Call for Papers | “Event Futures: innovation, creativity and collaboration​” | Special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. Call ends May 31, 2017

Guest editors:

  • Dr Dewi Jaimangal-Jones, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr Caroline Jackson, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Dr Martin Robertson, Bournemouth University, UK


Events have evolved and changed through time, raising both challenges and opportunities for practitioners, educators and researchers alike. A combination of collaborative activities and forward-thinking is likely to ensure the continued progress of events. This special issue of IJEFM therefore focusses on Event Futures. It offers a platform for discussion, debate and vision for the future of events. It is anticipated that the contributing articles will highlight current and future success in stakeholder management and in developing resilience in an ever changing political, economic, social, environmental and technological milieu. Articles that cover the challenges of business ROI with wider event impacts are encouraged. Events are created in a potentially contested space and knowledge creation, management and exchange are important areas for event researchers and practitioners to consider as we further develop bodies of knowledge and professional practice.

Event design, advances in technology, the growth and robustness of trend analysis, and the defining role of co-creative activity and crowd sourcing may be celebrated, while the challenges of dynamic disruptions and social dislocation may provide significant counter discussion. The form, function and purpose of event experiences are not the only factor likely to change. So too the needs of, and the needs for, those employed and active within the performance and production of events may alter. How can education contribute to the professional and critical skills and knowledge likely to purposefully enhance success in an unclear future?

Finally, what are the research agendas moving the disciplines of events management and events studies forward? What action is required to improve the rigour, relevance and recognition of event research and professional practice? This special issue contributes to furthering our knowledge and offering a platform for the future.


The theme identified is that of Event Futures. Suitable topics for the Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Event stakeholders, impacts and evaluation.
  • Event design, technology and innovation.​
  • Consumers, co-creation and the event experience.
  • Event education and pedagogy.
  • Future directions in event research.
  • Inclusivity and accessibility for events
  • Events, resilience and safety
  • Events and transformation

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions: May 31, 2017 (Dewi Jaimangal-Jones)
Abstract Decisions: June 16, 2017
Full Paper Submissions: September 9, 2017
Revisions/Final Decisions: January, 31, 2018
Publication: Summer 2018

Submission Process

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the guest editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions relating to the special issue.  Structured abstracts (500 up to 750 words excluding references) can be submitted directly to the lead guest editor via email – Dewi Jaimangal-Jones by May 31st, 2017.  The guest editors will provide feedback on each submitted abstract. Full papers must be submitted by September 9th, 2017 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system at Please select the correct issue to submit to: “Event Futures: innovation, creativity and collaboration”.

Author guidelines for IJEFM can be found at:

Please send initial expressions of interest to the Guest Editors:

Dewi Jaimangal-Jones
Caroline Jackson
Martin Robertson

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