Senior Lecturer, Events Management

Division: Business, Enterprise and Management

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Rebecca Finkel (PhD, MA (Merit), BA (Hons) is a Senior Lecturer, Events Management in the Business, Enterprise and Management Division. She is also a Full member of the Centre for Media, Culture and Communication.

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Dr Rebecca Finkel is an urban cultural geographer and Senior Lecturer in Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her main field of study focuses on identity, social justice, and critical events studies. Main research interests include strategic analysis of government socio-economic policies for funding and development with regard to creative industries and social capital. New research is framed within conceptualizations of gender identity, resistance to globalization through cultural events, and mapping human rights and international sporting events.

Dr Rebecca Finkel graduated from Princeton University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Cultural Geography from King's College London. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer of Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management at Queen Margaret University. Her main field of study focuses on identity, social justice, and critical events studies. Main research interests include the strategic analysis of government socio-economic policies for funding and development with regard to creative industries and social capital. New research is framed within conceptualisations of gender identity, resistance to globalisation through cultural events, and mapping human rights and international sporting events, recently focusing on the links between sex work, human trafficking, and Olympic Games. She is a co-editor of Research Themes in Events published in 2014 with CABI and Gender and Diversity in Critical Events Studies with Routledge to be published in 2017.

Rebecca has published in international peer-reviewed academic journals, such as Tourism Management and Cultural Trends. She edited a Special Issue of Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events on social justice and events-related policy as well as co-editing a Special Issue for Organization about diversity and equality in the creative industries. Member of Founding Editorial Board of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity: International Journal (fully Open Access). Awarded Carnegie Trust Research Grants twice. Invited to deliver keynote addresses at International Festival and Events Association's 2006 annual conference and the 2015 International Sport Tourism Conference. Also, consulted on an ICA and King's College London project for Hong Kong University to inform the Hong Kong Government about developing cultural industries based on the UK model as well as on a social capital research project for the LDA about investing in creative industries and creative entrepreneur programmes in South London. Additionally, she has delivered workshops in Trinidad and Tobago and Austin, Texas, on cultural events tourism.

Rebecca created and developed the majority of modules she delivers, which allows for research-informed teaching and constructive alignment. Teaching includes critical events studies subjects, including Strategic Directions in the Experience Economy, Social Justice and Global Events Leadership, and Recreating the City: Events and Regeneration. This draws on a cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary literature and methodologies, including cultural studies, media studies, sociology, geography, tourism, and other social sciences. Also, she has led the student events module for the past decade, where students link the principles and practices of events management by developing, planning, and running a live event in an Edinburgh venue. This module has raised tens of thousands of pounds sterling over the years for a range of charitable organisations. It has also won the University's Excellence in PDP Award. As module co-ordinator for the Division's Honours Dissertations, Rebecca project managed supervision, marking, and research ethics as well as taught classes to guide students through the research and writing up processes. External Examiner and student feedback is extremely positive overall, as evidenced by her QMU Student Union Engaging & Inspiring Teaching Award. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Organisational Committees & Boards
  • Association of Events Management Educators (AEME): Executive Committee, Treasurer (2009-2015)
  • Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS): Executive Board, Treasurer (2012-2014)
  • Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA):
  • Executive Committee, Publications Officer (2014-2017)
  • Scottish Feminist Academic Network: Co-Founder & Co-Executive (2012- )
  • Critical Events Studies Network: Founding Member (2014- )
  • Organisational Memberships: Leisure Studies Association (LSA), Tourism Society, British Sociological Association (BSA), Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Dr Rebecca Finkel's main field of study focuses on identity, social justice, and critical events studies. Main research interests include the strategic analysis of government socio-economic policies for funding and development with regard to creative industries and social capital. New research is framed within conceptualisations of gender identity, resistance to globalisation through cultural events, and mapping human rights and international sporting events, recently focusing on the links between sex work, human trafficking, and Olympic Games. She is a co-editor of Research Themes in Events published in 2014 with CABI and Gender and Diversity in Critical Events Studies with Routledge to be published in 2017.

Rebecca has published in international peer-reviewed academic journals, such as Tourism Management and Cultural Trends. She edited a Special Issue of Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events on social justice and events-related policy as well as co-editing a Special Issue for Organization about diversity and equality in the creative industries. Member of Founding Editorial Board of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity: International Journal (fully Open Access). Awarded Carnegie Trust Research Grants twice. Invited to deliver keynote addresses at International Festival and Events Association's 2006 annual conference and the 2015 International Sport Tourism Conference. Also, consulted on an ICA and King's College London project for Hong Kong University to inform the Hong Kong Government about developing cultural industries based on the UK model as well as on a social capital research project for the LDA about investing in creative industries and creative entrepreneur programmes in South London. Additionally, she has delivered workshops in Trinidad and Tobago and Austin, Texas, on cultural events tourism.

