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Event technology for potential sustainable practices: a bibliometric review and research agenda

Krzysztof Celuch (Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Torun, Poland)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 16 June 2021

Issue publication date: 27 August 2021




This research provides a bibliometric review of the state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of events, and maps out an agenda for future directions on how innovations in the technological realm can help fostering sustainability in the events industry.


To explore the progress of ICTs and future applications in events, this study conducts a two-fold method of a bibliometric analysis and a modularity clustering technique based on 293 papers published in the last 30 years.


The findings offer a snapshot of the past progress to offer a glimpse into the future by formulating novel areas for research that merit attention. By interweaving the past, present and future towards sustainability, an agenda with four concrete areas for research is identified, including (1) virtual events, (2) the use of artificial intelligence, (3) big data technology, and (4) virtual reality and augmented reality in the events industry.


The current global challenges together with the rapid technological progress can particularly give rise to innovations in the technological sector. Through a bibliometric review of past research, this study offers a future research agenda of ICTs in the events sector in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It contributes with a discussion on how to harvest the technological progress to create more sustainable events.



Conflict of Interest statement: None

This paper forms part of a special section of IJEFM on the contribution of festivals and events towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, guest edited by Drs Ubaldino Couto, Brendon Knott and Julie Whitfield.


Celuch, K. (2021), "Event technology for potential sustainable practices: a bibliometric review and research agenda", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 314-330.



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