Green Bubbles is a EU-funded project dedicated to sustainable recreational SCUBA diving. Recreational SCUBA diving has become a mass leisure activity engaging millions of divers worldwide. The diving industry generates large direct and indirect revenues for coastal communities and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Other benefits linked to diving include the promotion of ocean stewardship, contribution to scientific research, fostering social inclusion and personal development. Yet, diving has also negative impacts, due to damage or disturbance of habitats and organisms, and to conflicts with local communities for the access to/use of the same resources, equity issues, or cultural clashes. The central objective of Green Bubbles is to maximise the benefits associated with diving while minimising its negative impacts, thus achieving the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the system.
Poster of speakers for Green Bubbles Open Workshop
On 26-27 September, Green Bubbles had its first open workshop, in Santa Margherita Ligure, in Italy. Dr Lenia Marques, from the Department of Events and Leisure, was one
of the keynote speakers, bringing leisure and tourism integrated approaches into the discussion.
The workshop brought together many local and international stakeholders and it was a moment not only of discussion of different perspectives, but also of synergy creation.
It was a successful workshop and we look forward to seeing the developments of the rest of the project as
well as the future projects which started to emerge from this meeting.
Green Bubbles workshop
Please check out the links and follow the project on social media:
Official website: www.greenbubbles.eu
Social media hashtags: #GreenBubblesRISE #GreenBubblesproject #sustainable #diving
For more information at BU, please contact Dr Lenia Marques, email@example.com.
BU had a strong presence at the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research) annual conference which took place in the historic town of Canterbury, between 13-16 September, on “Tourism, Lifestyles and Locations”.
BU has been a member of the ATLAS network for many years and Dr Lenia Marques was one of the founders of the Special Interest Group on Events back in 2010. The group is very active and has several ongoing projects and collaborations amongst its members.
Several BU academics presented and discussed their research in Canterbury. Dr Hanaa Osman and Dr Lorraine Brown presented a piece of research which touches upon the status of women in tourism and which provoked debate on intercultural issues. Dr Anya Chapman presented her work on piers, which are so important for UK coastal destinations, such as Bournemouth. Dr Jaeyeon Choe presented her research on tourism and quality of life in Macao and we should congratulate her on her first attendance as the ATLAS Asia representative on the board.
Dr Lenia Marques presented her research on events and communities and practice among expats in a panel organised together with the Department of Events and Leisure and the Department of Tourism and Hospitality dedicated to “Lifestyle and communities: sharing in the digital era”. The panel, put together by Dr. Lenia Marques, Juliette Hecquet and Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis, aimed at discussing new trends in the fields of leisure and tourism connected to lifestyle and the sharing economy.
Overall, the discussions at the conference were animated and friendly, raising some of the big issues of our time. Collaborations, projects and further developments will surely continue in the run-up to the next ATLAS annual conference to be held in Viana do Castelo, Portugal (12-16 September 2017) under the theme “Destinations past, present and future”.
After nearly a year, the Fusion project on Social interaction in the event experience led by Dr Lenia Marques (Department of Event and Leisure, Faculty of Management) came to an end. The main aim of the project was to develop tools to better analyse the experience of events for audiences, focusing in particular on the social interaction part of the event experience.
Participants in the ATLAS SIG Events, UOC, Spain
Overall, the project was successful, contributing to advances in research and also to reinforcing and expanding an international network in the field of events, and also feeding into leisure and tourism.
Several meetings took place between the partners of the project (U.K.,Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Romania) and also involved other partners along the way (Brazil and South Africa).The first results were presented in two conferences and the outputs will be published shortly.
Discussing preliminary results
The project shed new light on the different dimensions of the event experience, and in particular how audiences interact with each other in and beyond the event. This is only considered as a beginning, since the partners are continuing to using the tools and work together towards using the results and developing professional practice advice.
Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization at the World Leisure Congress, South Africa
As principal investigator, I’m very satisfied with the outcomes and look forward to building on the work of the past year. This is also the time to publicly acknowledge all the partners who supported and gave valuable input to the project, as well as all the students, who in one way or the other, contributed to this project. To all those who assisted, a big thank you.
MSc Irena Paszkiewicz (Faculty of Management) was representing BU students at the first World Leisure Congress on the African continent which was hosted by the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) in Durban, from 27 – 30 June 2016. Bournemouth University was also represented by two members of academic staff, Dr. Lenia Marques and Dr. Dorothy Fox.
