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Collaborate with us as a researcher

We seek to advance innovation in festival impact measurement and analysis through collaboration and partnerships.


Committed to Sustainability

Developing Research Partnerships

The World Commission on Environment and Development, chaired by former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, once defined sustainable development as: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Adelaide’s festival sector is committed to making its contribution to a kinder, safer, more fair and sustainable world.

We are open to collaborating with research partners that share this objective, help us constructively identify opportunities and gaps, and support our evolution through high-quality data, measurement, and analysis.

To find out more about how you can get involved, please contact the Festivals Adelaide team at

Research Areas

Priorities for 2022 - 2025

We aim to advance consistent data collection for comparable statistics, benchmarking with national and international peers, and strong partnerships with leading research institutions and thinkers. Adelaide’s festival sector is an ideal testbed for creative approaches to data and studies of the impact festivals have on the sustainable development of the city and South Australia.

The following priority areas will be our focus for 2022 – 2025. We are keen to understand the impact of festivals at the intersection of:

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