Course Leader

Chantal is a Senior Lecturer with 20+ years' experience of teaching, research and course management in events and the creative and cultural industries. Her most recent roles include leading the MA Event Design and Management course at the University of Westminster and being a Disability Tutor for the School of Architecture and Cities.  

With a professional background in arts and heritage management, Chantal started out as an archaeological research assistant and curator before going on to manage a multi-stage Arts Council/Lottery-funded London arts venue. 

Her teaching interests are in event and experience design, creativity, festivity and ritual experiences, responsible management and research methods. 

Chantal's research interests focus on the relationship between consumer culture, symbolic interactionism and experience design. She is currently working on a PhD thesis exploring more-than-human relationships and the natural experiencescape.  

Published works

  • Laws, C. and Deverell, K. (2019). Events management for the end of life. In: Walters, T. and Jepson, A.S. (eds.) Marginalisation and Events. London: Routledge, 222-241. 
  • Jackson, C., Morgan, J. and Laws, C. (2018). Creativity in events: the untold story, International Journal of Festival and Event Management, 9 (1), 2-19. 

Career highlights

  • Collaborated cross-School and College at Westminster to develop new MA programmes in Live Music Management and Heritage and the Built Environment
  • Developed and led undergraduate events education programmes at the universities of Greenwich and Gloucestershire.
  • Helped to organise an annual fringe festival of gardening, and volunteer as a mentor for young people wanting to access creative careers.