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Platt, L. & Finkel, R. (2018) Editorial, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism. Leisure and Events, 10 (2), pp. 113-116.
This special issue is not intended to be a stand-alone, one time only, acknowledgement of the issues of equality and diversity in the planned events sector. Indeed, we might argue to rename this a 'call to arms' rather than just a 'special issue'. Events management education is often driven by the needs of industry, and we contend that this can hamstring the research that is often supported by our departments. Although bridging the principles and practices of events management is mainly considered the goal of research into planned events, we argue that this sells the subject short. Along with simply responding to industry trends and developments, we argue there is a need to further develop robust empirical research and debate which is underpinned by engagement with critical theory. Long-lasting and meaningful impact and positive change do not happen without this. Structural inequalities need more than tokenism or short-term interventions, as these can do more to disguise a problem that erases it all together (Ahmed, 2012 and also Fletcher and Hylton, 2017).