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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Mega events, soft power and ‘hijacking’ the platform

Recently, along with my colleague Professor Gayle McPherson I was invited to talk at a conference on cultural diplomacy and human rights at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. Here is a copy of the presentation. The presentation was followed with some really interesting questions from the audience. These included: how can we judge…

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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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A look back at 2014 and a look forward to 2015

Since I last blogged just before the turn of the year a lot has happened. In this post, I look back at the end of 2014 and forward to some exciting research projects coming up in 2015. Practice-Research  Firstly, along with colleagues at Gray’s School of Art and Glasgow School of Art, we finally completed…

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Mega events and the territorialisation of urban space

This blog is cross posted from the Urban Studies Journal blog space I’ve just completed a short project with Dr Matt Frew to produce a vodcast accompanying an article just published in the Urban Studies Journal.  The article is concerned with ongoing research into the relationship between major sporting events (particularly mega events), urban space and…

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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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A disturbing myopia in Global Events Management?: A response to Rojek

It’s been a while since I’ve felt the need to draft a blog post – not because I’ve run out of content or decided that academic blogging is past its sell by date – but instead because I’ve simply not had the time or been provoked enough to react wi…

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