CCSE Team

The Centre for Culture, Sport and Events team

Professor Gayle McPherson

Professor Gayle McPherson

CCSE Director

Professor Gayle McPherson holds a Chair in Events and Cultural Policy within the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She joined the University in 2010 from Glasgow Caledonian University where she was a Professor in Cultural Policy and Head of Department of Cultural Business.  Her research interests revolve around the interventions of the local and national state and wider agencies in events and festivity of all types and the social and cultural impacts of large-scale events on communities.  She is particularly interested in the contested role of events in leveraging social change.

She recently completed a research project for the British Council on the Contribution of Art and Culture in Global Security and Stability and is currently working on Inclusive Cultural Heritage for Skills Development in Kenya on behalf of the British Council. She is also working on a follow-up study on Leveraging Parasport for Community Engagement on behalf of the SSHRC with collegues in Canada and is part of an ESRC networking grant on sport and disability with Waseda University in Japan for the Toyko 2020 Olympics.  She teaches in the broad area of cultural sociology and in particular the role of events and culture in cultural diplomacy as a soft power initiative between nations and states. She has a range of external roles and she acted as the Legacy and Evaluation advisor to Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid team, is member of European Cultural Parliament and also teaches at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and is an expert advisor to the OECD on their Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development. She is a REF sub-panel member of Unit 24 Sport, Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism 2021, and is Co-Chief Editor of Frontiers in Sport and Active Living,: Sport, Leisure and Tourism section.  She has published widely in the events, culture sport and festivals area and is a reviewer for many journals and acts as a college panel member for the AHRC.

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Professor David McGillivray

Professor David McGillivray

CCSE Deputy Director

Professor David McGillivray holds a Chair in Event and Digital Cultures at the University of West Scotland, United Kingdom. His research focuses 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. The second main area of interest is the affordances of digital and social media in enabling (and constraining) participation in civic life, including in relation to major sport events. He has published extensively on the topic of accelerated leisure cultures and digital technology, focusing on the wider social and cultural implications for producers, consumers and regulators across the lifespan. He recently led a large practice/research project Digital Commonwealth that explored themes of digital storytelling, digital citizenship, participatory cultures and community development in the context of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He is the co-editor of Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) and co-author of Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy (Routledge, 2012) and Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance (Routledge, 2017). He is currently Deputy Editor of the Annals of Leisure Research and sits on the Editorial Board of Leisure Studies.

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Professor Katarzyna Kosmala

Lead Resarcher

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala holds a Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the University of the West of Scotland. She is also a curator, and art writer. Previously, Visiting Research Fellow at GEXcel, Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linköping University & Örebro University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2012 she has led Interdisciplinary Research Network Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe. Her area of expertise include participatory approaches to regeneration; heritage, communities and marginalization; intangible culture and representation, heritage and gender. Also researches and publishes on construction and representation of gender and identity in contemporary (visual) culture including video and new media arts, artists and meaning of work, creativity and enterprise in the context of cultural globalisation; art production; arts-run projects; art criticism; politics of representation. Also researches alternative forms of organizing (arts-led regeneration, participatory practice) under transitions in the socio-economic and cultural contexts of emerging democracies (including post-Communist legacy) and in more peripheral locations and contexts.  Currently Co-Leads The Social Fabric – Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, a novel research under new multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society and the School of Engineering and Computing on the interaction of people and materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. Last year, the project team obtained a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award for A Car for a Women and Other Stories project.

Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013), Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge). Recent exhibitions include: Riverside Solidarity (QEUH Glasgow 2018); Azimuth: Sound/Image (TMU and Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), Exporting Zagreb (National Museum of Gdansk, 2016), Exporting Gdansk (HDLU, Zagreb, 2015). Writes regularly about video and new media art in international art journals and catalogues. Recently also co-curated the CCA hosted series: Curating Europes’ Futures.

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Dr Sandro Carnicelli

Dr Sandro Carnicelli

Lead Researcher

Sandro is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Leader of the Marketing, Events and Tourism Unit at the University of the West of Scotland. Sandro has been developing research and working in the field of Events and Tourism in Brazil, New Zealand and Scotland for over 15 years. Sandro has published articles in international journals including Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Management, Leisure Studies, Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, and World Leisure. He is a Co-Chair in the Young Academy of Scotland of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sandro is also a member of the ABRATUR (International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil). Sandro is on the Editorial Board of Tourism Management Perspectives, Leisure Studies, Annals of Leisure Research and he is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

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Professor Colin Clark

Professor Colin Clark

Lead Researcher

Professor Colin Clark holds a chair in Sociology and Social Policy and teaches sociology and social policy at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). His research is mainly located within the fields of Romani studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies, with a special interest in issues of identity, migration and citizenship. Colin gained his PhD in Anthropology and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh (1992) and has held Sociology and Social Policy lectureships at Glasgow and Newcastle University, as well as a Senior Lectureship and Associate Dean post at Strathclyde University. He moved to UWS in 2013 and has continued to publish widely in his principle research areas, as well as supervising a number of PhD students.

