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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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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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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The ‘Live’ Olympics: The urban form as a venue

It’s been a few weeks now since the Olympics ended with a less than impressive live event which still garnered huge public interest on a global level. During the Olympics (some thoughts on the Paralympics later), along with Matt Frew and Jennifer …

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Over determined spaces: From Live Sites to Olympic Venues

Working alongside my colleague Matt Frew (aka @graffiticloud) on Olympic Live Site research (www.researchinglivesites.net) I’ve been in London for two days now wandering around Olympic venues and experiencing the Live Sites and Celebration events …