We are thrilled that all papers presented at the AEME Forum 2024 will have the opportunity to submit a full paper to a ‘Special Issue with the International Journal of Event and Festival Management on The value of events education – reflecting on the past and shaping the future ‘.


The aim of this special issue is to examine the evolution of events education and to explore its value to the continuing development of the events industry.  Articles will be focussed on how educators can best respond to the current challenging HE environment and prepare the future workforce for work in an ever-evolving, fast-paced sector.  In order to meet this aim, the special issue invites papers that showcase innovative approaches to event education pedagogy, the value of event education, and the future of event education.

Fletcher et al. (2022) suggest that there is now a strong indication that events is becoming a mature and diverse academic field – over the last 20 years we have certainly seen a strong growth in event-based research. At the same time, the growth in event management degrees has been rapid, and it is now widely taught and popular with students.  However, whilst research into events has grown significantly, we still know very little about events education.

In 2017, Park and Park suggested that education in events is under-researched and a review of current literature suggests not much has changed.  There are small pockets of research into the way in which events is taught, and the outcomes of event education – for example, a handful of papers examine education / career development (e.g. Fletcher et al., 2022; Olson, et al., 2021) and some that focus on educating the event management graduate (e.g. Barron & Ali-Knight, 2017; Bladen & Kennell, 2014; Walters, 2021).  A few scholars have published research that highlight the importance of links between education and the event industry (e.g. Venske, 2021; Lamb, 2015). However, this is neither a significant body of work, and nor does it reflect the now global nature of event management education.  

The covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of events (Janiszewska et al., 2021) and presented challenges to event educators – student numbers dipped, presumably because of the near total collapse of the industry.  As the industry recovers, educators must reflect on how they can build resilience into their event education.  This will be the first special issue to examine the evolution and value of higher education in events and how to future proof the event curriculum. We welcome submissions that cover the value of events education and its relationship with the event industry.

 List of topic areas:

  • Future proofing the event curriculum
  • Creating agile event education – evolution and innovation of events education pedagogy
  • Industry and education collaboration
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion in event education
  • Global perspectives in event education
  • Benefits of event education
  • Business 5.0 or 4IR and events education
  • Politics and event education
  • Preparing students for work – successful & professional events graduates
  • Events education and industry evolution – how do we respond?
  • Global perspectives in events higher education

Guest Editors 

Emma Abson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, e.abson@shu.ac.uk

Katrin Stefansdottir, Sheffield Hallam University, UK k.stefansdottir@shu.ac.uk

Jane Tattersall,  Sheffield Hallam University, UK, jane.tattersall@shu.ac.uk

Caroline Westwood,  Sheffield Hallam University, UK, c.westwood@shu.ac.uk

Charlotte Rowley, Sheffield Hallam University, c.rowley@shu.ac.uk.

Submissions Information 

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Author guidelines must be strictly followed. 

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Author Guidelines 

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions (if agreed with publisher): 13/01/2025
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 01/05/2025    

Email for submissions: e.abson@shu.ac.uk

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