Ruth Dowson, Senior Lecturer

Ruth Dowson

Senior Lecturer

With over 25 years' experience in events delivery, in public and private sectors, Rev. Ruth Dowson has taught at UKCEM since 2007. Her research is on the eventisation of faith. Ruth is a priest in the Church of England.

As an events practitioner, Ruth developed considerable leadership expertise and has managed thousands of events, including 11 years in operational management of 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. She is co-author of the textbook: Event Planning & Management

Ruth’s specialist research interests include the eventisation of faith, 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, religious and spiritual events and tourism. She has other research interests in event planning and management, conference design and logistics, new types of business events and conferences, introducing interactivity in event content design, personality and communication e.g. MBTI, NLP, business events, event evaluation, public sector events and procurement, venues for conferences, client management, project management, team development, weddings, raves and political events. Since 2014, she has also published work on planning and managing events, church events and community, events as pilgrimage, spiritual and religious events and festivals, rituals in religious events, and illegal raves.

 

Current Teaching

2020-21

  • Level 5: Personal Tutor, Professional Event Practice 2; Celebration, Ritual and Culture (Module Leader)
  • Placement Year: Personal Tutor
  • Level 6: Business Event Production; Strategic Venue Operations Management (Module Leader); Independent Project / Dissertation
  • Masters: Independent Project / Dissertation

2021-22

  • Fdn: Introduction to Careers in ETHM
  • L4: Personal Tutor, Professional Event Practice 1
  • Level 5: Celebration, Ritual and Culture (Module Leader)
  • Placement Year: Personal Tutor
  • Level 6: Business Event Production; Strategic Venue Operations Management (Module Leader); Independent Project / Dissertation
  • Masters: Independent Project / Dissertation

Research Interests

Ruth’s specialist research interest for her PhD by publication focuses on the eventisation of faith. Recent publications and conference presentations in the Vatican, Belgrade and Jerusalem consider the impacts of the extended use of religious heritage buildings for events and the eventisation of religious heritage objects. The impact of Ruth's research is felt in church organisations around the world; at the Vatican she shared her research into the event management implications for the use of decommissioned churches for events, at an international conference that agreed the guidelines for Roman Catholic Dioceses and churches around the world.

Ruth is also co-author of Event Planning & Management, a core textbook, now in its second edition. This resource is widely used as a practical tool in industry as well as in teaching events management at degree level.

 
Ruth Dowson, Senior Lecturer

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  4. Religion

Selected Outputs

  • Albert B; Dowson R (2021) Developing the ‘Cultural Risk Assessment’: teaching events management with a focus on diverse faith communities. In: Association of Event Management Educators Conference 2021: Event Principles and Practice - a level playing field?, 1 July 2021 - 2 July 2021, University of Brighton.

  • Dowson R (2021) Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the Pandemic: Contemplating the Face of Christ with Mary – The Magdala Experience. In: The Institute for Pilgrimage Studies Virtual Symposium 2021, 21 January 2021, William & Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia (online).

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmu06ygT54i6X-u7dBNhZPA

  • Dowson R (2020) Religious Pilgrimage: Experiencing People, Objects and Events. In: International Research Seminar. Pilgrimage: Motivation and Identity of Abrahamic Faith, 22 January 2020 - 25 January 2020, Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Dowson R (2019) Theological Differences in Approaches to the Secondary use of Churches for Religious Tourism and Event Activities. In: 10th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conference, 26 June 2019 - 29 June 2019, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia.

  • Dowson R (2017) Anglican Experiences of Mary: An English Perspective. In: The International Conference on Niche-Market Formation for Faith-Based Tourism: Issues and Policies in Faith-Based Tourism Travel Business, 19 October 2017 - 22 October 2017, Malta.

  • Dowson R (2017) The Eventization of Religious Heritage: Case Studies and Practical Considerations. In: The International Conference on Niche-Market Formation for Faith-Based Tourism: Issues and Policies in Faith-Based Tourism Travel Business, 19 October 2017 - 22 October 2017, Malta.

  • Dowson R (2017) Biker Revs on tour: Pilgrimage motivations of motorbiking vicars from Leeds Diocese. In: 9th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conference, 28 June 2017 - 1 July 2017, Armeno, Orta Lake, Italy.

  • Dowson R (2016) A Typology of Christian Mega-Events in the 21st Century. In: 8th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conference, 1 June 2016 - 4 June 2016, Konya, Turkey.

