Dr Neil Ormerod is a Research Fellow at ICRETH. Neil specialises in evaluation studies within the fields of events, tourism, business and leisure. His current research interests focus on national event funding models and event management education.
Neil joined ICRETH from the University of Exeter in 2014 following the completion of his Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) CASE Studentship PhD. His study, An Examination of the Challenges of Capturing the Value of Adventurous Off-road Cycling: A Perspective from South West England was conducted in partnership with Forestry Commission England and 1 South West Cycle Adventure. The study examined the socio-economic value of off-road cycling at a purpose-built recreation site.
Since joining Leeds Beckett University, Neil has worked on more than 13 evaluation projects including: socio-economic impact studies on behalf of Meetings Professional International (MPI) and the Rugby Football League (RFL); programme evaluations for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); and social impact assessments for Sport Wales, Yorkshire Cricket Partnership and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Recently Neil has contributed to a large-scale study focusing on problem gambling in Leeds, commissioned by Leeds City Council, and worked as an academic adviser for an evaluation of Tourism Northern Ireland’s event funding programme.