David McGillivray

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

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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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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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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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The process of academic publication: worth it in the end?

Let’s just say it took a while to complete…! Today is a bit of a watershed for me having finally received delivery of two shiny new copies of my first full (co) authored book, Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy. If you’ve just clicked on the …

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The Olympic Clean CIty: A Critique

Reading a blog post entitled, ‘The Olympic Super Brands take over London’ by former BBC sports editor Mihir Bose, got me thinking about one of the main arguments in my Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy book which is published by Routledge at t…

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Associations and Affiliations: Re-energising the Academy

This post is motivated by my experiences over the last few days with two academic membership associations I’m affiliated with. Both experiences were generally positive, but I was left thinking that they could have been so much better had we been a…

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