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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 168 Citations
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Personal profile


Dr Adrian Devine is Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Leisure and Events Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.Adrian’s first degree was in sport studies which he completed at Ulster University (1994). He continued his education on a part-time basis graduating with an MSc in International Tourism Management (1997) and an MSc in Sport, Exercise and Health (1998).In 2008 he completed his PhD which examined Inter-organisational Relationships within the Sports Tourism Policy Arena. From 1994 Adrian worked in both the pubic the private sector in the area of leisure management before joining Ulster University in 2001. He is now a Senior Fellow of the University’s Centre for Higher Education and Research Practice and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.Adrian is also an external examiner for the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. His main areas of research are the impact of events and sports tourism. He has published in a wide range of prestigious international journals such as Tourism Management, Event Management and Public Sector Management. He has won two Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for his research. His current research interests are bonding social capital and the use of social media in event marketing.He is also supervising 3 PhD students and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Hospitality Student Journal.Adrian has been involved in the planning of a number of high profile international events such as the World Police & Fire Games 2013. At local level he has been an adviser to some of Northern Ireland’s largest home grown events including the Super Cup NI and he also works closely with Special Olympics Ireland. He is currently collaborating with the NI Commonwealth Games events team as they prepare to host the 2021 Youth Commonwealth Games.

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Research Output 2004 2019

Building social capital in a divided city – the potential of events

Devine, A. & Quinn, B., 15 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 27, 10, p. 1495-1512 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social capital
qualitative method

Leveraging a festival to build bridges in a divided society

Devine, A., Devine, F. & Quinn, B., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Festivals. Mair, J. (ed.). New York, p. 175-184 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social benefits
6 Citations (Scopus)

The Emerging Smart Event Experience: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Bustard, J., Bolan, P., Devine, A. & Hutchinson, K., 18 May 2018, In : Tourism Review. 74, 1, p. 116-128

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A Strategic Approach to International Event Tourism

Devine, A. & Devine, F., 1 Jan 2017, Events Management - An International Approach. Ferdinand, N. & Kitchin, P. J. (eds.). London, p. 317-333

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Event tourism


Best paper

Clare Carruthers (Recipient), Brenda Mc Carron (Recipient), Adrian Devine (Recipient), Peter Bolan (Recipient) & Una Mc Mahon-Beattie (Recipient), 10 May 2015



Best Tourism Paper

Adrian Devine (Recipient) & Frances Devine (Recipient), 9 Sep 2005


Sport tourism
Tourism marketing

Emerald Literati Award for Excellence 2008, Highly Commended

Frances Devine (Recipient), Tom Baum (Recipient), Niamh Hearns (Recipient) & Adrian Devine (Recipient), 10 Dec 2008


multicultural diversity
honors and awards
Northern Ireland

Emerald Literati Award for Excellence 2012, Highly Commended

Adrian Devine (Recipient), Stephen Boyd (Recipient) & Emily Boyle (Recipient), 8 Dec 2012


tourism policy
public sector

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Journal of Tourism and Development (Journal)

Karise Hutchinson (Reviewer), Peter Bolan (Reviewer), Adrian Devine (Reviewer), John Bustard (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review


The Smart Event Experience: A Many to Many Co-creation

Author: Bustard, J., May 2019

Supervisor: Hutchinson, K. (Supervisor), Bolan, P. (Supervisor) & Devine, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis