Lewis, Adrian Palmer and Yousra Asaad 

    6. The lasting social value of mega events: experiences from green point community in Cape Town, South Africa 

    Rutendo Roselyn Musikavanhu, Adele Ladkin and Debbie Sadd 

    7. An examination of the level of local authority sustainable planning for event management: a case study of Ireland 

    Kelly Maguire 

    8. Festivals, public space and cultural inclusion: public policy insights 

    Bernadette Quinn, Alba Colombo, Kristina Lindström, David McGillivray and Andrew Smith 

    9. Green governance: understanding the greening of a leading business event from the perspective of value chain governance 

    Dixi Zhong, Qiuju Luo and Wanxin Chen 

    10. The role of slow events for sustainable destination development: a conceptual and empirical review 

    Kim Werner, Kai-Michael Griese and Christina Bosse 

    11. Sustainable value creation in event ecosystems – a business models perspective 

    Chiara Orefice and Nana Nyarko 

    12. Green event directed pro-environmental behavior: an application of goal systems theory 

    IpKin Anthony Wong, Yim King Penny Wan, GuoQiong Ivanka Huang and Shanshan Qi 

    13. Effective management and governance of Slow Food’s Earth Markets as a driver of sustainable consumption and production 

    Burcin Hatipoglu and Kivanc Inelmen 

    14. Transformative change through events business: a feminist ethic of care analysis of building the purpose economy 

    Freya Higgins-Desbiolles and Manjit Monga 

    15. "Purposeful togetherness": Theorising gender and ageing through creative events 

    Emma H. Wood and Katherine Dashper 

    16. Contributions to social sustainability through the sensuous multiculturalism and everyday place-making of multi-ethnic festivals 

    Kelley A. McClinchey 

    17. Questioning the inclusivity of events: the queer perspective 

    Faith Ong, Clifford Lewis and Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta 


    Andrew Smith is Professor of Urban Experiences at the University of Westminster, where he leads the Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environment Research Community. He has written multiple publications on events, including two monographs: Events and Urban Regeneration (Routledge, 2012) and Events in the City (Routledge, 2016).

    Judith Mair is Associate Professor of Tourism in the University of Queensland Business School. Her work examines the social and environmental impacts of tourism and events on host destinations. She has published over 50 refereed journal articles and has written and/or edited five books.