Dr Michael B Duignan

Senior Lecturer in Management (Visitor Economy/Tourism/Events and Festivals), Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Tourism Management and BSc (Hons) Events Management and Research Fellow

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Tourism

Michael is a former project and events manager, with significant industry and academic experience analysing socio-economic impact of cultural and sporting festivals, major and mega-events (eg Olympics).

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michael.duignan@anglia.ac.uk

Website www.michaelduignan.uk, find him on Twitter and LinkedIn, or read his Olympic Researcher blog

Background

Michael has analysed the impact of over ten major festivals, consults and advises on event management and developing initiatives, and sits as an advisor on the tourism board. He's made over 30 media appearances, frequently commenting on key issues in tourism and events across international, national and regional news and media outlets.

Michael has published in a number of internationally renowned journals, including Tourism Management, co-authored with academics across the world, given over 25 international conference papers and in 2015-16 won the prestigious ATHE/VisitBritain sponsored award for Leadership in the visitor economy (University of Oxford, December 2015). Prior to his academic post, Mike led government-funded research/researcher development projects and national training programme and suite of courses and events for the Research Council’s (UK) funded ‘Vitae’ project.

His expertise, theoretical and applied works lies across the field of tourism management and marketing, applied economics, major/mega-event and festival impact and legacy studies, spatial governance and political economy, with a case study emphasis on food festivals and the Olympic Games. In light of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Mike has recently co-authored an article (Tourism Management, ABS 4*) with Dr Pappalepore (Westminster) on the impacts and legacies of London 2012 on creative small businesses, and is currently writing several papers on, mega-event tourism, event-impacts on small business, spatial governance of Olympic areas, and slow tourism development in the context of heritage cities and regional events and festivals.

Awards
  • UK National Award for ‘Leadership in the Visitor Economy’ presented by the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) sponsored by VisitEngland for contribution to the field of ‘slow tourism’ – ATHE 2015 Annual Conference, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 5 December 2015
  • Winner of 2015 ‘Made a Difference’ award for outstanding excellence in teaching across all Anglia Ruskin University faculties – Anglia Ruskin University, ‘Made a Difference Awards’, May 2015

Research interests

Areas of expertise and research supervision

  • Management (Visitor Economy/Tourism/Events and Festivals)
  • Event legacy and leveraging
  • Event spaces and urban planning
  • Urban, regional and (slow) tourism development
  • Place marketing, city branding and managing tourism destinations
  • Socio-economic/cultural impact of sporting and cultural mega-events, regional events/festivals
  • Urban sociology, spatial dynamics and impacts of mega-events/mega-project planning on local communities
  • Liminality, events as resistance, and political economic perspectives
  • Regional development, community sustainability and legacy in the context of mega-events
  • Case studies from Rio 2016, London 2012 to regional festivals like the Cambridge Half Marathon and EAT Cambridge Food and Drink festival series
  • Developing applied, research-led tourism and events programmes

Research awards

  • Awarded university 'Research Fellowship' in August 2016 for 2 years (2016-2018)
  • National prize: 'Leadership in the Visitor Economy', for contributions to UK and HE 'Slow Tourism' policy and practice agenda - sponsored by VisitEngland and awarded by Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE). Presented at the ATHE Annual Conference 2015, University of Oxford
  • PhD Scholarship to study economic and small business impact of mega-events, case study of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Areas of research supervision

  • Seth Kirby (PhD) – Research Area: Socio-Economic and Small Business Impact of the Rio 2016 Olympics (2016 – current)
  • Nicola Cade (MPhil) - Research Area: Host Community Impacts of the Rio 2016 Olympics (2017 – current)

Teaching

Michael has seven years’ teaching experience across higher education (UK and Germany) at Bachelor, Master and MBA level. His research informed, practical and digitally engaged, informal style, commitment and respect to the individual student learning experience is central to his teaching approach. In 2015, he won our University's annual ‘Made a Difference’ teaching award.

