PhD Performing Identities: Liverpool and the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool John Moores University (2011)
MA Arts and Museum Management, University of Salford (2005)
BA (hons) Drama, University of Manchester (2004)
2010-2015 Liverpool John Moores University
Other academic service (administration and management)
Departmental Lead for Postgraduate Research
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Festivals, leisure and culture.?
BA (hons) Events Management
MSc International Event Management.
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I supervise PhD students in the areas of festivals and cultural tourism.
External examiner roles
External examiner for University of West of England and Queen Margaret's University.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
My PhD was an ethnographic study of the performance of local identities in relation to the European Capital of Culture in Liverpool 2008. It considered the balance between creative improvisation and the constraints of social and cultural norms in forming identities. The study asked how far the celebrations were a chance to redefine local identities and whether there were opportunities for experimentations with those identities in order to present a new version of Liverpool.
I have recently completed research into craft practice in shaping experiences of the urban setting. The research looked at how women involved in craft practice contribute to placemaking.
My most recent work is exploring the Manchester and Salford Whit Walks and the connection of these to the urban social environment. My work is developing an analysis of procession as practice. I am also examining the role of processions in shaping the city.
My research interests include: identity performance, informal leisure and (sub)urban festivals and cultural events.
LC. Platt (2014). Dealing with the Myths: Injurious Speech and Negative Interpellation in the Construction of Tourism Places. HJ. Andrews. In: Tourism and Violence. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing,
LC. Platt Processional Dwelling. University of Chichester, 29/6/2017.
LC. Platt Mundane Leisure Practice in the Creation of Civic Radicalism. University of Bournemouth, 7/7/2015.
LC. Platt, T. Fletcher Who's Walking Who: The Everyday Dog Walking Experience. Edge Hill University, 25/10/2014.
LC. Platt ‘Informal ping-pong’: New narratives of resistance and the cultural politics of recreational play space. University of the West of Scotland, 7/7/2014.
LC. Platt …a proper Scouser. Problematising Identities in an over 55s housing complex. University of Manchester, 5/8/2013.
Invited roundtable discussions
I have sat on discussion panels for Manchester Day Parade and Wonder Women Festival. I have presented at British Arts Festivals Association annual conference on how festivals can work with universities.
In September 2016 I hosted the first Critical Event Studies symposium.
In September 2017 I am co-convening a symposium examining gender and events at Queen Margaret's University, Edinburgh.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
I peer review for a range of academic journals such as Leisure Studies, Leisure Sciences, City and Museums and Society.
September 2014- September 2015: £38k from Institute of Cultural Capital for collaborative project on organic cultural leadership (academics from LJMU and The Heseltine Institute) entitled Analyse and Articulate: The Elusive Edge.
February 2016 Internal seed corn funding for project on Manchester and Salford Whit Walks £950
September 2016 Funding from AHRC Cultural Intermediaries project for the Critical Events Studies symposium £2000
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Membership of professional associations
Digital Communications Officer of the Leisure Studies Association.