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  • 5 h-Index

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Dr Mike Duignan is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Programme Director of the MSc Sport Management and MSc International Events Management at Coventry Business School and a Research Associate at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University (UK). He was previously a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the BSc Tourism Management and BSc Events Management at Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge, UK) and has held Visiting scholar/lectureships at Pace University (New York, US), Berlin School of Economics and Law (Berlin, Germany) and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). 

Mike's research looks at event and festival led place and tourism management, marketing and sustainable development (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 11, 12 and 18). His case study work spans a range of cultural and sporting events, from the mega-events like the Olympics (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020), major and hallmark events like the Cambridge Half Marathon, EAT Cambridge Food and Drink Festival and e-Luminate Light Festival. Mike has published over fifteen research papers in leading, international journals like Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management and presented his work at conferences across the US, Australia, UK and Europe. Full details on Mike's research, projects and publications can be found across this profile and via his website:

Mindful of real-world impact, Mike frequently works closely work policy makers, industry, event and festivals practitioners and leaders to generate insights, underpin his research and apply results. He has worked with well-renowned organisations like the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UK Government Trading Standards, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) through to inspiring local leaders at a regional level. Sponsored by VisitEngland, Mike recently won the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) award for ‘Leadership in the Visitor Economy’ for his work and contribution to the field of ‘slow tourism’. He regularly speaks to international, national and regional media, including The Guardian, ABC News (Australia), BBC, ITV and LBC (UK) and the Times of India (India) and is frequently invited to speak at various prestigious conference like the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), University of Cambridge ‘Festival of Ideas’ through to International Events Expos.

Before commencing his Ph.D in 2012, Mike led the Research Council’s UK (RCUK) funded national portfolio of Vitae’s Researcher Development training: programmes, workshops, conferences, events and resources. He had the privilege to work with, learn from and mentor hundreds of Ph.D, early career and senior researchers across the UK and Europe. He holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with a strong track record of publishing in leading international journals; managing complex industry and research projects and grants; learning and teaching excellence.

Education/Academic qualification

Management, Doctorate, Anglia Ruskin University

Master of Arts International Business, MA, Anglia Ruskin University


Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA, Hanze University of Applied Sciences


Management, Degree, Anglia Ruskin University


External positions

Owner, Director (, Tiptoe Travel

1 Mar 2018 → …

Visiting Lectureship, Pace University

Feb 2018May 2018

External Examiner, University of Greenwich

1 Sep 2017 → …

Visiting Lectureship, Berlin School of Economics and Law


Shareholder, Consultant (, YoYo Let's Go

Consultant (, e-Luminate Studio


  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Sport, Tourism and Event Management
  • Event Impact
  • Event Tourism
  • G Geography (General)
  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Development
  • Spatial Theory
  • Destination Development
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Stakeholder Theory

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Research Output

  • 66 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 14 Abstract
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

Entrepreneurial Leveraging in Liminoidal Olympic Transit Zones

Duignan, M., Down, S. & O'Brien, D., Jan 2020, In : Annals of Tourism Research. 80, 19 p., 102774.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Disorganised host community touristic-event spaces: Revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Olympic Games

    Duignan, M. & McGillivray, D., 2019, In : Leisure Studies. 38, 5, p. 692-711 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Leveraging digital and physical spaces to ‘de-risk’ and access Rio's favela communities

    Cade, N., Everett, S. & Duignan, M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Tourism Geographies. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city

    McGillivray, D., Duignan, M. & Mielke, E., 21 Apr 2019, In : Annals of Leisure Research. (In-press), p. (In-press)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    The 'Summer of Discontent': Exclusion and Communal Resistance at the London 2012 Olympics

    Duignan, M., Pappalepore, I. & Everett, S., Feb 2019, In : Tourism Management. 70, p. 355-367 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    • 15 Consultancy
    • 6 Invited talk
    • 1 Examination
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution