Mike’s academic profile and CV (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/lord-ashcroft-international-business-school/about/marketing-enterprise-and-tourism/staff/michael-duignan)

MIKE DMichael is a Lecturer in Tourism Management at our Institute of International Management Practice (IIMP), with professional experience of leading national UK Government-funded projects and lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

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Prior to joining LAIBS, Mike worked as a project manager in events and business development in UK Government organisations. His expertise, theoretical and applied works lies across the field of tourism, hospitality, 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.

Mike has recently authored a recent book chapter, and currently has a journal under review for the internationally renowned ‘Tourism Management’ (ABS 4*) Journal; and his research is frequently discussed alongside other major tourism issues in the media.

Research interests

  • Tourism and hospitality management and policy, with a focus on sustainable and ‘slow’ development.
  • Regional economic development in the context of event-led urban policy and governance, alongside the general economic and social impacts of mega-events and local festivals on small business and local economies.
  • Spatial governance and dynamics of Olympic host event zones, theories of political economy and the event leveraging strategies of host mega-event cities
  • The role of digital scholarship in achieving research impact.


Mike’s teaching expertise lies in the field of tourism, hospitality and applied economies and event-led urban policy, with seven years’ experience across the field of higher education in both a learning and teaching (UG and PG level in both UK and Germany) and research capacity. 2015 saw Mike win (alongside 12 other teaching colleagues) the annual university ‘Made a Difference’ award beating off competition from over 1200 peers. Mike’s research informed, practical and digitally engaged, informal style, commitment and respect to the individual student learning experience in central to his teaching approach.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Institute for International Management Practice (IIMP), Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK (to complete by December, 2015).
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Hanze University, Groningen, Holland.
  • Master of International Business (MAIB), Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • Bachelor of Business Management (BA Hons), Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Educational Academy (AFHEA).
  • Associate, British Academy of Management (BAM).

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Lead Investigator, #LondonBizLegacy study, Feb 2015 – current, collaborative project with the Federation of Small Business (FSB) reviewing small firm impacts and legacies of the London 2012 Olympic Games across host boroughs.
  • Lead Investigator, EAT Cambridge 2014 and EAT Cambridge 2015 (May 2015 – Current) – economic and innovation study.

Selected recent publications

Wilbert, C; Duignan, M.B, and Messina, F (In press, 2015) Going S-Low in Cambridge: Opportunities for sustainable tourism in a small global city in: (Ed.) Book authors and title TBC.

Pappalepore, I; Duignan, M.B (Under review, 2015) Olympic legacies, local narratives and tourism: a case study of small creative organisations in East London, Tourism Management (ABS 4*).

Duignan, M.B (Sept, 2014) EAT Cambridge festival 2014: economic impact and innovation evaluation, Policy report to Cambridge City Council and EAT Cambridge festival directors.

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


  • Duignan, M.B (April, 2015) Social snowballing as Methodology – Twitter for research- 1stInternational and Interdisciplinary Conference, EMLYON Business School, Lyon, France.
  • Duignan, M.B (March, 2014) Centrality of territories: enhancing s-Low tourism – Cambridge context, opportunity and methodology, International Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy.

Guest academic talks and presentations

  • ‘Impact of 21st century urban food festivals in the UK’, EAT Cambridge 2015 festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK.
  • ‘Event leveraging: mega-events, economic and tourism development’, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Apr, 2015).
  • ‘Digital scholarship – expert panel’, Jobs.ac.uk, University of Warwick, UK (Jan, 2015).
  • ‘Slow tourism: an antidote to the ‘fast tourist’ – ideology and practice’, LAIBS, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Nov, 2014).
  • ‘Digital scholarship…is it worth it?’ IIMP, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Oct, 2014).
  • ‘Strategic uses of mega-events to revitalise cities: local opportunity and challenges’, Events and Conference Management module, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Mar and Apr, 2014).
  • ‘Becoming a digital scholar’, RCDS, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Jan, 2014).
  • ‘Doing research and the life of a PhD’, MBA recruitment presentation, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Dec, 2013).
  • ‘How mega-events and local festivals impact on local business’, Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge, UK (Oct, 2013).
  • ‘Urban development and the strategic use of mega-events’, Anglia Ruskin University, UK (Mar, 2013).

Media experience

  • ‘The economic benefit of Bank Holiday weekends on the South East regional economy’, Interview, ITV Anglia (September, 2015).
  • ‘Tourism expert warns Cambridge city centre is becoming “too standardised”, Article, Cambridge News (23 June, 2015).
  • ‘Economic and tourism challenges for Cambridge’, TV Interview, Cambridge TV (22 June, 2015).
  • ‘Tourism in Cambridge could threaten city’s unique identity’, Live Radio Interview, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (22 June, 2015).
  • ‘Festivals help foodie brand’, Article, Cambridge News (27 May, 2015).
  • ’21st century food and drink festivals – impacts on the city and its local traders‘, Radio Interview, Cambridge 105 (4 Apr, 2015).
  • ‘University in Games plea to companies’, Article, Croydon Advertiser (6 March, 2015).
  • ‘London 2012 – have your say’, Article, London Business Matters (London Chamber ofCommerce national publication) (4 March, 2015).
  • ‘University study sets to count the cost of London 2012 Olympics’, Article, Cambridge News (27 Feb, 2015).
  • ‘What next for the economic legacy of the Tour de France for Cambridge?’, TV Interview, ITV Anglia News (8 July, 2014).
  • ‘Local economic impacts for the 2014 Tour de France in Cambridge’, TV Interview, ITV Anglia News (4 July, 2014).
  • ‘The economic impact of local food and drink festivals’, Radio Interview, Cambridge FM (Oct, 2013).