Royal Geographic Society talk (RGS-IBG, Annual Conference 2018 – August 28th): “Leveraging Physical and Digital Liminoidal Spaces: the Case of #EATCambridge festival”

At the end of August, at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) 2018 Conference, I presented on a recent Tourism Geographies paper entitled: “Leveraging Physical and Digital Liminoidal Spaces: the Case of #EATCambridge festival”.

Click for published version:

Talk title


This paper conceptualises the way physical and digital spaces associated with festivals are being harnessed to create new spaces of consumption. It focuses on the ways local food businesses leverage opportunities in the tourist-historic city of Cambridge. Data
from a survey of 28 food producers (in 2014) followed by 35 indepth interviews at the EAT Cambridge food festival (in 2015) are used to explain how local producers overcome the challenges of physical peripherality and why they use social media to help support them challenges restrictive political and economic structures. We present a new conceptual framework which suggests the development of place through food festivals in heritage cities can be understood by pulling together the concepts of ‘event leveraging’, ‘liminoid spaces’ (physical and digital) and modes of ‘creative resistance’ which helps the survival of small producers against inner city gentrification and economically enforced

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s