Dr David Lamb

Dr David Lamb

BSc, MSc, CertEd, PhD.

  • Biography

    David is an experienced senior academic with leadership of staff and curriculum management experience. David has extensive lecturing experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a number of discipline areas with on and off campus students. His area of expertise includes sport, events and leisure management, tourism studies and generic management and marketing subjects.  He is an active and competent researcher presently involved in a number of research projects. David enjoys working in teams and is a participative leader and likes to be well organized, yet adaptable and enjoys working in a variety of educational settings. David’s academic practice is supported by professional work experience in sport, event and recreation management, over a significant period of time. He is a great believer in active and experiential learning and strives to make learning fun and interactive.

  • Teaching areas

    Units/modules taught (PG-Postgraduate, UG-Undergraduate)
    Business Events Management (UG/PG), Consumer Behaviour (UG/PG), Event Operations Management (UG/PG), Introduction to Event Management (UG/PG), Managing Recreation and Tourism Services and Facilities (UG), Marketing Business Services, Marketing and Communications for Sport and Events (UG/PG), Sport Development and Management (UG), Sport Event Management and Practice (UG), Professional Practice and Policy in Events (UG), Sport Policy and Planning (UG/PG), Recreation Management in the Public Sector (UG), Commercial Leisure Management (UG/PG), Live Event Management (UG), Experiential Learning in Events (UG), Leisure Leadership and Delivery (UG), Sport Venues and Events (UG/PG), Research Methods, Dissertation/Thesis preparation based units (UG/PG) and various Work Experience based units in Sport, Leisure and Tourism (UG/PG).

  • Research expertise and supervision

    I am research supervisor with principal research supervision status and have supervised a range of research projects, theses and dissertations at Degree, Masters and PhD levels in a range of discipline areas, but mostly within my area of expertise, including the discipline fields of events management, sport and recreation management and tourism studies. My expertise lies primarily with qualitative methods, especially in the use  of focus groups and interviews and I have taught research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Books

    • Lamb, D. (2012). Women and their leisure. Germany: Saarbracken Publishing.
    • Lamb, D. (2012). An environmentalist approach to the study of river pollution in the UK. Germany: Saarbracken Publishing.
  • Book chapters

    • Ogle, A., Lamb, D. & Fanning, S. (2018). Are we China ready? A study of WA hotels and the Chinese, In C. Pforr. & Phau, I. (Eds.) Food, wine and China: A tourism perspective (139-164), London: Routledge.
    • Lamb, D. & Ogle, A. (2017). Pull factors for Perth: Developing an international golf volunteer engagement strategy. In M. Benson & N. Wise (Eds.), International Sports Volunteering, (pp. 99-121), Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
    • Lamb, D. & Ogle, A. (2016). The motivations of event volunteers at local community events. In Jepson, Allan & Clarke, Alan (Eds.), Managing and Developing Communities, Festivals and Events (pp. 50-68). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
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  • Refereed Articles

    • Lamb, D. & Ogle, A. (2019). What pre-event motives drive the decision to commit to volunteering, Event Management Journal, (to be published in 2019, details not yet determined)
    • Kim, S., Lamb, D. & Park, E. (2019). Extraordinary or ordinary? Food tourist motivations of Japanese domestic noodle tourists. Tourism Management perspectives Journal (published online, January 2019) 25,176-186.
    • Lamb, D. (2019). Taking it day by day: An exploratory study of adult perspectives on slow living in an urban setting. Annals of Leisure Research Journal (paper nearing publication).
    • Lamb, D., Lamb, S. & Willson, G. (2018). Families and food: A systematic review of the literature covering two decades of research. Appetite Journal (under review).
    • Lamb, D. & Ogle, A. (2017). Uncovering the motives and experiences of locally sourced volunteers at Two events in Metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Event Management, 22 (1), 65-78.
    • Lamb, D. (2016). Closing the gap in family leisure research provision: Giving leisure facility managers the opportunity to reflect on what they provide for families. Managing Sport and Leisure, 21, 44-60.
    • Lamb, D. (2015). Learning about events through involvement and participation: the use of authentic learning experiences. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 6 (1), 73-91.
    • Lamb, D. (2014). Trends in Australian and New Zealand research since 2011. Australasian Parks and Leisure, 44-47.
    • Lamb, D. (2013). Research in the first person: Reflection on the research experience using a research journal. Journal of Market and Social Research, 21 (2), 32-40.
    • Lamb, D. (2013). Promoting the case for using a research journal to document and reflect on the research experience. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 11 (2), 84-91.
    • Lamb, D. (2011). A view from the top: Managers perspectives on family leisure in New Zealand. Annals of Leisure Research, 13 (3), 439-457.
  • Conference Papers

