International Centre for the Study of Planned Events

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The International Centre for the Study of Stuff that Happens
Type Public
Established 2008
Executive Director Professor Joe Goldblatt
Administrative staff
Kuan-wen Lin(林冠文), Research Coordinator & PhD Student
Location Musselburgh, Scotland, UK
Nickname ICSPE

The International Centre for the Study of Planned Events(ICSPE) is a research centre within the School of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, Scotland, founded in 2008.[1] Professor Joe Goldblatt, is the founding director and the author of the first textbook in the field of events management.[2]

The Centre which is located in Edinburgh, the site of the Edinburgh festival, is the world’s first International Centre for the Study of Planned Events through scientific research and is the first Global Centre for the development of Eventology [3] [4]

The International Centre is the only institution of its kind in the world dedicated to providing government, event professionals and sponsors with scientific evidence of the linkages between planned events and education, health, wealth, the meaning of life, environmental sustainability and social cohesion.[5] The International Centre provides assessment and evaluation, research and development services for government officials and policy makers, event professionals in corporations, festivals, sports and corporate sponsors.[6]

The Centre conducts research to advance the formation of government policy and promote industry sustainability in the field of Planned Events such as festivals, fairs, conferences and meetings.[7] The Centre assists the festival and events industry to identify predictable, reliable and sustainable funding [8] [9] .[10] It also provides evidence of how Planned Events can promote social cohesion, improved educational and health outcomes, sustainable environmental advancement as well as bringing economic benefits to society.[1][11]

The Centre was launched on 21st Aug, 2008 with a public lecture presented by Jean McFaddin, executive producer of the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Scottish university launches world's first International Centre for Events". Queen Margaret University. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Dr. Joe Goldblatt". Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ "2008 IFEA Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP – Lecturer Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland". International Festivals & Events Association. 29 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Let BEaM help you with your Events" (PDF). BEaM News. Queen Margaret University. February 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Hands across Atlantic for a festival study". Edinburgh Evening News. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  6. ^ "The brochure for the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events". International Centre for the Study of Planned Events. Queen Margaret University. 
  7. ^ Williams, Scott (2009-07-20). "thinking of starting a Scottish festival? Professor Joe Goldblatt has much advice". efestivals. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  8. ^ McLean, Pauline (2009-07-19). "Festivals fear future funds squeeze". BBC Scotland. BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Academics identify scheme to generate millions". The Drama Student Online. The Drama Student Online. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  10. ^ Finkel, Rebecca; Joe Goldblatt; Kuan-wen Lin (2009). "An Exploratory Study to Identify Sustainable Funding Alternatives for Cultural Events in Edinburgh and Glasgow" (PDF). International Centre for the Study of Planned Events. 1. Retrieved 2009-08-06. [dead link]
  11. ^ Brown, Craig (2009-07-17). "Wish you were here, as visitors fall". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

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