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Emma Abson



  • 2014: MA Research 'How event managers lead', University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • 2009: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • 2001: Bachelor - Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Coventry University
  • 2014 to date: PhD, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

External Leadership Position

Professional Body leadership position

  • 2018: , Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM), United Kingdom

Member of professional body


  • 2017: , Association for Event Management Education (AEME), United Kingdom
  • 2017: , British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), United Kingdom
  • 2017: , International Student Education Services (ISES), United Kingdom
  • 2017: , Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom

Publication editorships/ editorial board/ committees

Editorial board

  • 2018: , Event Management Journal Editorial Board, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • Events Management


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


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School

Events Management


Key Publications

Abson, E. (2017). How Event Managers Lead: applying competency school theory to event management. Event Management, 21 (4), 403-419.

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

Journal articles

Abson, E., & Schofield, P. (2022). Exploring the antecedents of shared leadership in event organisations. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 52, 439-451.

Conference papers

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

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

Book chapters

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:

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


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

Antchak, V., Goldblatt, J., O'Toole, W., Stadler, R., & Ziakas, V. (2021). Dictionary of Event Studies, Event Management and Event Tourism.

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

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


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. (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.

Other activities

HEA fellow or senior fellow

  • 2017: Fellow of HEA, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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