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Special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management

Guest Editors

Dr. Richard Shipway, School of Tourism, Bournemouth University, UK
Dr. Naomi Kirkup, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK

About the International Journal of Event and Festival Management

Launched in 2010, this double-blind peer-reviewed journal seeks to advance knowledge in the field of events and to enhance the uptake of such knowledge by practitioners in the field. Whilst publishing theoretical and practical articles, articles will include a section on how the findings can be adopted by practitioners in the field. The journal will cover events in its broadest sense ranging from small festivals to mega events such as the Olympics and include business events (MICE) as well as special events. As the field of events is not a discipline in its own right, articles will be sourced from all disciplines and it is therefore adopting a multi-disciplinary approach.

Special Issue Context

In the context of sports events, impacts and legacies encompass a variety of positive benefits and negative impacts which might accrue as a result of a sporting event taking place. These impacts and legacies may be apparent before the event takes place, during the event or after the event has occurred. They may also be felt by a variety of stakeholders including participants, local businesses, the host community and the host destination. A sports event will affect people in different ways, thus, there may be inequity in the distribution of impacts and legacies.

Therefore, the guest editors consider that there is significant opportunity for the exploration of the various impacts and legacies associated with sports events, ranging across the full spectrum of the smaller, local, community based events to the more high profile mega sport events such as the Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup. 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 sector of the events market.

Aim of the Special Issue

The theme identified is the impacts and legacies associated with sports events. Suitable topics for the special issue include, but are most certainly not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Examining the economic impacts of sports events
  • Physical infrastructure legacies
  • Exploring the cultural and social impacts of sports events
  • Community legacies of sports related events
  • Human impacts, including education, youth, inclusion, and sports participation issues associated with sports events (especially amongst young people)
  • The role and impacts of the media at sports events
  • Sport volunteering and skills legacies (including knowledge transfer initiatives which promote or develop volunteering and skills at sports events)
  • Leveraging the benefits of sports events
  • Sport tourism destination impacts and image enhancement legacies
  • Safety and security issues at sports events
  • Examining sport event evaluation methods
  • Urban renewal
  • Political impacts and international relations at sporting events
  • Sustainability and green Issues associated with sports events (examining how sports events are incorporating green issues or responding to the sustainability agenda).

Given that sports events research draws on a diverse range of disciplines, papers applying theories from other disciplines to further advance our understanding of sports events are especially 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

Expressions of Interest - July 2011
Deadline for paper submission - November 2011
Feedback on paper - March 2012
Final manuscript submission - May 2012
Publication - October 2012


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

Completed papers should be submitted via Manuscript Central strictly following the journal’s author guidelines, as indicated on the journal webpage:

Please send expressions of interest to the special issue guest editors.

Guest Editors

Dr. Richard Shipway    
School of Tourism    
Bournemouth University   
Poole, Dorset     
BH12 5BB     NE1 8ST
Tel: +44 1202 965692    
Email:  [email protected] 

Dr. Naomi Kirkup
Newcastle Business School
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 191 227 3260
Email: [email protected]