CCSE Associates

The Centre for Culture, Sport and Events is part of the wider University of the West of Scotland research community, Many staff and PhD students from the School of Business and Creative Industries undertake research which is relvant to the four themes of the Centre.

Dr Carlton Brick

Dr Carlton Brick

Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Carlton Brick joined UWS in 2003 as a lecturer in sociology. Before becoming a full time academic he has had a varied and wide-ranging employment history, including amongst others, book restorer, and sports journalist.
Prior to joining UWS he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social & Cultural Studies of Sport & Leisure, at the University of Surrey Roehampton, where he completed his PhD in 2002. His particular areas of academic expertise and interest are drawn from fields of sociology of leisure, fan cultures, identity and consumption, and social theory. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Spiked, Four Four Two, Living Marxism, and a wide range of scholarly journals and publications.

He was a founding member of Libero, the civil rights campaign for football supporters, and was editor of the fanzine Offence until 2000.

His current research is driven by an interest in the relationships between culture, society, and the individual, with particularly focus on the intersections of identity, memory and place.  In the recent period his main focus has been on the role of cultural memory in the (de) politicisation of urban spaces – an increasingly prominent, but not unproblematic narrative within regeneration policies as urban spaces seek to reposition themselves within increasingly post-industrial service led globalised economies.

He was a member of the Scotland ITF Taekwon-Do squad that competed in the 2019 EITF European Championships in Rimini, Italy.

 

Dr Carlton Brick UWS PURE Profile

Dr Carlton Brick personal website 

Oluwaseyi Aina

Oluwaseyi Aina

PhD student

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed an M.A (Cultural Diplomacy and International Events) at the University Of The West Of Scotland. While undergoing my Master’s studies, I had the privilege to be a part of the Paisley bid for Paisley 2021. I had my first research experience with the Paisley 2021 bid committee team.

Sport and play are a crucial part of every child’s life. And over the years, it has been discovered that children go through series of rights abuse during Mega Sporting Events, such as the Olympics, FIFA, World Cup, and so on. Hence, my research aims to analyse the mechanism through which children’s rights can be protected and promoted in Mega Sporting Events, drawing on the context of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Thorsten Brønholt

Thorsten Brønholt

PhD student and Associate Lecturer

Thorsten Brønholt is a project manager turned academic. He is a doctoral candidate at the University Of The West Of Scotland, researching how digital platforms shape and reshape us as individuals and societies. Thorsten holds a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. In his MA Thesis, Gated Communities of the Digitised Mind, he introduced the theoretical concept of the same name (as cited by Käyhkö, 2019). As an academic, Thorsten is particularly interested in ethics and philosophy of the digital age. As a lecturer he specialises in Research Methodology, Cyber Policy (IR), and Philosophies of Science whilst also teaching various other themes of politics and social science. Together with a colleague (Carolina Silveira) Thorsten developed a concept for student-led initial training and scientific induction of PhD students which is implemented across the University of the West of Scotland and will be showcased at the Learning and Teaching conference 2019. In the first year of his doctoral studies, Thorsten has given a conference paper at the PSA 2018 Conference, submitted a book chapter to an anthology on digitised democracy (forthcoming). In his second year he has presented at Understanding the Social in a Digital World conference, at the PSA 2019 Conference, and at the ECPR 2019 Conference. In 2019 Thorsten has joined the Internet Commission – an independent initiative aimed at introducing and furthering transparency and accountability of internet platforms, where he works especially on the development, methodology, and analysis of the responsibility reporting framework (see inetco.org).

PhD Outline:

When social media sites such as Facebook are viewed as virtual polities (MacKinnon, 2012), the codes that form the options, set the limitations, and steer the experience of the user, can be viewed as laws (Lessig, 2006). It follows that the company managers who define these user policies and their parameters can be viewed as ‘governments’ – sovereigns of the aforementioned polities. In recent years, it has become increasingly clear just how much the precepts and codes – what I term ‘cyber policies’ – of these virtual polities spill over and affect the offline political and social world (Entman & Usher, 2018). This has fuelled criticism of some practices and their effects, not to mention increased political, public, and academic awareness, which in turn has led to various public and policy responses by especially Facebook. In my research I investigate these cyber policies to unearth the governmentality (Foucault, 1984, p. 338) of said virtual polities.

Thorsten Brønholt ResearchGate link

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Len McCaffer

Len McCaffer

PhD student

Len has worked as an actor, writer and producer in Theatre, film and television for over 25 years, initially training at Manchester Metropolitan University. His theatre company White Rabbit Cowboys had several sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows winning awards and touring. As a producer he ran Firefly Arts film and media department and for the last eight has worked as Arts Officer with West Lothian Council, managing several concurrent Community Arts projects with a specific remit of Wellbeing. He has a MA in film production from Edinburgh Napier University and is currently studying a PhD at the University of West of Scotland.

PhD Outline:

His PhD is a Practice as Research project studying the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr. This research aims to capture the Intangible Cultural Heritage, people’s informal associations and attachments with the theatre.  What does the theatre mean to the people of Ayr?  It analyses community interactions and the theatre’s impact.  Data for this study includes oral histories, immersive heritage techniques and drama workshops, all designed to gain insights into the theatre’s relevance.  The data collected will inform an immersive promenade theatre performance informing new audiences on the theatres heritage and utilising the building in a radical new way.   The research aims to discover how the theatre can have continued relevance to the community; analyse and challenge the theatres output, its community engagement and sustainability into the twenty first century.

