David McGillivray

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

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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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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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Platform politics: sport events and the affordances of digital and social media

Over the least few years I’ve been exploring the growing role of digital and social media in the mediatisation of major sporting events. I’ve published a number of articles related to this thread of work, including The Olympic Torch Relay: Activating citizen-consumer discourses (2013) Digital cultures, acceleration and mega sporting event narratives (2013), and Young people, digital media…

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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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(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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Evaluating Scotland’s London 2012 cultural offer

Yesterday finally saw the publication of the final report from a project I’ve been working on since July 2012. I was co-investigator on the impact evaluation of Scotland’s London 2012 Cultural Programme with my colleague Professor Gayle McPherson from UWS and consortium partners Dr Beatriz Garcia from the Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool University, Tamsin Cox from DHA and Rachel Granger, from Middlesex…

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