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Scholarly biography

Michael joined the School of Sport and Service Management in March 2008 as a member of the events management team. Michael studied event management at Leeds Beckett University and worked in the arts and cultural events sector for over 10 years. He completed his PhD in music events as contemporary spectacle at the University of Brighton in June 2017.

He teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in event management at the University’s Eastbourne campus and at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, one of the School’s partner institutions.

Prior to joining the University of Brighton Michael was responsible for managing the festival programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has also previously worked as Events Manager for the Harrogate International Festival and the Wiltshire Festival.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the emerging area of the social sciences and critical study of events. My research is stimulated by a desire to understand how we make meaning from, engage in, negotiate and (co)create event experiences. I am particularly interested in music events, the spectacle, fan communities and identity and politics. I am also interested in the use of digital technologies in the production and consumption of events.

Approach to teaching

I am a passionate and enthusiastic scholar, educator and festival and event goer. I draw on my experiences of working in, attending and investigating events in order to engage my students through practice and research informed teaching. I try to encourage and develop employable, critical thinkers and practitioners through helping students to nurture their own passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and experiences in events.

I endeavour to deliver teaching that is relevant and stimulating, by examining theoretical and practical as well as local and global perspectives. Currently, I teach a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level including: The Event Industry, Event Experience Design, Event Design and Management and Theorising the International Event Industry modules.

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Research Output 2007 2015

'One but not the same': U2 concerts, community and cultural identity

Williams, M., 25 Feb 2015, Identity discourses and communities in international events, festivals and spectacles. Merkel, U. (ed.). Basingstoke, UK, p. 242-259 18 p. (Leisure Studies in a Global Era).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Politics as spectacle: U2's 360° tour (2009-11)

Williams, M., 22 Jul 2013, Power, politics and international events: socio-cultural analyses of festivals and spectacles. Merkel, U. (ed.). Abingdon, UK, p. 174-190 17 p. (Routledge Advances in Event Research Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Festival evaluation: an exploration of seven UK arts festivals

Williams, M. & Bowdin, G. A. J., Feb 2008, Events and Festivals: Current Trends and Issues. Robertson, M. & Frew, E. (eds.). Oxon, UK, p. 86-102 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Festival evaluation: an exploration of seven UK arts festivals

Williams, M. & Bowdin, G. A. J., Apr 2007, In : Managing Leisure. 12, 2-3, p. 187-203 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

planning process

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Taught course

External Examiner

Michael Williams (Examiner)
1 Jun 201831 Jul 2022

Activity: External examination and supervisionTaught course