Njomza Mehani

PhD Student

Njomza holds a BA Degree in Political Science and Public Administration (Dardania College, Pristina, Kosovo) and a master’s degree in Diplomacy (University of Westminster, London, UK). Currently, she is reading for her PhD studies at UWS. After completion of her master’s degree in the UK, Njomza returned to Kosovo with the aim of contributing to higher education; working as a lecturer at Dardania College. In addition to her academic engagement, Njomza became increasingly involved in civil society activity, establishing an NGO; the Kosovo Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (KICD) with the aim of enhancing the cultural sector in Kosovo.
Njomza’s doctoral research work is mainly focused on cultural diplomacy and related to the issues encountered during the peace-building period in Kosovo, the promotion and improvement of the national image after independence in 2008. Other academic interests focus on the topics of ethnic conflict, culture and the Western Balkans.
Greis Cifuentes

Greis Cifuentes

PhD Student

Greis Cifuentes is a PhD candidate from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Her research into peace-building processes explores the role that artistic processes and activities in Colombia can play in providing context-specific solutions.She holds an MA in International Cooperation from the Université de Montpellier, and a BA in Governance and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Through her extensive work experience Greis has gained a deep appreciation for arts and culture as essential tools to promote social change in post-conflict environments. She has previously worked for the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Fulbright Commission in Colombia and Germany, the EU Delegation to Colombia, and the Colombian Consulate in New York.

Greis was part of the research project for the British Council on the Contribution of Art and Culture in Global Security and Stability (2018). She has authored a chapter on the role of arts and culture in the peace building process in Colombia for the academic journal ‘Memorias’ (Forthcoming in 2019). She also has blog dedicated to the potential that arts have in the Colombian peacebuilding process. Besides her academic work, Greis is a columnist for the newspaper El Olfato in Colombia.

Greis Cifuentes El Olfato column link

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Solomon Ilevbare

Solomon Ilevbare

PhD Student

I have just begun my doctoral study with the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. My PhD is in the area of Sport and Cultural Diplomacy, on creating Soft Power change and Nation Branding. My research includes examining sport as a tool for promoting closer dialogue and integration in a multicultural society, a tool to surge for development and the promotion of a peaceful relationship in the international community.

Prior to commencing my PhD study, I had attended Babcock University in Nigeria for my bachelor’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy and completed my MSc programme in Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy at Loughborough University London. My PhD research is a reflection of my diverse academic background and knowledge acquired over the past few years.

Francis Adams

Francis Adams

PhD Student

PhD Thesis title: promoting and protecting indigenous African cultural heritage through digital and cultural diplomacy.

Case study location: Platfontein, South Africa

Methods: Convergent mixed-methods

PhD Outline:
The case study is to examine the benefits of Cultural Diplomacy, alongside Digital Media, as a medium, through which sustainable Indigenous African Cultural Heritage could be promoted and protected. Specifically, the purpose of the case study is to investigate and explore sustainable and effective ways that could use the global digital infrastructure as an instrument of Cultural Diplomacy to safeguard the San/Bushman Cultural Heritage. With the power of Digital Media, Cultural Diplomacy linked to Indigenous Cultural Heritage could positively influence global public opinion and the ideology of individuals, communities, cultures or nations on the values of African Indigenous Cultural Heritage

Yara Moulla

PhD Student

Yara Moualla has MA degree in Art and Archaeology from the Lebanese University, Beirut and another MA degree in Cultural Heritage for development from the University of Turin, Italy in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. She was the Arts project manager at the British Council in the United Arab Emirates in 2008. In 2009 she made a return to Syria where she worked with civil society to shift the national agenda to mobilise culture as a pillar for development. She is part of the UNESCO expert pools and consulting the Syria Trust for development in their role in evaluating the nomination files for intangible cultural heritage at the UNESCO 2003 convention. Moualla lives in Berlin and preparing a PhD with the University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin; examining the soft power of cultural heritage through the theory of change with a special focus on the Syrian context.

Nasser Alkubaisi

Nasser Alkubaisi

PhD Student

Nasser Alkubaisi is based at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. He has previously studied in Qatar and Austria gaining qualifications in English Literature (BA) and Human Rights with a focus on International Law (MA). His doctoral research comprises an investigation of the role that mega-sporting events play in the promotion of peace and understanding. Nasser is particularly interested in the treatment of workers in Qatar within an international human rights framework. His study aims to identify reforms in the country’s employment sector and their efficacy with regard to the treatment of workers employed on mega projects. Nasser is also interested in reforms in the realm of human rights protections and, an examination of how these will be sustained beyond the end of the 2022 Football World Cup.
Reem Kassem

Reem Kassem

PhD Student

Reen Kassem is a PhD candidate at the University of West Scotland, and a cultural manager with 17 years of experience in the cultural sector, including in performing arts, community arts, economic development, and cultural policies.
In her previous appointments, her roles included: the Head of Performing Arts at the Library of Alexandria (Egypt), Manager of Programming & Cultural Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation ADMAF, Manager of Community and Education, and Director of AGORA for Arts and Culture NGO. Currently she is a theatre programmer at the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi. Reem’s research project explores cultural engagement as a framework to facilitate a role for Ministries of Culture to act as enablers between ministries, while developing policies to counter violent extremism. The model will frame policy recommendations in new innovative approaches, skills and tools concerning complex environments impacted by conflict and violence, suggesting policy-level cross-sectoral collaboration with culture at the heart of these strategies.
The research will look at two different cultural policies models; firstly, where the state is a strong supporter of culture and secondly, the case where the state’s support of culture is minimal. The research will also include a review of best practice from grassroots initiatives in locations such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. In addition, data will be gathered from Bab Elbahr international festival, taking the event to new locations, examining new target groups by developing a community engagement methodology.