David McGillivray

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

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Leveraging Disability Sport Events

In 2013, along with Dr Laura Misener (Western University, Prof David Legg, (Mount Royal University) and my colleague Prof Gayle McPherson (UWS), I embarked on a major Canadian/UK research project focused on the role of parasport events in leveraging sustainable community participation for persons with a disability.  It has been a great experience to be…

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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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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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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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Critical Event Studies: Some Reflections

On Friday I had the pleasure of inhabiting Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the inaugural Making Events Critical symposium at the MadLab. The event was the culmination of a year or two’s worth of conversations amongst those of us that want to introduce more ‘criticality’ into the study of events and associated processes. Adopting an ‘open space’ approach…

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