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Special Issue Call for Papers - Events and Festivals Research Methods and Trends

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Event and Festival Management


Guest Editors
Dr Judith Mair, Monash University
Dr Michelle Whitford, Southern Cross University


The events and festivals industry has been growing exponentially, and with that growth there comes increasing opportunities for new avenues of research, calling for new research methods and innovative ways to examine the growing phenomena of events and festivals. In addition, as the field of event and festival research grows and expands, there are new issues and trends to be noted and understood.

Therefore, the guest editors consider that there is significant opportunity for the exploration of the various research methods and trends that are emerging in events and festival studies, ranging across the full spectrum of the smaller, local, community based events and festivals to the more high profile major and mega events. It is with these thoughts in mind that the following special issue is instigated with the aim of contributing to, and developing, the discussion and academic literature on this important aspect of events and festival research.

Aim of the Special Issue
The focus of this special issue is the research methods and trends in events and festivals. The special issue will be concerned with the methods of researching and ways of understanding new aspects of events and festivals; innovations in event and research methods and new trends and issues of importance to event and festival studies.

Suitable topics for the special issue include, but are most certainly not limited to, the following sub-themes:

• Event and festival research methodology

• Innovative research methods for events and festivals research

• Qualitative and quantitative research methods for events and festivals

• Economic impact research methods for events and festivals, including cost-benefit analysis

• Societal impact research methods for events and festivals

• Environmental impact research methods for events and festivals

• Political impact research for events and festivals

• Risk/Disaster management research methods for events and festivals

• Policy and planning research methods for  events and festivals

• Others topics in research methods for events and festivals

Papers applying theories from other disciplines to further advance our understanding of research methods and trend in events and festiavls are also encouraged. Case studies are appropriate; however as with previous special issues of IJEFM, rather than simply discussing a single case, they need to highlight a broader contribution to knowledge or practice.

Key Dates

Call for Papers   Feb 2012
Expressions of Interest  June 2012  
Deadline for paper submission September 2012 
Feedback on paper   October 2012   
Final manuscript submission  December 2012  
Publication    March 2013


Submissions from both academics and practitioners are now invited for this special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. Those who wish to contribute to the special issue are encouraged to express their interest and submit full papers as per the timeframe indicated above. Full papers will be double-blind reviewed. Submissions to International Journal of Event and Festival Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

Early submissions are welcome. Further details on the Journal are available at

Please send initial expressions of interest to the Guest Editors:

Dr. Judith Mair                                                 Dr. Michelle Whitford

Department of Management                           School of Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

Monash University                                          Southern CrossUniversity

PO Box 1071                                                  Locked Bag 4 

Narre Warren                                                  Coolangatta

VIC 3805, AUSTRALIA                                    QLD 4225, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61 39904 7044                                       Tel: +617 5589 3054 

Email: [email protected]                    Email: [email protected]