  • Dowson R (2016) Researching the parish – a view from ordination training to publication. In: Faith in Research Annual Conference, 18 May 2016, Birmingham, England.

    https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/facts-stats/research-statistics/faith-in-research-conferences/faith-in-research-2016.aspx

  • Dowson R (2014) Rural events in the new mega-diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. In: Future for Religious Heritage Conference: Sustaining Europe's Rural Religious Heritage, 29 October 2014 - 1 November 2014, Halle, Germany.

  • Dowson R (2014) The eventization of religious tourism and pilgrimage: An In-Depth Case Study of the Lindisfarne Gospels. In: Promoting and Experiencing Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage: ATLAS Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Special Interest Group, 20 June 2014 - 23 June 2014, Vesprem Hungary.

  • Dowson R (2014) Religion, Community and Events. In: The Church of England Archbishops’ Council Conference Faith in Research: The role of the Church in Society, 4 June 2014, Novotel Birmingham.

    View Repository Record

  • Dowson R (2014) The ‘eventization’ of (religious) heritage. In: Centrum voor Religieuze Kunst en Cultuur. Annual Movable Religious Heritage Conference on 'Heritage and Economics', 6 May 2014, Leuven, Belgium.

  • Dowson R (2013) The eventization of movable religious heritage objects: The Lindisfarne Gospels – A case study. In: Future for Religious Heritage: Movable Religious Heritage, 3 November 2013 - 5 November 2013, Utrecht Netherlands.

  • Dowson R; Roberts K (2013) Rave Culture – Free Party or Protest?. In: Events as protest, protest as events, 12 June 2013, Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • Dowson R (2013) Marketing and Consuming Religion: Events, T-shirts, Tattoos and Tweets. In: British Sociological Society: Sociology of Religion (SOCREL) SIG Conference: Marketing and consuming religion, 9 April 2013 - 10 April 2013, University of Durham, England.

  • Dowson R (2012) Anglican and non-denominational approaches to extended use of religious heritage buildings. In: Future for Religious Heritage. Extended Use of Religious Heritage Buildings Conference, 14 November 2012 - 17 November 2012, Venice Italy.

  • eds. Dowson R; Yaqub J; Raj R (2019) Tourist Motivations for Spiritual Journeys. uk: CABI.

  • Dowson R; Bassett D (2018) Event Planning and Management Principles, Planning and Practice. Kogan Page Publishers.

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

  • Dowson R (2021) Managing complex issues in religious and spiritual events, festivals and celebrations. In: Olsen D; Timothy D ed. Routledge Handbook of Religious and Spiritual Tourism. New York: Routledge,

  • Dowson R; Lomax D (2021) Event Logistics (Transport). In: Vickerman R ed. International Encyclopedia of Transportation. Amsterdam: Elsevier,

  • Dowson R (2019) Repurposing Sacred Buildings – Events Management Issues. In: Capanni F ed. Doesn’t God Dwell Here Anymore? Decommissioning Places of Worship and Integrated Management of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage.. Rome, Italy: Editoriale Artimede, Rome, Italy, pp. 445456-456.

  • Dowson R (2019) Motivations to visit sacred historical objects: The Lindisfarne Gospels’ visit to Durham 2013 - A sacred journey?. In: Dowson R; Raj R; Yaqub J ed. Spiritual and Religious Tourism: Motivations and Management. Wallingford: CABI, pp. 109-121.

  • Dowson R (2019) The role of ritual in sacred journeys. In: Dowson R; Raj R; Yaqub J ed. Religious Tourism: Motivations and Management. Wallingford UK: CABI, pp. 9-20.

  • Dowson R; Raj R; Yaqub J (2019) Introduction. In: Dowson R; Raj R; Yaqub J ed. Spiritual and Religious Tourism: Motivations and Management. Wallingford, UK: CABI, pp. 1-8.

  • Dowson R (2018) Religious and spiritual festivals and events. In: Mair J ed. The Routledge Handbook of Festivals. London: Routledge, pp. 313-322.

  • Lamond I; Dowson R (2017) Religion and politics - events, authenticity and meaning: A dialogical approach. In: Jepson A; Clarke A ed. Power, Construction and Meaning in Festivals. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 153-167.

  • Dowson R (2015) Religion, Community and Events. In: Jepson A; Clarke A ed. Exploring Community Festivals and Events. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 169-186.

  • Dowson R; Lomax D; Saltibus B (2014) Rave Culture: Free Party or Protest?. In: lamond I; Spracklen K ed. Protests As Events Politics, Activism and Leisure. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated, pp. 191-210.