The aim of the 2016 WLO Congress was to explore “Challenges, Choices and Consequences” by creating a platform for professionals from diverse fields to interact, share and present a context for leisure services and opportunities. Speakers and delegates represented many countries, communities and academic fields. The benefits of leisure has been widely documented and the congress highlighted the importance of an integrated approach using leisure services to improve the human condition, transform spaces and boost the economy (www.larasa.org.za).
Irena presented her MSc research, supervised by Dr. Lorraine Brown, with the topic “Food as a Leisure Social Practice among Polish Immigrants in the UK’, receiving positive feedback. The event also served as a good platform for Irena to increase her network around these topics (in the photo, Irena with Maliga Naidoo – President of Larasa and Chair of 2016 WLO Congress and Prof. Miklos Banhidi, responsible for many youth-related projects worldwide).
Another important part of the experience, was the interaction with the international field school (with students from South Africa, Canada, Brazil and The Netherlands) about the Green Hub Project in Inanda Dam. The project involved a range of cultural tourism and ecotourism products in the area. The field school students, hosted by the Durban Green Corridor (DGC), organization that offers adventure and eco tours along the uMngeni River Valley, presented their recommendation for the Inanda community development at the congress.
Finally, on the 2nd of July Irena visited Durban July Races, a very colourful and important event in South Africa. This allowed the close involvement to research and data collection of a project lead by Dr Lenia Marques on the social dimensions of the event experience.
Altogether, it was a very challenging and valuable experience which hopefully will add to Irena’s future research work, but also professional and personal skills. This professional journey was only possible with the support of Global Horizons Fund from Bournemouth University.
(text by Irena Paszkiewicz)
It’s with great pleasure that we invite you to submit an abstract to a special track on “Lifestyle and communities: sharing in the digital era” of the ATLAS annual conference. It will take place in Canterbury, Kent, UK, 14th-16th September 2016.
Please see below for details, or click here… and share!
Led by: Lenia Marques, Jules Hecquet and Dimitrios Buhalis (Bournemouth University, UK)
Supported by: ETourism Lab
The leisure and tourism landscape has been subject to rapid changes in a world where internet and technologies have contributed to shape experiences, relationships, practices and lifestyles. In the network society, the sense of community is also varied and we can interrogate different meanings, values and practices at the heart of changing social interactions. The boundaries between online and offline communities seem to be blurred and they present new societal challenges, which also affect the industry, namely with sharing economy / collaborative consumption practices and communities (such as AirBnB, Uber, Couchsurfing, Meetup, Mealsharing, etc.).
The causes and consequences of such platforms in terms of lifestyle and the sense of community is yet to be studied. Therefore, we welcome papers which may explore, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Online/offline communities and lifestyle
- Sharing economy / collaborative consumption and lifestyle
- Social interaction in the digital era
- Leisure digital practices
- Events as online/offline communities of practice
- Digital technologies in the tourism experience
- Lifestyle challenges in leisure and tourism
- Impacts of sharing economy / collaborative consumption in conventional industry production systems
- Research methods in the context of sharing economy / collaborative consumption
The convenors are looking at possibilities for publication.
For more details, click here or contact Dr Lenia Marques, firstname.lastname@example.org .
*Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Dr Phil Crowther, from Sheffield Hallam University (Sheffield Business School), will be on a short visit to BU where he will meet researchers from the Department of Events and Leisure to exchange and explore potential research opportunities (8th March 2016).
“Designing ‘Playful’ Business Events” is the title of his guest lecture, where Dr Phil Crowther explores the very serious nature of play in the design of business events.
We invite you to join this session, to the limit of seating capacity, on the 8th March 2016, Allesbrook Lecture Hall (Talbot Campus), 1 p.m.
For a little bit more on Dr Phil Crowther, please read below his story in the first person.
Would you like to know more details on this visit or to join us in the research meeting programme, please email Dr Lenia Marques, email@example.com .
My first degree was in Recreation Management from Loughborough University, graduating in 1995. Since then I have enjoyed a career in recreation / leisure / tourism / event management for eleven years, running cinemas, theme parks, and health and racquet clubs as General Manager. During this time I had the pleasure of designing and delivering such highlights as film premiers, celebrity birthday parties, and large team building events. During my industry career I completed a part-time MBA in Executive General Management which was my pathway back into universities. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching, researching, and delivering continuing professional development (CPD) events and consultancy in the area of Event Management.
