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Digital cultures and young people Mega events and urban space

20002019

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Area of academic expertise - outline

I have two main areas of research expertise. The first focuses on the contemporary significance of events and festivals (sporting and cultural) as markers of identity and mechanisms for the achievement of wider economic, social and cultural externalities.  Second, I have expertise in the affordances of digital and social media in enabling (and contraining) participation in civic life, including in educational settings and in democractic processes.   

Current research activities

I am co-investigator on a major UK/Canadian collaborative project exploring the role of sport events for persons with a disability in influencing community accessibility and community perceptions of disability. This work extends into exploring media representations of para-athletes and the impact of media narratives on the experiences of persons with a disability. I am also invovled in research exploring the role of major events in the transformation of urban space and continue to undertake research into the affordances of digital and social media as they impact on young people, older adults and those that are poorly represented by mainstream media. Finally I am a co-investigator on a major European mobility research project titled EventRights, which focuses on the impact of mega sport events on human rights.  

Desired research direction

My future research interests focus on two main areas of activity. The first area of interest is the contemporary significance of events and festivals (sporting and cultural) as markers of identity and mechanisms for the achievements of wider economic, social and cultural externalities. In this areas I'm interested in exploring further how events policies impact on urban civic space. I'm also interested in subjecting the rhetoric around the social value accruable from major events to critical scrutiny, especially around the impact of these events on the human rights of the most vulnerables parts of the population.  

The second area of research relates to the affordances of digital culture, especially related to understandings of digital citizenship, participation and the role of everyday digital media platforms and practices in enabling (or restricting) voices within an increasingly saturated media landscape. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I can bring expertise in impact and outcome evaluations having undertaken several projects in recent years. 

I can bring expertise in the development of strategy and policy for organisations in their use of digital and social media, including digital storytelling techniques.

External positions

Deputy Editor, Annals of Leisure Research

Jul 2015 → …

Keywords

  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Digital cultures
  • Social media
  • mega events
  • cultural policy

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Research Output

Disorganised host community touristic-event spaces: revealing Rio’s fault lines at the 2016 Olympic Games

Duignan, M. B. & McGillivray, D., 3 Sep 2019, In : Leisure Studies. 38, 5, p. 692-711 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Event bidding: a research agenda for major and mega sport events

    McGillivray, D., Turner, D. & Lauermann, J., Oct 2019, A Research Agenda for Event Management. Armbrecht, J., Lundberg, E. & Andersson, T. D. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, (Elgar Research Agendas).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Event bidding and new media activism

    Turner, D., McGillivray, D. & Lauermann, J., 6 Dec 2019, In : Leisure Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Mega sport events and spatial management: zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city

    McGillivray, D., Duignan, M. B. & Mielke, E., 21 Apr 2019, In : Annals of Leisure Research. p. 1-24 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Models of collective working: insights on the Scottish context

    Docherty, C., Fairburn, S. & McGillivray, D., 31 May 2019, In : The Design Journal. 22, Supplement 1, p. 277-293 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

  • Prizes

    Research Impact Award - Gold Medal

    Gayle McPherson (Recipient) & David McGillivray (Recipient), 3 Apr 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Spring into Methods: Three day event as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities interdisciplinary doctoral student training programme.

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Organiser), Alison McCandlish (Organiser), Graham Jeffery (Organiser), Elizabeth Gardiner (Organiser), David McGillivray (Invited speaker), Nicola Black (Speaker), Ian McGillivray (Speaker), Tara Beall (Speaker), Colin Clark (Speaker)
    30 Apr 20192 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Spring into Methods: Participatory Action Research in the Field

    David McGillivray (Organiser), Julie Clark (Speaker), Graham Jeffery (Speaker), Nicholas Jenkins (Speaker), Alison McCandlish (Speaker), Sarah Noone (Speaker), Colin Clark (Speaker), Elizabeth Gardiner (Speaker), Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker), Lee Ivett (Speaker), Iain McGillivray (Speaker), Krisztina Lakoi (Invited speaker)
    25 Apr 201827 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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