David McGillivray

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

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Tackling Digital Exclusion: The Latest Evidence

At the end of last month I had the pleasure of presenting research results on the theme of Tackling Digital Inclusion: The Latest Evidence at the SCVO’s event in Edinburgh. This storify, created by SCVO, summarises the event, and the research that underpinned it better than I could. Digital skills are such a hot topic…

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Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance

It’s always rewarding to complete a project that you’ve been working on for some time, especially in the increasingly demanding world of academia. Today, my new book, Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance, written with my colleague Dr Daniel Turner, is now in print. This text takes a critical approach to the event bidding process, linking…

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Interdisciplinarity and the PhD process

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to contribute to a fantastic vlog (video blogs!) series hosted by Tara Brabazon, Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University. She invited me to talk about the possibilities and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research and the results of this discussion are available to watch…

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Major sporting events and geographies of disability

Along with my co-authors Dr Laura Misener and Prof Gayle McPherson, I’ve just published a paper that focuses on the role of major sporting events in addressing inequalities relating to the geographies of disability. The article is accessible permanently here, with free copies available for the first 50 people. This paper draws on a collaborative (and…

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Academic blogging: Inspirations, Insights and Impacts

Along with colleagues in my School (especially our best PhD students) I organised an event recently promoting the value of academic blogging as an important feature of academic practice. Below is the storify I produced following the event, which contain rich content for anyone wanting to start blogging. Enjoy! [View the story “#UWS blogging: Inspirations,…

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Mobile Methods for Researching Bodies in Motion

I was delighted recently to be invited to present at the inaugural seminar of a really innovative seminar series designed and led by Dr Andrea Bundon from the University of British Columbia’s School of Kinesiology. The series, Mobile Methods for Researching Bodies in Motion was designed by those: interested in exploring the use of digital and…

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Mega events, soft power and ‘hijacking’ the platform

Recently, along with my colleague Professor Gayle McPherson I was invited to talk at a conference on cultural diplomacy and human rights at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. Here is a copy of the presentation. The presentation was followed with some really interesting questions from the audience. These included: how can we judge…

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