My teaching focuses heavily on strategy and events, leading teaching on modules such as Event Policy and Planning, Strategic Event Design, and Strategic Event Creation. My research focusses specifically upon Marketing Events, part of the Experiential Marketing eruption, and I have published a number of journal papers. I have recently edited a book entitled Strategic Event Creation with colleagues which sets out an agenda for the practice, and teaching, of events. Most recently completed my PhD entitled ‘Strategic Application of Marketing Events’ which continues to be my main interest.
Beyond that I have two fabulous daughter, a wonderful partner, and two amazing dogs called Baxter and Will. I also have a passion for running and was most recently, in January this year, running the Hong Kong Marathon in pouring rain.
The Board of Directors of World Leisure Organization (WLO) just welcomed Dr Lenia Marques as a member for the mandate 2016-2018.
“Founded in 1952, World Leisure, is a world-wide, non-governmental association of persons and organizations dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development and well-being.” (WLO, 2016)
Among different partners and collaborators, WLO has been working with universities, industry and international bodies, such as the United Nations.
One of the highlights of WLO forthcoming activities is the congress in Durban (South Africa), on which Dr Lenia Marques is member of the scientific committee. In this congress she will also present part of her ongoing research on online and offline leisure practices within events studies.
There are still opportunities for UG and PG students to participate both in the congress (speakers, posters or volunteers) and in the international fieldschool in Durban (24 June – 2 July 2016). This is a very exciting opportunity for students, in particular in the areas of Leisure, Events, Tourism, Sports and Recreation.
For more information on the WLO, the WLO congress or student opportunities, please contact Dr Lenia Marques, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Lenia Marques recently visited Recife, in Brazil, where she was invited as a keynote speaker for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism at the Federal University of Pernambuco. The audience warmly welcomed her presentation on creative economy, tourism and events.
Besides this talk, Dr. Lenia Marques participated in a number of other meetings, including discussions to prepare future projects related to the development of creative economy activities in Pernambuco State. These meetings involved different stakeholders, including representatives of the public administration, creative entrepreneurs and NGO’s. One of the outputs of this collaboration is a study on network sociality, which has now been submitted for publication.
Prof. Lee Miles and Dr. Lenia Marques presented their latest research outcomes at the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education) annual conference, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal), between 20-23 October 2015.
In this international encounter, the topics and discussion were around the umbrella theme of “Risk in travel and tourism: Geographies, behaviours and strategies”.
Prof. Lee Miles, representing the Disaster Management Centre developed further contact and cooperation with scholars of tourism by presenting two papers at the conference. The first single authored paper was on “Integrating Crisis Management and Tourism? Key Roles for Policy Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Resilience?” that represents an area of major research development at BUDMC. This was followed by an additional paper, co-authored with colleague Richard Gordon, that explored conceptualising blame wars during and after the onset of disasters affecting the tourist sector, entitled “Blame Games and Meaning Making: Influencing Decision-Making on Disasters for Tourist Destinations”.
Dr. Lenia Marques participated in an ATLAS SIG (special interest group) meeting with a focus on events, which she has been part of since its foundation in 2011. In this meeting, she presented the first results of a joint research project with Maria Podesta, researcher at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). The paper analysed how knowledge-based events are playing a strategic role in place-making. This topic relates closely to the challenges policy-makers and the events sector are currently facing in developing relationships between urban development and social cohesion.
The papers led to fruitful discussions and the conference was also a good opportunity for networking activities.
Events have been a rapidly developing field of study in recent years, and a growing body of knowledge is consolidating around Event Management. This is a field where BU is a leading university both in terms of education and research.
Although many economic impact studies have been conducted on events, many other related areas of knowledge lack in-depth understanding. Both from the professional field and from academia, there is a clear need to better understand the experiential and sociological dimensions of events. This will allow for improved practices in the field, increasing competitiveness on the long-term. Although experiential aspects of events are embedded in recent curricula, such as in the Events Management course at BU, the need to provide (future) professionals with update know-how is a pressing matter.
For more information about this project, please contact Lénia Marques (email@example.com).