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Ruth Dowson

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With over 25 years' experience in events delivery, in public and private sectors, since 2007, Ruth has taught events management. Her PhD study is on the role of events in church culture. Ruth is a priest in the Church of England.

As an events practitioner, Ruth developed considerable leadership expertise and has over 25 years’ experience in events delivery, in the UK in both public and private sectors, having managed thousands of events, including 11 years managing a venue. In 2007, Ruth moved into teaching events management at the UK Centre for Events Management, and became a level leader, with pastoral responsibility for Level 5 and later for final year students. She led the successful development and delivery of the online Masters Course in Events Management in 2008, as well as being Course Leader 2009-2011 of the BA (Hons) Conference & Exhibition Management, and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Events Management, and HND Events Management 2011-2014.

Ruth is a priest in the Church of England, and her PhD studies focus on the role of events in church culture.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Event Management
  • Event Venues and Resources (Level 6) Module Leader
  • Business Event Production (Level 6)
  • Independent Project / Dissertation (Level 6)
  • Celebration Ritual and Culture (Level 5) Module Leader
  • Personal Tutor (Level 4)

Research Interests

Ruth’s wide ranging research interests include the extended use of religious heritage buildings for events, and the eventisation of religious heritage objects, religious heritage events, objects and buildings, religious events as pilgrimage, conference design and logistics, new types of business events and conferences, unconferences, introducing interactivity, personality and communication e.g. MBTI, NLP, spirituality and events management, business events, event planning and evaluation, public sector events and procurement, venues for conferences, client management, project management, team development, weddings, raves and political events. Since 2014, she has published work on planning and managing events, church events and community, events as pilgrimage, and illegal raves.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (1)

  • Dowson R (2016), Event as Spiritual Pilgrimage: A Case Study of the 'Cherish' Christian Women's Conference. International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, vol. 4 (ii), p. 12-28.
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Books (1)

  • Dowson R; Bassett D (2015) Event Planning and Management A Practical Handbook for PR and Events Professionals. PR in Practice Series . Kogan Page Limited.

Chapters (2)

  • Dowson R (2015) Religion, Community and Events. In: Dowson R Exploring Community Festivals and Events. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 169-186.
  • Dowson R; Lomax D; Saltibus B (2014) Rave Culture: Free Party or Protest?. In: Dowson R; Lomax D; Saltibus B Protests As Events Politics, Activism and Leisure. : Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated, pp. 191-210.

Conference contributions (7)

  • Dowson R (2014) The eventization of religious tourism and pilgrimage: An In-Depth Case Study of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Vesprem Hungary 20140620. : .
  • Dowson R (2014) Religion, Community and Events Novotel Birmingham 20140604. : .
  • Dowson R (2014) The 'eventization' of (religious) heritage Leuven, Belgium 20140506. : .
  • Dowson R (2013) The eventization of movable religious heritage objects: The Lindisfarne Gospels - A case study Utrecht Netherlands 20131103. : .
  • Dowson R; Roberts K (2013) Rave Culture - Free Party or Protest? Leeds Metropolitan University 20130612. London: Rowman & Littlefield International..
  • Dowson R (2013) Marketing and Consuming Religion: Events, T-shirts, Tattoos and Tweets University of Durham, England 20130409. : .
  • Dowson R (2012) Anglican and non-denominational approaches to extended use of religious heritage buildings Venice Italy 20121114. : .
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