Experiencing event management during the coronavirus pandemic: a public sector perspective

Coles, Tim, Garcia, Giselle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2715-876X, O'Malley, Evelyn and Turner, Cathy (2022) Experiencing event management during the coronavirus pandemic: a public sector perspective. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3.

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Abstract

Events have played a significant role in the way in which the Coronavirus pandemic has been experienced and known around the world. Little is known though about how the pandemic has impacted on supporting, managing and governing events in municipal (i.e., local) authorities as key stakeholders, nor how events have featured in the opening-up of localities. This paper reports on empirical research with senior events officers for local authorities in the UK on these key knowledge gaps. Specifically, it examines events officers' unfolding experiences of the pandemic. The paper points to unpreparedness for a crisis of this scale and magnitude, and the roles of innovation, adaptation and co-production in the emergent response. It highlights the transformative nature of the pandemic through reconsiderations of the purpose of public sector involvement in events and, from a policy perspective, how relatively smaller-scale, more agile and lower-risk arts events and performances can figure in local recovery. Finally, while the effects on, and response of, the body corporate (the local authority) to crises is an obvious focus, it is important to recognise those of the individuals who manage the response and drive change.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the following article (cite: Coles T, Garcia G, O’Malley E and Turner C (2022) Experiencing Event Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Public Sector Perspective. Front. Sports Act. Living 3:814146. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2021.814146) which first appeared in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living on 10 Jan 2022. DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2021.814146
Uncontrolled Keywords: events, coronavirus, local authority, performing arts, officer, United Kingdom, management, transformative
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality > Event management
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Performing arts
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Depositing User: Giselle Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2022 16:35
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2022 16:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8892

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