David McGillivray

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



Refereed Journal Articles

Smith, A., Vodicka, G., Colombo, A., Lindstrom, K.N., McGillivray, D. and Quinn, B. (2021). Staging city events in public spaces: an urban design perspective, International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 12 (2), 224-239.

McGillivray, D., & Mahon, J. (2021). Distributed Digital Capital: Digital Literacies and Everyday Media Practices, Media Practice and Education.


Quinn, B., Colombo, A., Lindstrom, K., McGillivray, D & Smith, A (2020). Festivals, public space and cultural inclusion: public policy insights, Journal of Sustainable Tourism

McGillivray, D., Guillard, S. & Reid, E. (2020). Urban Connective Action: The Case of Events Hosted in Public Space, Urban Planning, 5(4), 252-266.

Smith, A & McGillivray, D (2020) The long-term implications of mega-events for the provision of urban public spacesSport in Society.

Oluwaseyi, A., McPherson, G., McGillivray, D & Misener, L. (2020) Disability and Events. In: Page, S.J & Connell, J (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Events (pp London: Routledge


McGillivray, D, Turner, D & Lauermann, J (2019) Event bidding and new media activism, Leisure Studies.

Duignan, M.B. and McGillivray, D (2019) Disorganised host community touristic-event spaces: revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Olympic Games, Leisure Studies.

McGillivray, D., O’Donnell, H., Misener, L., and McPherson, G (2019) Repurposing the (Super) Crip: Media Representations of Disability at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Communication & Sport.

Docherty, C., Fairburn, S., and McGillivray, D (2019) Models of collective working: insights on the Scottish context, The Design Journal, 22 (1)

McGillivray, D., Duignan, M.B. and Mielke, E (2019) Mega sport events and spatial management: zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city, Annals of Leisure Research

Duignan, M.B., and McGillivray, D (2019) Walking methodologies, digital platforms and the interrogation of Olympic spaces: the ‘#RioZones-Approach’, Tourism Geographies


McGillivray, D., Edwards, M.B., Brittain, I., Bocarro, J and Koenigstorfer, J (2018) A conceptual model and research agenda for bidding, planning and delivering Major sport events that lever human rights, Leisure Studies

McGillivray, D. (2018) Sport events, space and the ‘Live City’, Cities 

Kirby, S. I., Duignan, M. B., and McGillivray, D. (2018) Mega-sport Events, Micro and Small Business Leveraging: Introducing the “MSE-MSB Leverage Model”. Event Management


Paradis, K., Misener, L., McPherson, G., McGillivray, D., and Legg, D. (2017) Examining the impact of integrated and non-integrated parasport events on volunteer attitudes towards disability, Sport in Society, 20 (10): 1724-1744

McGillivray, D, Misener, L., & McPherson, G (2017) Major sporting events and the geographies of disability, Urban Geography

McPherson, G., Misener, L., McGillivray, D & Legg, D  (2017) Creating public value through parasport events, Event Management

Coll-Planas, L., Watchman, K., Doménech, S., McGillivray, D., O’Donnell, H & Tolson, D (2017) Developing Evidence for Football (Soccer) Reminiscence Interventions Within Long-term Care: A Co-operative Approach Applied in Scotland and Spain, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association


McGillivray, D (2016) Platform politics: sport events and the affordances of digital and social mediaSport in Society.

McPherson, G, O’Donnell, H., McGillivray, D & Misener, L. (2016) Elite athletes or superstars? Media representation of para-athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Disability & Society


McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., Jones, J & McCandlish, A (2015) Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenship, Leisure Studies

Misener, L., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G & Legg, D (2015) Leveraging parasport events for sustainable community participation: The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Annals of Leisure Research, 18 (4): 450-469


Frew, M & McGillivray, D (2014) From Fan Parks to Live Sites: Mega events and the territorialisation of urban space, Urban Studies

Cox, T., McGillivray, D., & McPherson, G (2014) Making sense of multiplicity: evaluating Scotland’s Cultural Olympiad, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 6(3), pp 201-214.

McGillivray, D., & McPherson, G (2014) Capturing the Cultural Olympiad in Scotland: the case for multi-criteria analysis, Cultural Trends, 23(1), 18-28


McGillivray, D & Frew, M (2013) The Olympic Torch Relay: Activating citizen-consumer discourses, Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies, 1 (2), pp. 232-251

McGillivray, D (2013) Digital cultures, acceleration and mega sporting event narratives, Leisure Studies


McGillivray, D & McPherson, G (2012) Mega Events: Neoliberalized vehicle or opportunity for strategic global leadership? Journal of Accountability, Leadership and Ethics, 5 (9)

Foley, M, McGillivray, D and McPherson, G (2012) Policy Pragmatism: Qatar and the Global Events circuit, International Journal of Festival and Event Management, 3 (1), pp.101-115

McGillivray, D and McPherson, G (2012) Surfing the wave of change: A critical appraisal of London 2012 cultural programmeJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 4 (2): 123-137


Foley, M., McGillivray, D & McPherson G (2011) Event Policy: The Limits of Democracy, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3: 321-324

McGillivray, D & Frew, M (2008) Exploring Hyper-Experiences: Performing the Fan at Germany 2006, Journal of Sport Tourism, 13 (3), 181-198.