Teaching awards

  • 2017 Winner of 'Special Recognition' ARU Made a Difference Awards. One of two lecturers awarded.
  • 2017 Finalist for 'Innovative Lecturer of the Year' ARU Made a Difference Awards. One of 12 lecturers shortlisted.
  • 2016 Finalist for 'Outstanding Tutor of the Year' ARU Made a Difference Awards. One of 12 lecturers shortlisted.
  • 2015 Winner of the ARU Made a Difference Award for 'Outstanding Excellence in Learning and Teaching'. One of six winners.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Hanze University, Groningen, Holland.
  • Master of International Business (MAIB), Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • Bachelor of Business Management (BA Hons), Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Advisory Board, Visit Cambridge and Beyond
  • Event Economics Advisor, One Step Beyond (OSB) and Cambridge Half Marathon
  • Institutional Member of Tourism Management Institute (TMI).

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Consultancy, community and industry projects,
  • Project Lead, Economic Impact and Visitor Analysis of the Cambridge Half Marathon 2016 and 2017.
  • Project Lead, Economic Impact Analysis of EAT Cambridge Food and Drink Festival 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • Project Lead, Socio-Economic Small Business Impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Delivered in collaboration with the Federation of Small Business (FSB), London.
  • Project Manager, Commercialisation of Researcher Development Programmes and Educational Resources. Led team responsible for commercialising existing portfolio of educational resources to UK and European Higher Education (ME) markets.
  • Project Manager, Researcher Development Programmes and UK Recruitment. Led team responsible for design, development, management and recruitment on to a range of programme, courses, events and workshops – both Research Council and institutionally funded places. 38 programmes in total delivered between 2010 – 2012.

Educational projects

  • Project Lead, ‘Students as Partners’ Project. Bridging Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Research Excellence Framework (REF) demands through exploring the role of students as research associates within UK business schools – major Higher Education Academy (HEA) pedagogic theme for 2017.
  • Project Partner and Subject Lead (Tourism and Events) for Anglia Ruskin awarded HEA project: ‘Directed Independent Learning’ (DIL). Integrating and evaluation the effectiveness of DIL activities for developing independent / critical thinking across both BSc Tourism Management and BSc Events Management programmes. 

Selected recent publications

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Duignan, M.B, & Wilbert, C., (2017). Embedding Slow Tourism and the 'Slow Phases' Framework: the case of Cambridge, UK. In: Clancy, M. 2017. Eds. Slow Tourism, Food and Cities: Pace and the Search for the 'Good Life'. London: Routledge

Duignan, M.B, and Ivanescu, Y. (2017). Rio's Olympic legacy...six months on, how has the city fared? The Conversation.

Pappalepore, I, & Duignan, M.B (2016) The London 2012 cultural programme: A consideration of Olympic impacts for small creative organisations in east London. Tourism Management, 54, 344 - 355.

Duignan, M.B. (2016). Why Rio 2016 may not bring the tourism boost Brazil hope. The Conversation (and Yahoo News), Academic Article. 22 August 2016

Duignan, M.B, and McGillivray, D. (2016). How Rio 2016 satisfied its sponsors while leaving room for the people. The Conversation, Academic Article. 19 August 2016

Duignan, M.B. (2016). Glastonbury's Festival Economics Signals Hope for Entrepreneurial Spirit. The Conversation, Academic Article. 15 June 2016.

Wilbert, C; Duignan, M.B (2015) ‘Going s-Low in Cambridge: opportunities for sustainable tourism in a small global city’, Bergamo University Press in EDS. Casti, E; Burini, F (2015) Centrality of Territories, Bergamo University Press.

