Events and climate change: an Australian perspective

Mair, Judith (2011) Events and climate change: an Australian perspective. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 2 3: 245-253. doi:10.1108/17582951111170308

Author Mair, Judith
Title Events and climate change: an Australian perspective
Journal name International Journal of Event and Festival Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-2954
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17582951111170308
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 245
End page 253
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider some of the issues of vulnerability and risk, mitigation, adaptation and the adaptive capacity of events. Given the significance of events to community, society and the economy, it seems imperative that the risks of any potential negative effects of climate change on this sector are understood, and that the capacity of events to adapt to and mitigate climate change is identified.

Design/methodology/approach: This exploratory conceptual paper considers some of the issues of vulnerability and risk, mitigation, adaptation and the adaptive capacity of events, and highlights the fact that different types of events are likely to be affected unequally by climate change.

Findings: The paper finds that different types of events are likely to be impacted in different ways by climate change. It also concludes that smaller, community events and larger hallmark events are likely to be most seriously affected by climate change, as they are types of events which rely on specific locations and venues.

Research limitations/implications: The limitations are those of a conceptual paper – although the empirical research on climate change and tourism may reflect the situation for the events industry, this has not yet been tested. Future research should test the propositions in this paper.

Practical implications: The paper suggests strongly that the events industry should incorporate strategies for adapting to climate change impacts into its policy and planning. Some of the likely climate change impacts are identified in the paper, along with potential adaptation solutions.

Originality/value: This topic has not yet been addressed in the academic literature and therefore the paper represents an important step in the understanding of climate change. The paper has academic value as a platform to underpin future research and practical value for event organisers planning for an uncertain future.
Keyword Australia
Climate change
Uncertainty management
Event organization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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