David McGillivray

Professor, interested in events, culture, digital participation & sport.

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Mega events and the territorialisation of urban space

This blog is cross posted from the Urban Studies Journal blog space I’ve just completed a short project with Dr Matt Frew to produce a vodcast accompanying an article just published in the Urban Studies Journal.  The article is concerned with ongoing research into the relationship between major sporting events (particularly mega events), urban space and…

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Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives

Call for Chapters Along with my colleagues, Professor Gayle McPherson and Dr Sandro Carnicelli from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) I have been approached by Routledge to submit a proposal for an edited collection on Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives, emerging from the Digital Cultures stream at the 2014 Leisure Studies Association annual…

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Post-Games lethargy and questions of legacy

It’s nearly the end of September 2014 and its been two months since the final curtain came down on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As regular readers of this blog will attest, I’ve  been banging on about the Commonwealth Games for a couple of years now, primarily through two research projects I’m heavily involved in…

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Creative collectives, cultural policy and the Commonwealth Games

The early part of 2014 has been a busy one in my professional life. Securing interesting research and practice-focused projects is always rewarding and is what gets me out of bed in the morning but it also creates other dilemmas related to scheduling, prioritisation and focus. In this post I want to summarise some of…

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Mega events, space and the city: Looking to Glasgow 2014

In this post I want to look back before looking forward on a thread of work that I’ve been involved in for a number of years. As we approach Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, the issues I want to talk about are coming more to the fore. Anyway, let’s go back first. Over recent months I’ve…

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Evaluating Scotland’s London 2012 cultural offer

Yesterday finally saw the publication of the final report from a project I’ve been working on since July 2012. I was co-investigator on the impact evaluation of Scotland’s London 2012 Cultural Programme with my colleague Professor Gayle McPherson from UWS and consortium partners Dr Beatriz Garcia from the Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool University, Tamsin Cox from DHA and Rachel Granger, from Middlesex…

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Delivering a digital media project: achievements and learnings

As you’ll have heard me talk about before, I’m leading a large digital media project, Digital Commonwealth, and over the last few months with help from my project team I’ve moved from development to delivery mode. In this post I wanted to share some of the great work we’ve been able to achieve to date,…

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