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Event Management, Tourism, Sport


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Area of academic expertise - outline

My research examines events and tourism from a range of socio-cultural perspectives. In particular, I examine the relationship between the sphere of public policy and the worlds of sport, events and tourism.


Current research activities

My current research is centred around the production of two books:

Event Bidding (due 2017) w/ Prof David McGillivray:

This text examines the bidding processes surrounding major peripatetic events (Olympics, World Cup, City of Culture) examining the historical development of such bids, successful campaign strategies used by bid candidates and a range of critical issues relating to the bidding process.


Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy (due 2017) w/ Dr Sandro Carnicelli

This text examines the interplay between the emerging lifestyle sports terrain and public policy. This edited edition draws together researchers from across the world and provides case studies of sports including skateboarding, parkour, surfing, rodeo riding and snow sports in contexts ranging from the UK to Scandanavia to North America, Europe and Fiji.

Desired research direction

Following completion of my current research I intend to undertake projects examining the relationship between mega-events and civil liberties and further examine the use of socio-cultural theory to better understand contemporary events management.

Target collaborative companies

I would be interested in engaging with organisations within the fields of:

Events Management

Tourism Management

Sports Management

Target collaborative organisations

I would be interested in engaging with trade organisations such as the National Outdoor Events Association, Scottish Events and Festivals Association.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

In addition to my research activities I have engaged with CPD and training work in fields such as sponsorship and fundraising, tourism development and experiential management.

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University


Executive Member, Association for Events Management Education

2015 → …

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire


External Examiner, University of Greenwich


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Research Output

Event bidding: a research agenda for major and mega sport events

McGillivray, D., Turner, D. & Lauermann, J., Oct 2019, A Research Agenda for Event Management. Armbrecht, J., Lundberg, E. & Andersson, T. D. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, (Elgar Research Agendas).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Event bidding and new media activism

    Turner, D., McGillivray, D. & Lauermann, J., 6 Dec 2019, In : Leisure Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance

    McGillivray, D. & Turner, D., 1 Aug 2017, London: Routledge. 144 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy

    Turner, D. (ed.) & Carnicelli, S. (ed.), 26 Apr 2017, Routledge. 204 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Performing citizenship: skateboarding and the formalisation of informal spaces

    Turner, D., 26 Apr 2017, Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy. Turner, D. & Carnicelli, S. (eds.). p. 13-26 13 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 1 Consultancy

    AgriScot 2016 Visitor Satisfaction Survey

    Daniel Turner (Consultant), Thomas Garrett (Consultant) & Stephen Edenborough (Consultant)

    Dec 2016

    Activity: Consultancy