This blog will be a space for sharing my thoughts and some findings in relation to my particular area of research interest – parades and processions.

I completed my PhD in 2011 and started teaching as a lecturer in tourism and events at the end of 2010 at Liverpool John Moores University. My PhD explored identity performance in relation to the Liverpool European Capital of Culture and was underpinned by social anthropology and performance studies (I completed a BA (hons) Drama from University of Manchester in 2005). I am now at Manchester Metropolitan University where I am Senior Lecturer in Festival and Event Management in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Brief CV


Senior Lecturer in Festival and Events Management
Manchester Metropolitan University
(Aug 2015-Present)

Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management
Liverpool John Moores University
(Dec 2010 – July 2015)

Programme Leader for BA (hons) Events Management
Liverpool John Moores University
(Sept 2013-August 2015)

Sessional Lecturer
University of Salford – Centre for Heritage Studies
(October 2009 – May 2010)


PhD: Performing Liverpool
Liverpool John Moores University (Awarded July 2011)

Postgraduate Certification in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Liverpool John Moores University (Sept 2011- Sept 2012) – Distinction

MA Arts and Museum Management
University Of Salford  (Oct 2004 – Sept 2005)  – Distinction

BA (Hons) Drama
University of Manchester  (Sept 2001 – June 2004) – First Class Degree


Coyle, T. & Platt. L. (2018) Feminist Politics in the Festival Space In: Mair, J. Handbook of Festivals. Routledge

Cunningham, I. & Platt, L (2018). Bidding for UK City of Culture: challenges of delivering a bottom-up approach ‘in place’ for a top-down strategy led scheme. Journal of Place Management and Development.

Fletcher, T. & Platt, L. (2018). (Just) A Walk in the Park: Animal Geographies and Negotiating Walking Space. Social and Cultural Geography Vol 19 (2)

Platt, L. (2017). Crafting Place: Women’s Everyday Creativity in Placemaking Processes. European Journal of Cultural Studies Onlinefirst

Lamond, I. & Platt, L. (eds) (2016). Critical Event Studies: Approaches to Research. Palgrave

Platt, L.C. (2014). Dealing with the Myths: Injurious Speech and Negative Interpellation in the Construction of Tourism Places. In: Andrews, H. (ed). Tourism and Violence. Ashgate

Platt, L.C. (2014). Transformation and the Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. In: Moufakkir, O. & Pernecky, T. (eds). Ideological, Social and Cultural Aspects of Events. CABI

Platt, L. C. (2014). The ‘wicked problem’ of reflective practice: A critical literature review. Innovations in Practice

Platt, L.C. (2010). Liverpool 08 and the performativity of identity. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. Vol 3 (1) 31-43

Academic Citizenship
Executive Committee Member of the Leisure Studies Association (Digital Communications Officer)
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Member of the Institute of Place Management
External examiner: Queen Margaret’s University and University of the West of England