Portrait of Dr Briony Sharp Dr Briony Sharp

b.sharp@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472493


Position: Lecturer, Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Qualifications: BA (Hons), PhD


Briony joined the Events Management team in July 2017 having completed her PhD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Briony’s academic background specialises in major event legacy, community engagement, social impact and volunteering. Briony currently teaches across the undergraduate programme of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. Prior to joining the university, Briony has worked within Events and Hospitality for a number years ranging from roles within hotel management to major events, including a role at both London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Research and Scholarship

Briony’s current research examines the social impacts from hosting a major event from an individual, community and stakeholder perspective, and the potential social legacy routes developed from these impacts. Her wider research interests include:

  • Event Volunteering
  • Community and social engagement
  • Diversity, inclusion and equality within Event Management
  • Critical Event Studies
  • Social justice and event leadership


Associate Board member of the journal on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity (IPED)

Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Executive Board Member

Co-editor Special Issue in the journal of (IPED)

Special Issue journal reviewer International Journal of Event Management

Research Degree Supervision

  • Cultural events: management, stakeholder relationships
  • Event legacy: mega, major and minor event legacies, social legacy creation, legacy planning and governance
  • Social impact: identifying impact, community and social engagement
  • Perspectives on diversity, equality and inclusion in event management
  • Social justice and event leadership

Enterprise Activities

Briony was invited to participate in Volunteer Scotland's Delphi Group of their Demonstration Project concerning the growth of volunteering in Scotland, as well as being part of the Standard Life research team and co-principle author on the funded research report examining the success of the Standard Life Edinburgh Guarantee Programme through its stakeholders.

Administrative Responsibilities

Briony is Placement Tutor for the Events Management students

Teaching and Professional Activities

Briony currently teaches on the follow modules:

  • Wedding Business Management, Module Leader
  • Stadium and Arena Management, Module Leader
  • Managing the Live Event, Module tutor
  • Design and Technology for Event, Module Leader
  • International Business of Sport, Module Leader

In addition to this, Briony also teaches at the university’s collaborative provision at Sino British College, Shanghai.