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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Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance

It’s always rewarding to complete a project that you’ve been working on for some time, especially in the increasingly demanding world of academia. Today, my new book, Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance, written with my colleague Dr Daniel Turner, is now in print. This text takes a critical approach to the event bidding process, linking…

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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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