Duignan, M.B (Sept, 2013) Events and urban regeneration: the strategic uses of events to revitalize cities, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events (ABCD List rated 'B')

Recent presentations and conferences

Conferences
  • Duignan, M.B., and O’Brien, D. 2017. Strategic-Chaos and Entrepreneurial Leveraging during the Rio 2016 Games. SMAANZ 2017 Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Everett, S. 2017. Students as Partners: the ‘Research CO-Pilot’ Initiative. Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference 2017. University of Brighton, Brighton.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Disorganised host event spaces: Revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Critical Tourism Studies 2017 Annual Conference, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Students as Partners International Conference 2017. MacMaster University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Disorganised host event spaces: Revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Association for Events Management Education (AEME), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales.
  • Duignan, M.B., Ivory, C., and Hallin, A. 2017. Rethinking Mega-Projects:  Politics of Core and Host Contexts in the London Olympics. IRNOP 2017 Conference, Boston, USA.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Thornton, E. 2016. Strategic Alignment to Constructive Alignment. ATHE Annual Conference 2016. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, December 2016.
  • Duignan, M.B., Everett, S., and Walsh, L. 2016. Liminality, Urban Resistance and Food Festivals: Leveraging Social Media for Local Food and Drink Marketing in the case of EAT Cambridge. ATLAS Annual Conference 2016. University of Canterbury, September 2016.
  • Duignan, M.B., Everett, S., and Walsh, L. 2016. Fostering Student-Staff Collaborations in an International Research Project: the Case of Slow Tourism. Chartered Association of Business School Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2016. University of Aston.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Enhancing ‘Slow’ Tourism in Historic Cities: an Antidote to the Fast. ATHE Annual Conference 2015. University of Oxford.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Becoming a Digital Scholar. Expert Panel and Lecture. University of Warwick and Jobs.ac.uk. 20 January, 2015.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Slow Tourism Development and the Role of Events and Festivals - Cambridge Context, Opportunity and Methodology. Centrality of Territories Annual Conference 2014. University of Bergamo, Italy.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2013. Mega-Events, Tourism and Host Spaces. British Academy of Management Doctoral Symposium 2013. University of Liverpool.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Carolas, R. 2013. Visualising and Connecting your Research. Annual Researcher Conference 2013. Anglia Ruskin University.  
Presentations and Guest Lectures
  • Being an ECR in the era of research impact, co-presenter with Nadia De-Gama, IIMP Scrum Expert Series, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Jun 2016)
  • Slow tourism and regenerating the high street, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Dec 2015)
  • Impact of 21st century urban food festivals in the UK, co-presenter with Dr Sally Everett, EAT Cambridge 2015 food and drink regional festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK (May 2015)
  • Event leveraging: mega-events, economic and tourism development, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Apr 2015)
  • Digital scholarship – expert panel, Jobs.ac.uk expert panel, University of Warwick, UK (Jan 2015)
  • Slow tourism: an antidote to the ‘fast tourist’ – ideology and practice, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Nov 2014)
  • Digital scholarship - is it worth it?, IIMP Scrum Expert Series, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Mar - Apr 2014)
  • Strategic uses of mega-events to revitalise cities: local opportunity and challenges, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Mar - Apr 2014)
  • Becoming a digital scholar, co-presenter with Ricardo Carolas, Anglia Ruskin University Skills Workshop and Lecture, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Jan 2014)
  • Doing research and the life of a PhD, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Dec 2013)
  • How mega-events and local festivals impact on local business’, University of Cambridge Annual Festival of Ideas 2013, University of Cambridge, UK (Oct 2013)
  • Urban development and the strategic use of mega-events, Anglia Ruskin University Research Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Mar 2013)