McGillivray, D & Frew, M (2007) ‘Capturing adventure: Trading experiences in the symbolic economy’, Annals of Leisure Research. 10 (3): 54- 78,

McGillivray, D & McIntosh, A (2006) ’Football is my life’: Theorising social practice in the Scottish Professional Football field”, Sport in Society, 9 (3): 371-387

McGillivray, D (2006) ‘Facilitating change in the educational experiences of professional footballers: The case of Scottish football’, Managing Leisure, 11: 22-38

McGillivray, D (2005) ‘Governing working bodies through leisure: a genealogical analysis’, Leisure Sciences, 27 (3): 315-330

McGillivray, D (2005) ‘Fitter, happier, more productive: Governing working bodies through wellness’, Culture and Organisation, 11 (2): 125-138

McGillivray, D, Fearn, R. & McIntosh, D (2005) ‘Caught up in and by the beautiful game: a case study of Scottish professional footballers’, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 29 (1): 102-123

Frew, M & McGillivray, D (2005) ‘Health and Fitness Clubs and Body Politics: Aesthetics and the Promotion of Physical Capital’, Leisure Studies, 24 (2): 161-175


Misener, L., McPherson, G., McGillivray, D., and Legg, D (2018) Leveraging Disability Sport Events: Impacts, Promises, and Possibilities, London: Routledge

McGillivray, D & Turner, D (2017) Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance, London: Routledge

McGillivray, D., McPherson, G & Carnicelli, S (eds) (2016) Digital Leisure Cultures, London: Routledge

Finkel, R., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., and Robinson, P (Eds) (2013) Research Themes for Events, Oxon: CABI

Foley, M., McGillivray, D., and McPherson, G. (2011) Events Policy: From Theory to Strategy. London: Routledge

Book Chapters

McGillivray, D., and McLaughlin, E (2018) Transnational digital fandom: Club media, place, and (networked) space, In Lawrence, S & Crawford, G (ed), Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance, London: Routledge

McGillivray, D (2018) Workplace Physical Activity: Theory, Policy and Practice. In Piggin. J., Mansfield, L., & Weed, M (eds). Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice, London: Routledge

McGillivray, D (2017) (Digital) culture, media citizenship and major event narratives. In Bundon, A (ed) Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity, London: Routledge

Misener, L., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G and Legg, D (2016) Examining Parasport Events Through the Lens of Critical Disability Studies (p175-192), In Lamond, I and Platt, L (eds) Critical Event Studies: Approaches to Research, Palgrave Macmillan

Frew, M., McGillivray, D., & McPherson, G (2015) Scotland in 2015: Dependent or Independent Event Nation? In I. Yeoman., M. Robertson., U. McMahon-Beattie., E.Backer and K.A. Smith (eds) The Future of Events and Festivals (pp55-66), London: Routledge

Foley, M., McGillivray, D., & McPherson, G (2014) Culturing Sport Mega Events: Leveraging Public Value. In: John M Bryson., Barbara C Crosby., & Laura Bloomberg (eds) Creating Public Value in Practice: Advancing the Common Good in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power, No-One-Wholly-in-Charge World, CRC Press

McGillivray, D & Jones, J (2013) Events and Resistance, In: R.Finkel., D.McGillivray., G. McPherson and P. Robinson (eds) Research Themes for Events, Oxon: CABI

McGillivray, D, McPherson, G and McKay, C (2013) Events and Volunteers. In Finkel, R, McGillivray, D; McPherson, G and Robinson, P (Eds), Research Themes for Events, Oxon: CABI

Foley, M., McGillivray, D & McPherson, G (2009) ‘Policy, politics and events: A match made in Heaven?’ In Raj, R & Musgrave, J (eds) Sustainable Events Management, CABI

Foley, M., McGillivray, D & McPherson, G (2008) Establishing Singapore as the events and entertainment capital of Asia: Strategic brand diversification in Ali Knight et al, International perspectives of festivals and events: paradigms of analysis, Elsevier: Basingstoke


McGillivray, D., Jenkins, N., & Mamattah, S (October, 2016) One Digital Scotland Programme Evaluation Report, Published by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.