David McGillivray

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

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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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(Digital) practice, research and citizenship

As regular readers of this blog will know I’ve been leading a large practice/research project for the last two years. Titled Digital Commonwealth, it’s really taken me out of my academic comfort zone, exposing my abstract, theoretically-informed understandings of citizen journalism, digital citizenship, digital media, participatory cultures and community development to real people experiencing real…

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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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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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The Digital Commonwealth goes live

It’s been a few months in the making and involved a great deal of sweat (and tears) but I’m now in the position to talk about the Digital Commonwealth project that I’ve been successful in being funded by the Big Lottery Fund.  It’s a big grant and that carries with it great responsibility to ensure…

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Taking research and teaching outside the classroom

Last week I’ve had the pleasure of spending two days at Birmingham City University’s School of Media. participating in two excellent events that provide an illustration of the value of sustainable collaborative work crossing institutional boundaries. The first event was a research seminar for the School’s Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Along with my…

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Mobility in Education: Redefining Learning Tasks

On Friday I attended a session at the University of Edinburgh hosted by Apple on mobility in education (not students changing courses!). I was representing my institution at the event but there were a number of issues which are worth drawing to yo…