David McGillivray

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

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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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The ‘Live’ Olympics: The urban form as a venue

It’s been a few weeks now since the Olympics ended with a less than impressive live event which still garnered huge public interest on a global level. During the Olympics (some thoughts on the Paralympics later), along with Matt Frew and Jennifer …

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Mixed Reality at Mega Events: Bringing The Games to You?

Just in time. As we near the end of 2011, I was asked to submit an article to the online journal Culture@the Olympics, edited by Professor Andy Miah and Dr Beatriz Garcia. In the past, several prominent academic colleagues have advised never to sa…

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Literary Festivals: Exclusive Enclaves or Inclusive Innovators?

This post originates from roundtable event I was invited to participate in today, hosted at Queen Margaret University by David Finkelstein of QMU (http://www.qmu.ac.uk/mcpa/staffdavidfinkelstein.htm) and Claire Squires of the University of Stirlin…

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Impact and Effect: Contested Cultural Values

It’s taken me a few days to blog about a Research and Knowledge Exchange event I attended last week at Creative Scotland’s swanky Waverley Gate premises in Edinburgh. The title of the event was research and knowledge exchange in the Creative Indus…

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