Main field of study focuses on identity, social justice, and critical events studies. Main research interests include strategic analysis of government socio-economic policies for funding and development with regard to creative industries and social capital. New research is framed within conceptualizations of gender identity, resistance to globalization through cultural events, and mapping human rights and international sporting events.

Active Research Interests:

  • Events management, cultural identity, social justice, gender equality, resistance to globalization, community festivals

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative approaches: ethnography, participant observation, in-depth interviews, focus groups, participatory research, action research, visual methods, content analysis including social media analysis

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

 Carnegie Trust Research Grant: 2010

“Olympian Panic or Prevention?: Human Trafficking and Global Events”

 Carnegie Trust Research Grant 2014

 “Constructions and Commodification of Masculinity at Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, Austin”

Knowledge Exchange/Consultancy

Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute: June 2013

Sustainable Events and Tourism Masterclass Training Workshops

Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute: February 2011

Cultural Events Tourism and Hospitality Masterclass Training Workshops

Queen Margaret University and St. Edward's University (USA): August 2009-2013

International Summer Courses in Events Management and Destination Management

Other Funding:

International Centre for the Study of Planned Events: January 2009-May 2009

An Exploratory Study to Identify Sustainable Funding Alternatives for Cultural Events in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dr. Rebecca Finkel is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management. Teaching includes critical events studies subjects, including Strategic Directions in the Experience Economy, Social Justice and Global Events Leadership, and Recreating the City: Events and Regeneration. She co-developed the new MSc International Management & Leadership with Events. These topics draw on a cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary literature and methodologies, including cultural studies, media studies, sociology, geography, tourism, and other social sciences. Also, she led the student events module for the past decade, where students link the principles and practices of events management by developing, planning, and running a live event in an Edinburgh venue for charity. This module has raised tens of thousands of pounds sterling over the years for a range of charitable organisations. Students use current events management technology as well as complete the events planning process by critically evaluating their events and reflecting on the teamwork aspects necessary for a successful event in a real-world scenario. It has also won the University's Excellence in PDP Award. As module co-ordinator for the Division's Honours Dissertations, Rebecca project managed supervision, marking, and research ethics as well as taught classes to guide students through the research and writing up processes.

Rebecca created and developed the majority of modules she delivers, which allows for research-informed teaching and constructive alignment. External Examiner and student feedback is extremely positive overall, as evidenced by her QMU Student Union Engaging & Inspiring Teaching Award and two-time nomination for the Graduate's Award. Along with traditional instruments, innovative assessment developments include:

  • Video presentations
  • Online platforms and forums/Wikis/Google Sites
  • Critical reflective e-portfolios
  • Live real world scenarios
  • A variety of approaches are implemented to accommodate different learning styles and diverse backgrounds, including:
  • Use of visual and multimedia sources; e.g., TED talks, Twitter, Flickr
  • Technological enhancements; e.g., virtual learning environments, Slack
  • Interactive activities; e.g., debates, presentations, field trips
  • Cross-cultural, international, and diverse reading and writing exercises

Program Leader:

  • Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Events Management (Sept. 2008 - Jan. 2016)

Teaching:

UG

  • B4014 Strategic Directions in the Experience Economy
  • B4015 Social Justice & Global Events Leadership
  • B4099 Hons Dissertation (including Division Research Ethics Review Panel)
  • B3140 Recreating the City: Events and Regeneration
  • B2091 Events Co-ordination and Evaluation

PG

  • TM165 Critical Issues in Cultural Management and Policy
  • BM078 Critical Events Management
  • BM067 Social Justice and Critical Perspectives on the State

Ph.D. Supervision:

Director of Studies

Briony Sharp: “An examination of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy”

Supervisory Panel

Cecilia Gladwell (completed): “Sustainable rural development tourism co-operatives in India”

David Stevenson (completed): “Understanding the problem of cultural non-participation: Discursive structures, articulatory practice and cultural domination”

Teaching Recognition & Awards

Queen Margaret University Student Union Student-led Teaching and Representation (STaR) Awards:

Engaging & Inspiring Teaching Award - 2015

Graduate's Award nominee - 2013 & 2014

Research Award

Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) Annual Conference: Birmingham, May 2012

“Developments in Hospitality and Tourism Research and Knowledge Exchange: A Case Study of Trinidad and Tobago” with Dr Majella Sweeney (QMU)

Awarded Best Paper in Research in Teaching and Learning