Dan worked as a promoter, DJ and event manager across a range of independent venues and festivals during the 90's and 00's before joining the lecturing team in 2010 at Leeds Metropolitan University with a specialism in event planning and production.
His research interests focus on understanding experience and service innovation in the independent music event sector. In addition he has interests in events design and production particularly focused on developing unique and innovative attendee experiences.
Dan is currently Level 4 leader and Placement and Employability lead for the BA Events Management course. As part of these roles he oversees personal tutoring delivery and support for students in first year and manages the process of preparing students for their placement year.
Dan currently teaches on the Event Production, Festival Management, Creative Event Design, Event Planning, Staging Safe Events and Professional Event Practice modules. He is also a mentor for the level 5 live event delivery assessment.
Dan is currently undertaking an PhD focused on understanding how SME music businesses innovate and develop their events in a climate of resource scarcity with a focus on social capital and social network theory.
He has also a wider interest in music events and has looked at; employability motivations of events management students working at music festivals; the role of internships in the festival sector in developing professional social networks and social capital, and the ad-hoc organisational structure of un-licensed dance music event organisers.