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Research interests

Katharina Bürger is a doctoral research student based at the School of Business and Law. Her research interests are around mega-events, such as the Olympic Games, Football World Cups and Expos and their stakeholders. In particular she is interested in conflicts, protest and resistance around modern Olympic Games and where this stems from and why. Her PhD project is supervised by Dr Tijana Rakic (Lead Supervisor) and Dr Michael Williams (Second Supervisor).

Scholarly biography

Katharina's background is in Tourism and Events Management and she obtained her BA in Tourism Management from Kempten University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in 2016. During her undergraduate studies, Katharina completed a semester abroad in Business Management at Mikkeli University, Finland. In 2017, Katharina successfully completed her MSc International Event Management at the University of Brighton. Afterwards she has worked as a freelance researcher for the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, contributing to a mega-event database project. She began her PhD research project in January 2020 at the School of Business and Law.

Approach to teaching

Between 2021-2022, Katharina was an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Brighton School of Business and Law. Her teaching was at undergraduate level on the IE504 module "Understanding events' stakeholders: competing interests, clashes and conflicts". The module addresses a range of contemporary challenges event managers face when organising international events, festivals and spectacles. Competing interests and the growing resistance towards events are highlighted and Katharina engages her students with examples from her PhD research and varied actitivities during the asynchronous (recorded) and live online sessions. She aims to inspire her students and invites them to critically think and reflect about their role as future event managers in an ever-changing events landscape.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MSc International Event Management


Bachelor, BA Tourism Management, Fachhochschule Kempten - University of Applied Sciences Kempten


External positions

Project Lead

1 Sept 2022 → …

Postgraduate Representative

Nov 2021 → …

Conference and Project Manager

Aug 202131 Aug 2022

Hourly Paid Lecturer, University of Brighton

Feb 202131 Jul 2022

Conference and Events Officer

Nov 2018Jul 2021


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Mega-events
  • Olympic Games
  • Resistance
  • Stakeholders


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