Rob is an Honorary Associate of the UTS Business School and is also the Honorary Director of The Australian Centre for Event Management UTS. Rob has been actively involved in event management training, education and curriculum development for over 10 years. Rob has also worked extensively with a range of organisations, including Tourism NSW, Arts ACT, MIAA, AFTA and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority as a consultant and industry advisor. Rob was a foundation director of the Festivals and Events Association of Australia and was the instigator of the established Event Education and Research Network Australia. He is co-author of the popular text Festivals and Event Management which is now in its fifth edition.
- sustainable event management
- large scale events and environmental planning
- event project management
- event evaluation
Harris, R, Williams, P & Griffin, T 2012, Sustainable Tourism, Routledge.
The major areas addressed in this edited volume are: * perspectives and issues associated with the concept of sustainable tourism development * accreditation, education and interpretation, including specific examples such as Green Globe 21, ...
Australia is the first country to develop an international Olympic caravan to cater for the requirements of large-scale sporting and cultural events. Australians have promoted innovations in ceremonies, sports presentation, the design and look of events, new forms of media and other areas. The caravan was a direct product of the acclaimed Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Many individuals and firms responded to post-event opportunities to develop a brand that was exceptionally strong. As a result, Australians have dominated this field over the past decade. Since the caravan has largely operated offshore and outside the usual parameters of business, the achievements of many Australians have not been properly understood and recognised. The story of the Australian Olympic caravan is one that needs to be told because it has enhanced the countrys reputation abroad and contributed to the knowledge economy. The caravan demonstrates how this new form of legacy has emerged over a long period through imagination, inventiveness and a 'can do' spirit.
McDonnell, IG, J, A, O'Toole, W & Harris, R 2011, Festival and Special Event management 5th edition, 5th, Wiley, Brisbane Australia.
Best selling text on event management
McDonnell, IG, Bowdin, G & O'Toole, W 2006, Events Management, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, UK.
Allen, J, O'Toole, W, Harris, R & McDonnell, IG 2005, Festival and Special Event Management, John Willey & Sons, Milton, Australia.
Howard, J & Harris, R 2001, The Australian Travel Agency, McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
As an aid to ensuring that people entering the retail travel sector have the skills
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Harris, R & Howard, J 1996, Dictionary of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Terms.
This dictionary is designed to meet the needs of both students undertaking programmes of study at operational, supervisory and management levels in travel, tourism, and hospitality within Australia and New Zealand, and professionals ...
Harris, R & Leiper, N 1995, Sustainable Tourism An Australian Perspective.
Harris, R & Schlenker, K 2018, 'An Exploratory Study of "Best Practice" in Environmentally Sustainable Event Management in Australian Public Events', Event Management, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1057-1071.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This study seeks to provide insights into "best practice" in the area of environmentally sustainable event management in Australian public events. In performing this role, it aims to: determine forces acting to drive engagement with environmental management practices; identify the key challenges event owners and managers face in seeking to adopt such practices; determine types of environmentally sustainable practices currently in use; establish how events are measuring their environmental performance; and identify those factors serving to facilitate or inhibit engagement by events with an environmental agenda. The article begins with a literature review of research germane to the study, along with an overview of the methodology employed. Key findings emerging from the application of this methodology suggest that actions in this area: have increasingly become an aspect of overall event planning; target multiple areas with the potential to generate environmental impacts; are driven primarily by organizer values and attendee and community expectations; and face constraints linked largely to the availability of resources, expertise, and time. This article acknowledges that the planning and delivery of environmentally sustainable events has become one of the critical challenges facing public event management, and as such it seeks to make a meaningful contribution to both the growing academic literature in this area, and equally importantly, to industry practice.
© 2016 Cognizant, LLC. The impact of public events on their host communities has been an area of increasing researcher focus over the past decade. While acknowledging this, little effort has been directed at identifying those practices purposefully employed by the organizers of such events for community engagement purposes. This exploratory study, undertaken in the Australian context, seeks to go some way towards addressing this gap in the literature by examining one type of public event-folk festivals-which anecdotally have a reputation for being proactive in the area of community engagement. The methodology for this study involved an extensive literature review, a series of in-depth interviews with senior managers of selected folk festivals (20), and an examination of secondary data sources relating to these same events. An analysis of this material resulted in the identification of a number of community engagement practices. These practices were grouped under three broad headings: transactional, transitional, or transformational. Additionally, a number of factors were identified as drivers for the adoption of these practices, while others were found to impact upon their use and/or effectiveness. It was also determined that a broad range of formal and informal community groups were embraced through the community engagement process. The significance of the findings from this study lie in their capacity to provide event organizers, both in the folk festival area and the broader public events field, with a deeper appreciation of the range of potential community engagement practices, along with key considerations in their use, as they seek to build a positive operational climate within their host communities.
