Emma Abson

Dr Emma Abson PhD, MA, PGCHE

Senior Lecturer


Summary

Emma's research focuses on leadership in the events industry, with a particular interest in research that encompasses leadership and gender. She has co-authored a number of leading textbooks and sits on several editorial boards, as well as being a board member for the International Association for Events Studies (IAES). She teaches across a broad range of subjects that touch on events, hospitality, tourism, leadership and management.

About

Emma is a senior lecturer, and active researcher at the University. Her research focuses on leadership in the events industry, with a particular interest in research that encompasses leadership and gender. She is also involved in a variety of research projects that focus on a range of DEI issues from both a UK and International perspective.

Emma has co-authored a leading textbook on Events Management and published her own book focussed on Event Leadership. She is a keen advocate for advancing event management research across the globe, and sits on several editorial boards for journals focuses on events, hospitality and tourism. She has recently joined the new International Association for Events Studies as a board member and is trained as a structured writing retreat facilitator.

Prior to becoming an academic, Emma had a successful career in the events industry, most notably as a head of department leading on a wide range of business to business and corporate events.

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • Events Management

Research

  • Events Operations
  • Group work in education
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Skills

Teaching

Department of Service Sector Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Subject area:

  • Events Management, Service Sector Management

Courses taught:

  • Events Management, Festival Management, E-Sports

Research

My research focuses on leadership, gender and events though I am also involved in research on other DEI issues, and on social sustainability. I am open to exploring a range of research interests in a variety of areas.

Recent publications include:

- Abson, E., Norman, M., Schofield, P. (2023 – accepted; awaiting publication) Event leadership matters: why a shared approach might be the answer to improved working practices in events, Event Management

2022

- Bladen, C. Kennell, J. Abson, E and Wilde, N; (2022) Events Management: an introduction, 3rd Edition. Routledge

- Abson, E., Schofield, P. (2022) Exploring the antecedents of shared leadership in event organisations, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Volume 52, Pages 439-451. ISSN 1447-6770, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2022.08.003.

AEME SIG funding - Women event management students’ leadership aspirations and the realities of their leadership development in the industry - Awarded July 2023

Teaching, Learning & Student Experience Enhancement Project awarded Summer 2021

Publications

Key Publications

Bladen, C., Kennell, J., Abson, E., & Wilde, N. (2017). Events management : an introduction (2nd edition). Abingdon: Routledge.

Abson, E. (2017). How Event Managers Lead: applying competency school theory to event management. Event Management, 21 (4), 403-419. http://doi.org/10.3727/152599517X14998876105747

Journal articles

Abson, E., Norman, M., & Schofield, P. (2023). Event leadership matters: why a shared approach might be the answer to improved working practices in events. Event Management. http://doi.org/10.3727/152599523x16950749084376

Abson, E., & Schofield, P. (2022). Exploring the antecedents of shared leadership in event organisations. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 52, 439-451. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2022.08.003

Abson, D.E. (2021). Event Leadership. . http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4274

Book chapters

Abson, E. (2021). What is leadership. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4859

Abson, E. (2021). Leadership as a collective process. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4863

Abson, E. (2021). Events, leadership and power. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4875

Abson, E. (2021). The new wave of leadership studies. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4872

Abson, E. (2021). Leadership as a skill. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4866

Abson, E. (2021). Classic approaches to leadership. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4867

Abson, E. (2021). Leader follower perspectives. In Event Leadership. Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4876

Hawkes, D., Kennell, J., Booth, P., & Abson, E. (2016). The impact of motivation factors on spending at a public sector festivals programme. In Mathias, Á., Nijkamp, P., & Romano, J. (Eds.) Impact assessment of tourism economics. (pp. 67-80). Cham: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14920-2_5

Abson, E. (2011). The impact of group projects on learning, teaching and assessment in a year 3 BA course. Compass

Books

Bladen, C., Group, T.F., Kennell, J., Abson, E., & Wilde, N. (2022). Events Management An Introduction. Routledge.

Abson, E. (2021). Event Leadership Theory and Methods for Event Management and Tourism.

Getz, D., Abson, E., Antchak, V., Chappelet, J.-.L., Goldblatt, J., Jutbring, H., ... Ziakas, V. (Eds.). (2021). Dictionary of Event Studies, Event Management and Event Tourism. Goodfellow Publishers. http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635796-4695

Getz, D., Abson, E., Antchak, V., Chappelet, J.-.L., Goldblatt, J., Jutbring, H., ... Ziakas, V. (Eds.). (2021). Dictionary of Event Studies, Event Management and Event Tourism. Goodfellow Publishers. http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635796-4695

Abson, E. (2012). Events Management: an introduction. Routledge.

Bladen, C., Kennell, J., Abson, E., & Wilde, N. (2012). Events Management: an introduction. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bladen, C., Kennell, J., Abson, E., & Wilde, N. (n.d.). Events Management. Routledge. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203852972

Presentations

Abson, E., Kennell, J., Haynes, N., Rowley, C., & Frew, E. (2023). Investigating women’s experiences of developing leadership careers in the event industry - an international comparison. Presented at: The 6th International Conference on Events - Making Waves in Poland. Warsaw, 3-7th September 2023, Warsaw Poland

Abson, E., Kennell, J., Haynes, N., Rowley, C., & Frew, E. (2023). Investigating the enablers and barriers for women in event leadership roles. Presented at: Surrey 2023, University of Surrey

Abson, E., Haynes, N., Rowley, C., Kennell, J., & Frew, E. (2023). Exploring the perceptions of gender and career development for women in events. Presented at: AEME forum, University of Gloucester

Abson, E. (2021). No more heroes anymore – a model for the use of shared leadership in events. Presented at: AEME Forum

Abson, E. (2018). Leadership in Experiential (events) agencies. Presented at: Leisure Talks, University of Manchester

Abson, E. (2015). Introducing learning strategies to increase student engagement on a BA Event Management final year course.

Abson, E. (2014). Why leadership matters in business event management.

Booth, P., Hawkins, D., Kennel, J., & Abson, E. (2014). Managing and Evaluating Cultural Events.

Abson, E. (2014). Monitoring and evaluating cultural events.

Abson, E. (2013). A discussion and critique of the understanding of leadership in the role of an event manager.

Abson, E. (2013). A discussion and critique of the understanding of leadership in the role of an event manager.

Booth, P., Hawkes, D., Kennell, J., & Abson, E. (2013). The Economic Impact of a London Borough's Festival Programme.

Idris, J., May, D., Rowley, C., Abson, E., & Lynn, A. (n.d.). Group work selection methods and the impact on student outcomes and satisfaction. Presented at: International Conference on Events, Making New Waves in Africa: Exploring New Frontiers in Festivals and Events

Other activities

- Founding board member - International Association of Event Studies

- Editorial board member of Event Management Journal

- Organising Committee member: AEME conference 2024

- Reviewer – International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

- Member of AEME, BAFA, EVCOM

- Fellow of HEA, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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