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Richard Cooper


Profile: Richard Cooper started by working in sports retailing and outdoor education in the UK and France before moving into project management. This included working on a range of projects from developing a major sports tourism attraction to public art installations. Since moving into higher education in 1999, as well as teaching on UK based courses, he has worked on developing Internet delivered distance learning courses, as well as developing and delivering UG and PG courses in Singapore and Hong Kong. He is an active outdoor sportsman, being involved in the running of a number of sports events, as well as researching and evaluating sports events with the Sport Industry Research Centre.




  • 2009: MSc Sport Business Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1998: PGD Leisure Management, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1996: Management and Computer Skills, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1993: DTI Marketing Course, Other, United Kingdom
  • 1992: Business Start-Up Course, Other, United Kingdom
  • 2015 to date: PhD, Tilburg University, Netherlands (The)


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School

Events Management

2012 to present: Strategic Management; Events Management; Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Book chapters

cooper, R. (2016). Rising to the challenge of Sustainability. In Jepson, A., & Clarke, A. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Communities, Festivals and Events. (1). (pp. 16-33). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK

cooper, R., & Tattersall, J. (2014). Creating the Eventscape. In Sharples, L., Crowther, P., May, D., & Orefice, C. (Eds.) Strategic Event Creation. (1st). (pp. 141-144). Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers Ltd


Cooper, R., & Derom, I. (2018). Nationalism, regionalism and sport events: The Tour of Flanders. Presented at: ATLAS Annual Conference 2018: Destination Dynamics, Copenhagen, 2018

cooper, R. (2015). Homage at the Tour of Flanders–the creation of place identity through cycling?

Elsmore, I. (2015). Homage at the Tour of Flanders – the creation of place identity through cycling?

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