Dr Trudie Walters is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her research platform is centred on events and leisure as interdisciplinary lenses through which to understand the inner workings and values of society. She has five distinct programmes of research: quality of life and social wellbeing, gendered experiences, governance, policy and practice, representations of place and society, and luxury. These programmes are all firmly positioned within a social science framework, while clearly linking into the applied reality of events and leisure as social phenomena, areas of academic research, global industries, and practices. Trudie serves on the World Leisure Organisation Board of Directors, as the Member Engagement Officer on the Board of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies and is on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals in her field. Further information about Trudie’s research can be found here:https://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/staff/otago647693.html