David McGillivray

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

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EventRights: Major Sport Events and Human Rights

After what felt like a very long wait (4 or 5 months) I was delighted to receive an email in July confirming that a research and knowledge exchange project I’ve helped design had been funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE stream. In the intensely competitive HEI environment we occupy it’s…

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Participatory Action Research in the Field

Earlier this year, along with colleagues from the School of Media, Culture & Society at UWS, I led the delivery of a doctoral training course on participatory action research for social sciences and arts and humanities students from across Scotland. The course was designed to be interactive, learning from doctoral students undertaking PAR-related work and…

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Social Media for Research

Over the course of the last few months I’ve been asked to deliver a number of sessions on the role of social media in the research process, especially as we increasingly talk about ‘impact’ in the lead up to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2021. I have developed a set of slides that…

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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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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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