Harris, R, Edwards, D & Homel, P 2014, 'Managing Alcohol and Drugs in Event and Venue Settings: The Australian Case', Event Management: an international journal, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 457-470.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
One of the major challenges of operating events and venues is that of managing attendee/patron alcohol and drug use. In the Australian context, a rising number of alcohol and drug-related incidents in and around these settings have resulted in a renewed focus on how these negative outcomes can be more effectively controlled. In order to aid those charged with the task of addressing this matter—event and venue managers, police, security firms, alcohol and drug regulatory bodies, and governments at all levels—this article seeks to identify those variables with the potential to impact this management issue. Further, it aims to provide the previously identified stakeholders with a deeper appreciation of the raft of practices that are currently in use, and potentially available to them, as they build responses to this challenge at the individual state, precinct, venue, or event level. The research approach used involved an extensive literature review and a series of in-depth interviews with key stakeholders across three states—New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.
Harris, R 2014, 'The role of large-scale sporting events in host community education for sustainable development: An exploratory case study of the sydney 2000 olympic games', Event Management, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 207-230.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2014 Cognizant Comm. Corp. This study explores the relationship between large-scale sporting events (LSSEs) and education for sustainable development (EfSD) from the perspective of the host communities in which they take place. Over the past decade there has been an increasing acknowledgement by both the owners of these types of events and their hosting communities that they offer meaningful opportunities to engage in practices linked to EfSD. This acknowledgement, however, has not been accompanied by any discernible interest by researchers. This exploratory study goes some way towards redressing this situation and in so doing provides a platform upon which future research in this area can be built. Additionally, its findings are intended to be of value to communities who are bidding for, or hosting, LSSEs. A case study-based explorative research approach was employed in this inquiry utilizing the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (SOG). This event was chosen in part because its practices in the sustainability area are generally well documented, but more importantly because it represents a watershed event in terms of the engagement of a LSSE with a sustainable development agenda. The conceptual framework used to guide this study drew upon stakeholder theory and the limited literature associated with sustainable development and LSSEs. Secondary data in the form of reports, studies, audio visual, and other material, along with personal interviews, were used to explore the elements of this proposed framework and their relationship to one another. The study found the process of EfSD in the context of the SOG to be: dominated by the government sector; involve a diverse range of programs and initiatives; largely of an informal educational nature; and to have impacted organizations, groups, and individuals (to varying degrees) across the community. The EfSD process was also found to have been influenced by a number of factors, with some serving to strengthen the process, whil...
Harris, R 2013, 'An Exploration of the Relationship between Large Scale Sporting Events and Education for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games', The International Journal of the History of Sport, vol. 30, no. 17, pp. 2069-2097.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This study explores the relationship between large-scale sporting events (LSSEs) and education for sustainable development (ESD). A case study-based explorative research approach was employed utilising the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games (MCG) one of only two LSSEs that have taken place in Australia (the other being the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games) which have purposely sought to engage with a sustainable development agenda. The enquiry concludes that the MCG acted as a vehicle for ESD and in so doing impacted, to varying degrees, organisations, groups and individuals across its host community (the State of Victoria). Various factors were identified that impacted the ESD process in this context. Facilitating factors included the presence of an environmental strategy inclusive of ESD elements; a pre-existing commitment by government to sustainable development; and the use of partnerships by the event's organisers to progress its environmental agenda. Constraints on the ESD process were also identified. Central amongst these were the failure to embrace environmental considerations in the MCG's enabling legislation and the limited resources given over to, and lack of emphasis placed upon, the event's overall environmental programme.
Harris, R 2003, 'Introduction', Event Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-2.
In Australia, the field of event research is relatively young and immature, lacking in consensus as regards research needs and priorities. This article, while not seeking to be prescriptive as regards such needs and priorities, aims to go some way towards laying the foundation upon which more rigorous efforts at establishing a research agenda in the area can be progressed. With this goal in mind, this article seeks first to chart the evolution of the event field in Australia to the point where research has a significant and acknowledged role in its future development. Following on from this discussion, the value to the field of an expanded and prioritized research effort will be considered along with recent preliminary efforts that have sought to progress efforts in this direction. The outcomes of an exploratory study of research priorities involving three broad stakeholder groups, namely, practitioners, government, and academics, will then be discussed. This study involved a review of existing literature to assist in identifying areas for inclusion in the study and as a basis for comparison of results. Outcomes from this study point, among other things, to differing research priorities among stakeholder groups and research gaps in current and proposed research efforts in the field.
Harris, R & Jago, L 2001, 'Professional Accreditation in the Australian tourism industry; an uncertain future', Tourism Management, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 383-390.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site