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Business Enterprise and Management - Rebecca Finkel

Dr Rebecca Finkel

Programme Leader & Senior Lecturer, Events Management

Phone: (0)131 474 0000


Princeton University, BA, 1994-1998, Intellectual and Cultural History

King's London, MA, 2001-2002, Awarded with Merit, Cities, Culture & Social Change (Urban Geography)

King's London, PhD, 2002-2007, "The Role of Combined Arts Festivals in the UK Cultural Economy" (Cultural Geography)


- Association of Events Management Educators (AEME): Executive Committee, Treasurer

- Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS): Executive Board, Treasurer

- Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME)

- Tourism Society

- Leisure Studies Association (LSA)

- Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)

- British Sociological Association (BSA)

- Scottish Feminist Academic Network: Co-Founder

Personal Profile:

Dr Rebecca Finkel is a graduate from Princeton University and was awarded a PhD in Cultural Geography from King's College London, University of London. Currently, she is Programme Leader & Lecturer of Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her main field of study is the role of festivals in the cultural economy and their social, economic and political impacts on communities and places. Main research interests include the strategic analysis of government socio-economic policies for funding and development with regard to social capital and social equality. New research focuses on community events management within conceptual frameworks of identity, symbolic boundaries, gender, and resistance to globalisation, as well as mapping human rights and mega events, currently focusing on the links between sex work, human trafficking and the Olympic Games. She is the author of Human Rights and Global Events with Routledge, and co-editor of Research Themes in Events with CABI.

Rebecca has published in international peer-reviewed academic journals based on her research, such as in Tourism Management, Cultural Trends, and Managing Leisure. She will be editing a special issue of the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events about social justice and events-related policy. She delivered the keynote address at IFEA's 2006 annual conference and has presented at other international conferences in the field, including RGS-IBG, ATLAS, Global Events Congress, LSA, AEME, and Journeys of Expression. Her co-authored a paper for the 2012 CHME annual conference was a warded Best Paper in Research in Teaching and Learning.


In 2013, she was awarded a Santander Research Grant and, in 2010, was awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Grant to undertake field work before the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. She has researched and consulted on an Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and King's College London project for Hong Kong University to inform the Hong Kong Government about developing cultural industries and policies based on the UK model. Also, she has consulted with the London Development Agency on a research project informing the development of and investment in creative industries and creative entrepreneur programmes in South London. In Trinidad and Tobago, she has delivered masterclass workshops on the topic of cultural events tourism as it relates to destination management and place image branding.


Recent Publications:

Matheson, C. M. and Finkel, R. (2013) Sex Trafficking and the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games: Perceptions and Preventative Measures . Tourism Management, 36, 613–628.

Finkel, R. (2010) Re-imaging arts festivals through a corporate lens: Case study of business sponsorship at the Henley Festival. Managing Leisure, 15(4), 237-250.

Finkel, R. (2010) 'Dancing around the ring of fire': Social capital, tourism resistance and gender dichotomies at Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Shetland. Event Management, 14(4), p. 275-285.

Finkel, R. (2009) A Picture of the contemporary combined arts festival landscape. Cultural Trends, 18(1), 3-21.

Finkel, R. (2008) Two paths diverge in a field: The increasing professionalism of festival and events management. LINK 20: Events Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network, The Higher Education Academy, 4-5.

Finkel, R. (2007) Tensions between Ambition and Reality in UK Combined Arts Festival Programming: Case Study of the Lichfield Festival. International Journal of Events Management Research, 2(1).

Finkel, R. (2006) Unicycling at Land's End: Case Study of the Lafrowda Festival of St Just, Cornwall. In J. Ali-Knight and D. Chambers (Eds.) Case studies in festival and event marketing and cultural tourism. Leisure Studies Association Journal, 2(92), 129-145.



Finkel, R. (Forthcoming) Human Rights and Global Events. Oxford: Routledge.

Finkel, R., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., Robinson, P. (eds.) (2013) Research Themes in Events. Oxford: CABI.


Book Chapters

Finkel, R. (2013) Events and Political Agendas. In Finkel, R., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., Robinson, P. (eds.) Research Themes in Events. Oxford: CABI.

Finkel, R. (2014) Broadcasting from a neutral corner?: An analysis of the mainstream media's representation of women's boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In Dashper, K., Fletcher, T. , McCullough, N. (eds.) Sports Events, Society and Culture. London: Routledge.




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