Tourism Seminar: Dr Richard Shipway
Managing Crises and Disasters at International Sports Events: Exploring Future Research Collaborations
Crises, disasters and emergencies pose major threats to life at international sports events and venues where global attendances regularly exceed 100,000 people. The forthcoming XXI Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018, is just one such high profile example. Some of these threats may be random; others are planned, whilst some are classified as ‘natural’ and others as ‘man-made’. While the interdisciplinary study of crisis, disaster and emergency management has become increasingly sophisticated and whilst there is a growing body of knowledge within tourism studies, the identification of synergies, useful concepts and future research directions and agendas in relation to both sport and event related studies, to inform these areas, is still at an early stage of development. This research seminar will critically examine the interaction between sports events, venues, stadia and arenas in the context of crisis and disaster management. The seminar will explore eight key thematic areas of potential research collaboration, and conclude with the tentative identification of future multidisciplinary directions for managing crises and emergencies in both sport and event related studies.
Associate Professor at Bournemouth University, UK
Richard's research interests focus on sport tourism, Olympic studies, the impacts and legacies of international sport events, crisis and disaster management at sports events, volunteering at mega sports events, and sport ethnography. His work has explored a series of Olympic related research themes ranging from resident perception studies to Olympic tourism. Richard's other research interests are linked to the experiences of endurance athletes, most notably distance runners.
Richard has previously received major research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to develop research linked to sport tourism and sports events, and completed an international collaborative project funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) on their Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme evaluating the volunteering infrastructure legacy of the Sydney 2000 and London 2012 Games. In 2016 Richard was also the Principal Investigator (PI) on a £425,000 collaborative international football coaching project in China.
Richard is the Regional Editor (Europe) for the International Journal of Event and Festival Management (IJEFM), and is the Reviews and Commentaries Editor for the Journal of Sport and Tourism. Richard is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland, a top 50 world University, and since 2010 he has served on the ESRC's high profile Peer Review College (PRC), refereeing grant proposals within social sciences.