David McGillivray

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

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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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Always on (them): Digital and Social Media Use in Education

Extending my recent research and practice around the affordances of digital culture, I’m hosting an event on the 16th June at University of the West of Scotland focused on the school setting and the transformations being brought about in traditional approaches to learning enabled (and constrained) by digital tools and practices. Powered by Eventbrite  

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The affordances of digital technologies in children’s lives

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a really interesting seminar titled, Children and Digital Technology, one of three events being hosted by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) Digital Families across the Lifecourse. How technology mediates relationships within families and impacts on experiences of childhood (and what that now means) was…

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New (academic) year, new research output

For most people September is nearer the end as opposed to the start of the year but in academia this is the period when new students arrive and continuing students return. So, for us academics, it’s a good time to have completed research articles penned during the summer and to attend that one last conference before…

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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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