Michael Williams PhD

Michael Williams PhD
Visiting Lecturer
Country of Origin

The United Kingdom

By Appointment

Williams, Michael (2015) 'One but not the same': U2 concerts, community and cultural identity In: Merkel, Udo, ed. Identity discourses and communities in international events, festivals and spectacles. Leisure Studies in a Global Era . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 242-259. ISBN 9781137394927

Williams, Michael (2013) Politics as spectacle: U2's 360° tour (2009-11) In: Merkel , U., ed. Power, politics and international events: socio-cultural analyses of festivals and spectacles. Routledge Advances in Event Research Series . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 174-190. ISBN 9780415624466

Williams, M. and Bowdin, G.A.J. (2008) Festival evaluation: an exploration of seven UK arts festivals In: Robertson, M. and Frew, E., eds. Events and Festivals: Current Trends and Issues. Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 86-102. ISBN 9780415449182

Williams, M. and Bowdin, G.A.J. (2007) Festival evaluation: an exploration of seven UK arts festivals Managing Leisure, 12 (2-3). pp. 187-203. ISSN 1466-450X


Michael joined the School of Sport and Service Management in March 2008 as a member of the Events Management team. Prior to joining the University he was responsible for managing the festival programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Michael has also previously worked as Events Manager for the Harrogate International Festival and the Wiltshire Festival. After graduating from the UK Centre for Events Management, Michael continued his interest in Events Management education, presenting a paper at the Third International Event Management Research Conference at the Australian Centre for Events Management at the University of Technology in Sydney.

His research and teaching interests are in the planning, design, management and social and cultural impacts of outdoor music and cultural events.