My interests revolve around the public policy interventions of the local and national state in events and festivity of all types and the social and cultural impact of events and culture on communities. I am also interested in the role of arts and culture in creating soft power change through cultural diplomacy, both through state and non-state actors.
I am currently a co-investigator on an SSHRC international collaborative research project Leveraging Parasport Events: for sustainable community participation. This has produced a series of outputs in public policy, impact and media analysis of parasports representations. I am leading a digital storytelling project on the transformational nature of culture for Renfrewshire Council. I am currently the Principal Investigator on a British Council project examining evidence for art and culture's role in cultural diplomacy. I am also acting as a Legacy and Evaluation advisor to the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid.
Research areas: GV recreation Leisure - mega events, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, sport, disability, digital media
My future research will continue to focus of the social and cultural impact of mega events on communities and on their role in leveraging wider impact. I will develop further how mega events contribute to creating public value and how these can or are being used for progressive opportunity. I will also be examining the role of art and culture in soft power change in non-western countries.
I have expertise and experience of monitoring, evaluation and impact of arts, culture and sport and have worked for a range of agencies recently, Creative Scotland, British Council and Renfrewshire Council. I have expertise in cultural policy and digital engagement as a transformational tool in people's lives.