Never in my professional or academic career has my field of study and work been more relevant than over the last seven months.
For the last decade I have been committed to playing my part in addressing digital inequality. I have highlighted, in both practice and study, the connection between digital inequality and wider social inequalities. I have examined how digital access, connectivity, skills and digital understanding are a crucial part of an individual’s ability to enjoy culture, leisure, and entertainment online, how these assets can open doors to address social isolation, and can unlock opportunities in education and employment. (more…)
In March 2020, as offices and teaching moved online, I left Scotland for my native country of Sweden and haven’t been back since. In my research, I’m looking at the social and economic effects of festivals in Paisley, Scotland. On-site events research is, unsurprisingly, not the best line of work right now. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, in October, CCSE premiered the latest instalment of #CCSEConversations series. On this occasion, CCSE Director Professor Gayle McPherson spoke with Gitte Zschoch – Director of EUNIC the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture. Gayle and Gitte discussed ‘the Effects of Covid-19 on European Cultural Relations and the implications for Policy Makers’. (more…)
Given the UK Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis you might expect an article about the COVID-19 circus to be another piece hammering the test and trace system or the confusing messaging. But this is a piece about an actual circus installed on Blackheath to coincide with the October half term holiday. It is the latest in a series of posts which examine the ways this prestigious open space in South East London is used as an events venue during the pandemic. (more…)
Nearly 6 months on from when our country was first put into ‘lockdown’, I reflect on working at Kibble throughout this unprecedented time; I’m left with a smile, a sense of nostalgia and an overwhelming feeling of togetherness!
Despite being an extremely difficult time for us all, I was (and am) incredibly proud to be part of a wonderful team, who focused on positivity and were driven to find solutions in exceptional situations all while laughing, dancing and creating on a daily basis! (more…)
As an approach, co-production has increasingly come to the forefront, both in research and in design of services. This has led to greater attention and effort being made to draw on the knowledge of those with lived experience, whose voices count and, attempts to understand how they count. In September I had the great experience of assisting Beth Cross, David McGillivray, Jingyang Ai and Sandro Carnicelli to deliver a training course for PhD Students. (more…)
The 2020 festival would have been our 19th in a row! Our festival started as a small afternoon event and grew into a multi event 23-day festival. They say that timing is everything and for the 2020 festival that was a very true comment! The scope of the festival can be seen I the list of events
This week I am doing a bit of reflection, today is my last day as a Research Associate at the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events as I am parting ways to take up a full time post at the University of Glasgow. Although I only work a day a week for CCSE, I have been involved in a lot of projects over the last 2 years at the Centre, and even before then when I started my academic journey at UWS. I was asked to write a short farewell blog, so here I’ll share a few of my highlights over my time at UWS.
The Director of CCSE Professor Gayle McPherson and two members of the CCSE research team Dr Sandro Carnicelli and Dr Emma Reid from the School of Business and Creative Industries are the Scottish leads for a major new transnational project about live music experiences and you can help, by completing a simple short survey! We are seeking views from people in Scotland, England, Germany and New Zealand as part of the study. (more…)
In the early spring, plans for our upcoming Annual Symposium – to be hosted at the University in May, 2020 – we well underway. And then, the COVID19 pandemic arrived.
By the end of March, 2020 we – based at UWS – along with colleagues from across our networks of collaborators, stakeholders and associates were finding our feet in the ‘new normal.’ For many of us, this included working from home for the foreseeable future. (more…)