Biography: Research and Teaching

Dr Mike Duignan is a Senior Lecturer in Management and formerly Programme Director of the MSc Sport Management and MSc International Events Management at Coventry Business School, Coventry University (UK).

Mike will be joining the University of Surrey, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a Reader in Events from 1 September, 2020.

He was previously a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the BSc Tourism Management and BSc Events Management at Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge, UK). Mike has held visiting positions at Pace University (New York, US), Berlin School of Economics and Law (Berlin, Germany), and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). Before starting his PhD in 2012, Mike was a project manager at UK Government funded organisation ‘Vitae’ responsible for managing the UK’s researcher development provision, including the popular ‘Researcher Development Framework’ and ‘GRADSchool’ programme.

Mike’s work is published in top journals in his field (e.g. Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research), regularly features in international media (TV, radio and in print, e.g. The Guardian, BBC, ABC), and funded by well-recognised organisations (e.g. European Union, International Olympic Committee). To date, Mike has published 15+ articles, generated £250k+ research income, managed 20+ small to large scale research projects, consulted 10+ events/festivals, regularly talks at public events (e.g. expos, social science festivals); contributed to numerous policy reports (e.g. United Nations World Tourism Organisation), and is part of network of academic policy advisors for the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge (UK).

He is an Associate Editor/on the Editorial Board for Annals of Tourism Research (Empirical Insights), Event Management journal, and Managing Sport and Leisure, and regularly peer reviews for 10+ journals including: Tourism Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management.

Mike has two Special Issues currently underway

Mike is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with 10+ years teaching in UK, USA, Germany, Japan at BA / BSc / MA / MBA / MSc / MPhil / PhD and doctoral level. His teaching philosophy is guided by the following principles: 1) commitment to the individual, ii) developing strong professional relationships with students, iii) mutual respect, informality and humour into the classroom, iv) where content is guided by both ‘research informed teaching’ and ‘authentic assessment’ by bringing in real-time and high quality research findings, policy makers and managers at the coal face into the learning journey.

Mike has managed and/or supported the delivery of over 80 events, conferences, and festivals across education, sporting and cultural sectors, managing events in an eclectic range of contexts – from internationally renowned venues like the British Library, public squares and parks, to university institutions across the UK. He enjoys bringing in experiences, anecdotes and past failures to add a dose of realism and enliven the classroom experience.

He is the proud recipient of a number of institutional teaching awards including finalist for “Outstanding Supervisor of the Year” and “Innovative Lecturer of the Year”, and winner of “Lecturer of the Year” and highest university honour “Special Recognition” award out of 2200+ university faculty.

Mike is a shareholder in Cambridge-based company “YoYo Let’s Go” aimed at gamifying visitor experiences, and with his partner Alexandra co-owner/co-director of ‘Tiptoe Travel’ ( – an adventure tour company aimed at solo women travellers across the UK.

Research foci

Mike’s research sits at the nexus of management and development studies.

Practically, his work looks at how:
1) Sports/cultural events and festivals impact the visitor economy at a local, regional and national level;
2) Stakeholders can maximise the economic and social contribution of events/festivals for sustainable and inclusive development;
3) Local communities can leverage event, festival and visitor economy related opportunity and negate challenges.

Most of Mike’s work focuses on large scale events like the Olympics, and the cities and urban communities that host including: i) Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020); ii) Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast 2018); iii) regional sporting and cultural events (like marathons, food, and light festivals e.g. Cambridge Half Marathon, EAT Cambridge, e-Luminate).

Conceptually, his work draws on i) management and organizational theory, ii) geography, anthropology, and urban studies, iii) regional development.

Published works

Duignan, M.B., Down, S., and O’Brien, D. (2020).Entrepreneurial Leveraging in Liminoidal Olympic Transit Zones. Annals of Tourism Research.

Duignan, M.B., Pappalepore, I., and Everett, S. (2019). The ‘Summer of Discontent’: Exclusion and Communal Resistance at the London 2012 Games. Tourism Management.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D. (2019). Disorganised host community touristic-event spaces: Revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Olympic Games. Leisure Studies.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D. (2019). Walking Methodologies, Digital Platforms and the Interrogation of Olympic Spaces: The ‘#RioZones-Approach’. Tourism Geographies.

Duignan, M.B., and Pappalepore, I. (2019). Visitor (Im)Mobility, Leisure Consumption and Mega-Event Impact: The Territorialisation of Greenwich and Small Business Exclusion at the London 2012 Olympics. Leisure Studies.

McGillivray, D., Duignan, M.B., and Mielke, E. (2019). Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city. Annals of Leisure Research.

Cade, N., Everett, S., and Duignan, M.B. (2019). Leveraging Digital and Physical Spaces to ‘De-Risk’ and Access Rio’s Favela Communities. Tourism Geographies.

Kirby, S., and Duignan, M.B. (2019). Searching for Sites of Liminality in “Giga” Events: Developing a Conceptual Framework. Routledge, book chapter.

Duignan, M.B. (2019). London’s Olympic-Urban Legacy: Small Business Displacement, ‘Clone Town’ Effect and the Production of ‘Urban Blandscapes’. Journal of Place Management and Development.

Kirby, S., Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D (2018). Mega-Sport Events, Micro and Small Business Leveraging: Introducing the “MSE-MSB Leverage Model”. Event Management.

Duignan, M.B., Kirby, S., O’Brien, D., and Everett, S. (2018). From ‘Clone Towns’ to ‘Slow Towns’: Examining Festival Legacies. Journal of Place Management and Development.

Duignan, M.B., Everett, S., Walsh, L., and Cade, N (2017). Leveraging Physical and Digital Liminoidal Spaces: The Case of #EATCambridge festival. Tourism Geographies.

Duignan, M.B., and Wilbert, C (2017). Embedding Slow Tourism and the ‘Slow Phases’ Framework: The Case of Cambridge, UK. In: Clancy, M. 2017. Eds. Slow Tourism, Food and Cities: Pace and the Search for the ‘Good Life’. London: Routledge.

Pappalepore, I., and Duignan, M.B (2016). The London 2012 Cultural Programme: A Consideration of Olympic Impacts and Legacies for Small Creative Organisations in East London. Tourism Management.

Duignan, M.B (2013). Events and Urban Regeneration: The Strategic Uses of Events to Revitalize Cities (Book Review). Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

Selected policy, industry and public engagement reports/articles

Mike has published a variety of policy and/or practitioner articles toward translating his academic research into the public domain to support wider research impact. Below is a selection of these as noted above:

Martin, L., and Duignan, M.B. (2020). Fostering an Entrepreneurship Legacy for the Olympic Games. Report to the International Olympic Committee.

Duignan, M.B (2019). United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO): ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond Perceptions: Cambridge Case Study: Strategies and Tactics to Tackle Overtourism. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Vol. 2, p. 34-39.

Duignan, M.B (2018). Enforcement Balance at Sporting Events. Journal of Trading Standards (UK Government publication).

Walsh, L., and Duignan, M.B (2017). Regulatory Informality and the Power of Discretion at Mega-Sporting Events. Journal of Trading Standards (UK Government publication).

Duignan, M.B., and Ivanescu, Y (2017). Rio’s Olympic Legacy: How Has the City Fared? The Conversation, UK.

Duignan, M.B (2016). Why Rio 2016 May Not Bring the Tourism Brazil Hopes. The Conversation, UK.

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D (2016). How Rio 2016 Satisfied the Sponsors While Leaving Room for the People. The Conversation, UK.

Duignan, M.B (2016). Glastonbury’s Festival Economics Signals Hope for Entrepreneurial Spirit. The Conversation, UK.

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