Public Engagement / Festival Talks

  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Slow Tourism and Gamifying the Cultural Offer / judging. Cambridge Science Park REACTOR Project.
  • Walsh, L., and Duignan, M.B. 2017. Regulatory Formality and Informality at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Trading Standards Institute (TSI) National Magazine. 
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. What the Global Events Industry Can Learn From the Rio 2016 Olympics. Key note at the International Exposition for Events Industry 2017. Olympia, London. 
  • Duignan, M.B., and Everett, S. 2015. Socio-Economic Impacts of 21st Century Urban Food Festivals in the UK. Key Note at the EAT Cambridge Food and Drink Festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2013. How Mega-Events and Local Festivals Impact on Local Business. Research and Public Engagement Lecture. University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.
Public Academic Lectures
  • Duignan, M.B., and De-Gama, N. 2016. Being an Early Career Researcher in the Era of Research Impact. Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2016.  Slow Tourism and Regenerating the High Street. Research and Public Engagement Lecture Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Event Leveraging: Mega-Events, Economic and Tourism Development. Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Slow Tourism: an Antidote to the ‘Fast Tourist’ – Ideology and Practice. Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Digital Scholarship…is it all worth it? Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Strategic Uses of Mega-Events to Revitalise Cities: Local Opportunity and Challenges. Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Becoming a Digital Scholar. Research Workshop and Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Meyenburg, I. 2013. Conducting Research and the Life of a PhD. Research and Public Engagement Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2013. Urban Development and the Strategic Uses of Mega-Events. Research Lecture. Anglia Ruskin University.

Media experience

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  • Duignan, M.B. Overtourism threat to Cambridge city centre and the role of slow tourism. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Live Radio Interview (August, 2017)
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Major Tourism Trends and Innovations, and Reviewing the National Papers. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Live Radio Interview (August, 2017)
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. 50p to browse: Positive and negative impacts of an abusive shopkeeper. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Live Radio Interview (July, 2017)
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Major Tourism Trends and Innovations, and Reviewing the National Papers. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Live Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. The Politics and Economics of Olympic Bidding and Why Budapest Withdrew. National Australian News: ABC News ‘The Ticket’ Sports Programme. Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2017. Regenerating Cambridge’s Market Square: Enhancing the Night Time Economy. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Live Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2016. Tourism Challenges and EasyJet’s Pre-Tax Profit Losses. BBC Look East. Television Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2016. State of the HE sector. Times of India. Quoted in National Press.
  • Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D. 2016. Rio 2016 Games: Tourism, Security and Event Spaces. Cambridge TV. In-depth television interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2016. Rio’s Olympic Tourism, Security and Spatial Impacts: #RioZones Project. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2016. Slow Tourism, Cambridge and the 2016 launch of Visit Cambridge and Beyond DMO. BBC Cambridgeshire, Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Slow Tourism Award Comes to Cambridge. Cambridge News, Media Article.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. The Economic Benefit of Bank Holiday Weekends on the South East Regional Economy. ITV Anglia, Television Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Has Cambridge Lost its Charm? Cambridge News, Media Article.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Tourism Expert Warns Cambridge City Centre is Becoming ‘Too Standardised’. Cambridge News, Media Article.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Walsh, L. 2015. Economic and Tourism Challenges for the City of Cambridge, UK. Cambridge Television, In-depth Television Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. Tourism in Cambridge Could Threaten City’s Unique Identity. BBC Cambridgeshire, Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B., and Everett, S. 2015. Festivals Help City’s Foodie Brand. Cambridge News, Media Article.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015 21st century Food and Drink Festivals – Impacts on the City and its Local Traders. Cambridge 105, Radio Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. London 2012 and Small Business Impacts and Legacies – Have Your Say. London Business Matter, London Chamber of Commerce), Industry Media Publication.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2015. University Study Sets to Count the Cost of London 2012 Olympics. Cambridge News, Media Article.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. What Next for the Economic Legacy of the Tour de France for Cambridge? ITV Anglia, Television Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2014. Local Economic Impacts for the 2014 Tour de France in Cambridge. ITV Anglia, Television Interview.
  • Duignan, M.B. 2013. Economic Impacts of Local Food and Drink Festivals - Talk at University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Cambridge FM, Radio Interview.