    • Lamb, D. (July 2018). What are event management employers really looking for? Association of Event Management Education Conference, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2018). What pre-event motives drive the decision to commit to volunteering? The INC Conference: Tourism, Hospitality and Events in a changing world, University of Derby, Buxton, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Dec 2017). Travel mode intentions and decisions: Active travel and public transport in Metro Perth, CAITR Conference, University of Western Australia, Rottnest island, Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2017). Innovation in Event Management Practice, International Leisure Studies Association Conference, Cardiff Metro University, Cardiff, South Wales, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2017). Giving research participants a voice and the researcher an opportunity to listen- Focus groups could be the answer. Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Research Methods, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.
    • Lamb, D. (December 2016). Innovation in management learning in relation to event management education, 1st Annual International Marketing Conference, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Manchester, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Nov 2016). Authentic and experiential learning in a higher education context: Event management. World Congress on Change and Innovation in Work-Based Learning, Adelaide, Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2016) Food glorious food: A thriving obsession or tradition of the past? International Leisure Studies Conference, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2016). Volunteers, the backbone of community events: Uncovering their motives and factors influencing their decision to volunteer., Association of Event Management Education Conference, University of Derby, Buxton Campus, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Feb 2016). Are we China Ready; Food for thought. Tourism Research Cluster Symposium, Curtin University, Margaret River Campus, Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D., Ali-Knight, j & Rihova, I. (Oct 2015). Experiential learning using live events in a university context in New Zealand and Scotland, International Conference on Events, Institute of Tourism Studies, Macau.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2015). It’s not the real thing, but it’s just like being there: Extending the event experience to a wider audience through the provision of a live site. International Leisure Studies Association Conference, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2014). Family leisure and transitioning into parenthood. International Leisure Studies Conference, University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2014).  How can experiential styles of learning better equip and prepare future event management students for the world of work? Association of Event Management Education Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Jan 2014). Teaching research students to become more critically reflective in documenting their research experiences by writing a research journal: Annual Teaching and Learning Forum/Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2013). Slow Living: The privileged lifestyle of the middle classes. International Leisure Studies Association Conference, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
    • Lamb, D. (June 2013). The research journey: Why it is important to think about it, as a vehicle to becoming a more competent researcher, European Conference on Research Methods, University of Minho, Guimares, Portugal.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2012). Do leisure providers really understand family needs? International Leisure Studies Association Conference, Moray House of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2012). Establishing and maintaining focus in your research: Promoting the use and implementation of focus group methodology in a real-life research study, European Conference on Research Methods, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Feb 2012). Integrating practice, with theory through student engagement in local community events. Annual Teaching and Learning Forum/Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (Dec 2011). Barriers and deterrents to Urban Walkability: A case study of Christchurch, New Zealand. International Leisure Studies Association Conference, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (Sept 2011). Using focus groups in research. Graduate research week conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (June 2011). Real life learning by doing and experiencing: A research-based project to investigate the effectiveness of an experiential learning model with social science students in event studies, European Conference on Research Methods, University of Normandy, Caen, France.
    • Lamb, D. (Feb 2011). Beyond the lecture room: Authenticity, active engagement and participation to promote employability, Teaching and Learning Conference/Forum, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D., Emery, P. & Crabtree, R.  (2010). Fit for purpose: Are Universities supplying employees with the right caliber students for sport management in the future, European Association of Sports Management Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    • Lamb, D. (Nov 2008). It’s the experience that really counts: Using sporting events to educate students about event management, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (July 2008). Leisure and the experience of parenthood: Post/pre-pregnancy, International Leisure Studies Association Conference, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
    • Lamb, D. (March 2008). Qualitative research on family leisure in heterosexual couples, New Zealand Family Works Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
    • Lamb, D. (Jan 2008). Lifting the lid on parenthood: Revealing couples’ perceptions on family leisure, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (Jan 2008). Experiences of leisure pre/post early parenthood, Australian Research in Early Childhood Education Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Original creative works

    Professional and Commissioned reports

    • Lamb, D. (2011). Sport Management in New Zealand: A contemporary and systematic review of sport management positions, Self-published- creative work.
      Professional refereed reports
    • Lamb, D. (2017) Project 2.2a. Literature review on active travel and public transport in relation to young adults and the 55+ age group. Planning and Transport Research Centre, University of Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (2017) Project 2.2b. Research report on travel mode intentions and decisions of specific demographic groups: Active travel and public transport in relation to young adults and the 55+ age group in Metropolitan Perth. Planning and Transport Research Centre, University of Western Australia.
  • Professional affiliations

    • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA), since 2011.
    • Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) - Regional committee member, since 2010
    • Australian and New Zealand Leisure Studies Association, since 2005.
    • Association of Event Management Educators, since 2004.
    • Leisure Studies Association - executive committee member/International representative, since 2003.
    • Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management, 1993-2002.
  • Community Engagement

    I am a regular contributor to community events either in a consultancy capacity or an active volunteer or researcher. I have engaged with the community for twenty years or more, through the arrangement of student work placements,which have often involved the negotiation of  a research based project for the benefit of the organisation, where the student is engaged either for a semester or a number of significant weeks.

  • Awards

    Within the student evaluation process, I maintain a high standard of delivery and as a result have been given high evaluation scores for my teaching and the appropriateness of the content that I have delivered. Throughout my teaching career, I have always enjoyed a very positive relationship with my student and it is always a great source of satisfaction when they return as guest speakers, to help with securing student work placements or just simply to say thank you.

  • Other

    Professional refereed reports

    • Lamb, D. (2017) Project 2.2a. Literature review on active travel and public transport in relation to young adults and the 55+ age group. Planning and Transport Research Centre, University of Western Australia.
    • Lamb, D. (2017) Project 2.2b. Research report on travel mode intentions and decisions of specific demographic groups: Active travel and public transport in relation to young adults and the 55+ age group in Metropolitan Perth. Planning and Transport Research Centre, University of Western Australia.