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Personal profile


I am an experienced academic having worked in the area of events management education for over 15 years. I have led programmes at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level and have been a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Events Management Education since 2009. My research focuses on the area of events and festivals and I am currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate examining University Industry Collaborations within events management education.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research interests lie in the area of festivals and events where I have a particular interest in the experiential aspects of events, community impacts of events and safety/security for events. I also have a strong interest in the relationship between the events industry and Higher Education, hence the focus of my Professional Doctorate, which seeks to examine how universities and industry can collaborate to enhance the student experience and increase graduate employability.


Current research activities

in addition to my Professional Doctorate I am currently working on a follow up to my research on the impact of terrorism at major events. This article will examine the impact of terrorism on community events.

Current teaching activities and interests

I teach across a variery of areas including creativity and experience design, event operations and delivery, risk management and global issues in international events management. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Desired research direction

On completion of my current work I would like to further develop my knowledge as to how industry and academia can work together and further examine the experiential aspects of events as consumer products.

Target collaborative companies

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

Events Management

Experiential Marketing

Creative and Cultural Industries

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

In addition to my research activities I have experience of designing and delivering CPD courses in the areas of event operations and delivery, event marketing and experience design.

External positions

External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University

2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Huddersfield


External Examiner, University of Plymouth


Executive Board, Association for Events Management Education

2009 → …

External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton


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Research Output

Plan for the worst, hope for the best? Exploring major events related terrorism and future challenges for UK event professionals

Baxter, D., Flinn, J. & Picco, L. F., 3 Dec 2018, In : International Journal of Tourism Cities. 4, 4, p. 513-526 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Exit Festival: contesting political pasts, impacts on youth culture and regenerating the image of Serbia and Novi Sad

    Flinn, J., Wise, N. & Mulec, I., 31 Dec 2014, Ideological, Social and Cultural Aspects of Events. Moufakkir, O. & Pernecky, T. (eds.). Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, p. 60-73 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 'Wha's like us?': Scottish Highland Games in America and the identity of the Scots' diaspora

    Flinn, J. & Turner, D., 2014, Exploring Community Festivals and Events. Jepson, A. & Clarke, A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 95-105 (Routledge Advances in Event Research Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Glastonbury: managing the mystification of festivity

    Flinn, J. & Frew, M., 14 Jan 2013, In : Leisure Studies. 33, 4, p. 418-433 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    18 Citations (Scopus)

    Culture matters? The role of art and culture in the development of social capital

    Flinn, J. & McPherson, G., 2008, Sport, Leisure, Culture and Social Capital: Discourse and Practice. Collins, M., Holmes, K. & Slater, A. (eds.). Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, p. 119-138 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter