Peter Vlachos


Peter Vlachos

Peter Vlachos

Principal Lecturer, Events Management, International/Domestic Programme Coordinators and GET

Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism

Business School

Peter's research focuses on the business management of the art and entertainment industries, and their economic, political and social dimensions.

A political scientist by academic training (University of Toronto), he then gained over 15 years of practical experience in events and venue management both in the UK and North America. He has organised events at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Courtauld Institute and Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf. For 10 years prior to joining University of Greenwich, Peter managed the historic Conway Hall, a busy, multi-purpose venue in Bloomsbury, central London which hosts the oldest continuously running series of classical chamber music in the world.

Peter previously worked at the Wigmore Hall, London and the Roy Thomson Hall (home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) in Canada. He has been an assessor for the London Arts Board (now Arts Council of England, London) and a Visiting Lecturer in the postgraduate department of cultural policy and management at City University, London. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

His areas of expertise are in arts and entertainment labour economics, the night-time economy, creative industries and urban development, and related government policy, legislation and regulation. His current research explores cases of urban redevelopment in the UK and Canada. Peter was one of the university's main spokespeople to the press for the London 2012 Olympic games. He heads the university's London Centre of Events Management.

Peter also oversees the International Partnership programmes offered by the department of Marketing, Events, and Tourism.

  • Member, Chartered Management Institute
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the arts, manufactures and commerc


  • BA Political Science (Toronto)
  • MA Political Science (Toronto)
  • MBA (East London)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Greenwich)

Visiting lectureships

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Baria University, Pakistan

"Conceptualizing the festival and event experience: a class-based, psychoanalytic perspective." The Festival and Event Experience (seminar). Middlesex University. 22 November 2013

"Creative Labour: 'Precarious' or 'Bohemian'? Some policy implications" ESRC Seminar Series - Youth workers and precarious employment. London. 21 September 2012

"Technology and Authenticity in Live Performance". JANET Arts and Humanities workshop. Royal College of Music. 19 September 2012

"The Olympics and small business". London 2012: A legacy for all. University of Surrey. 23 January 2012

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