Edited by Vassilios Ziakas, Vladimir Antchak & Donald Getz


Dear Colleagues,


we invite contributions to a proposed book on crisis management for events.



Events are from their nature temporal and short-lived, and so susceptible to environmental change, volatility and impeding crises. As the ongoing pandemic crisis apparently demonstrates, the landscape of the event sector is dramatically changing, putting more pressure and demands for event organizations to adapt in the new conditions. At the same time, the emergent environment might create new opportunities for events that will need to be identified and appropriately leveraged. This means that events should develop capacity for readiness, adaptability and resilience to achieve first their own recovery, survival and prosperity, as well as, in turn, to nurture versatility in terms of how events can be employed to serve their host communities' needs in post-crisis recovery. However, there is limited scholarship and comprehensive evidence regarding crisis management for events. Therefore, the proposed title will build knowledge on the particular aspects of crisis management that events are facing.


There is a two-fold purpose that grounds the underlying logics of this volume: (1) managing effectively events in times of crisis, and (2) leveraging events for post-disaster recovery. The volume is intended to bring together theoretical and practical insights in order to set up a robust ground for effective crisis management and recovery strategies of events.



Themes of the book include (but are not limited to) the following:

Theoretical Perspectives of Crisis Management and Recovery for Events

Impacts of Crises on Events and Recovery Strategies

Topical Areas in Crisis Management for Events

  • Human Resources Management – re-engaging laid-off staff and volunteers after a long absence
  • Stakeholder Management – maintaining stakeholder relations (sponsors, suppliers, community, politicians, etc.) when events are cancelled and re-scheduled
  • Financial Management: managing financial losses and re-financing event operations after events are cancelled or postponed
  • Safety and Health during and after a pandemic
  • Crisis Communications for Events

Events as a Means for Community Post-disaster Recovery


Interested authors may submit by email an expression of interest to the editors by 31 May 2020. Proposed topics may be related to the above themes or cover any other relevant topics.


Vassilios Ziakas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vladimir Antchak: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donald Getz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Best wishes,