The (in)visibility of equality, diversity, and inclusion research in events management journals

Julia Calver, Katherine Dashper*, Rebecca Finkel, Thomas Fletcher, Ian R. Lamond, Ellie May, Neil Ormerod, Louise Platt, Briony Sharp

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The field of events management has been critiqued for being overly focused on operational and managerial concerns to the detriment of critical analysis of power and representation, of which equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is an important aspect. This paper reports on an audit of the four leading events management journals over the period 2011–2021 to assess the current state of play in relation to engagement with EDI issues and consider whether this critique remains justified. After screening, 49 articles were included. Findings reveal that EDI remains a marginal issue in events management journals, often confined to special issues, with no evidence of increasing engagement over the review period. EDI needs to become more integrated in the core body of knowledge of events management to ensure that events research is socially useful to students, other researchers and practitioners, contributing to the development and reputation of the field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2228820
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Early online date4 Jul 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2023


  • disability
  • EDI
  • events management/studies
  • LGBT+
  • gender
  • 'race'


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