Outside of UWS, Colin sits on the Board of Directors of the Glasgow based anti-racist organisation the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and he is also a Trustee of the Roma Rights group Friends of Romano Lav (FoRL). Colin supervises one of our PhD students in Cultural Diplomacy, examining the role of mega-events in cultural diplomacy to aid the human rights in the Middle East. He is author of ‘For Work, We came here to find work’ Migrant Roma employment and the labour of language (2018) and Romani activism and community development: are mediators the way forward?’ (2018) and co-author of Power, Privelege and Justice: Intersectionality as Human Rights (2016). He has published extensively in a range of international journals including: Journal of Human Rights, Journal of People, Place and Policy and has worked for the Scottish Commission on Human Rights and the British Council and the Insitute for Public Policy Research.

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Professor Margaret Arnott

Professor Margaret Arnott

Lead Researcher

Professor Margaret Arnott holds a chair in Public Policy. Margaret joined UWS as Professor of Public Policy in 2013. Previously she was Professor of Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Over the past twenty five years she has also held posts at University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham.

Margaret’s research interests and expertise include politics of public policy, constitutional politics, territorial politics and governance. She also has a particular interest in the politics of education policy and social justice. Margaret has extensively researched education policy making She also has extensive research experience of Scottish/UK politics especially devolution and public policy. She has undertaken externally funded research in her areas of research expertise including the ESRC funded project exploring Education and Nationalism under the SNP Devolved Government since 2007. She is an Associate Director of the Centre for Families and Relationships a consortium of Universities on applied policy focused research on families and relationships. She is also currently a House of Commons Academic Fellow researching  Brexit and devolution. Margaret also has extensive experience of research and knowledge transfer for policy makers, practitioners and the wider public.

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Dr Sophie Mamattah

Research Associate

Dr Sophie Mamattah joined UWS in April 2016, having recently completed her doctoral research into migration and identity at the University of Glasgow. Dr Mamattah has been involved in the successful delivery of both large and medium scale EU funded projects in which she has fulfilled a number of roles, including research, coordination, budget management, and reporting. Dr Mamattah will be responsible for conducting the majority of the desk based review of extant literatures and analysis for the project, under the supervision of the PI. She worked on the desk based review of literature for the previous British Council research project in 2016/7.  She has extensive experience of conducting social research with an emphasis on qualitative and mixed methodological approaches.

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Professor Graham Jeffrey

Lead Resarcher

Graham Jeffery is Professor in Arts and Media Practice and Education Lead for Culture and Creativity at UWS. His work spans participatory and community arts practices, creative pedagogies, cultural policy and urban and community development. Current research projects include “Resources of Hope: giving voice to underprivileged communities in India”, working in participatory art, design and media in Dharavi, Mumbai, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund. Graham has also worked as a teacher, composer and facilitator in a wide range of contexts, including work with London International Festival of Theatre, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and East London Dance, as well as in policy advice and consultancy with CapeUK, Creative Scotland and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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CCSE Renfrewshire Council Cultural Regeneration Team

Louisa Mahon

Louisa Mahon

Head of Marketing, Comms & Events

Louisa Mahon is Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council. She is the strategic lead for the Paisley Partnership and has responsibility for corporate communications and marketing, cultural regeneration, regional destination marketing and the council’s major events programme – which attracts 160,000 attendees each year. Louisa’s remit also includes overseeing the Capital Appeal for Paisley Museum Reimagined. Louisa led the campaign for Paisley’s Bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and Paisley’s bid to host the Royal National Mod in 2022. Previously she held senior marketing and PR roles in local government and at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Dr Clare Edwards

Dr Clare Edwards

Cultural Regeneration Officer

Clare joined the Council in autumn 2018 as part of the new Cultural Regeneration Team, building on the legacy of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid. The team is responsible for developing an overarching, collaborative and unifying approach to cultural regeneration and renewal for Paisley set within the context of social change and transformation. Clare’s role involves providing cultural policy expertise, identifying new opportunities, delivering existing commitments and developing relationships and partnerships.

Clare’s AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, investigated the emergence of cultural policy in Glasgow in the decades leading to European City of Culture 1990. She also has a Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Prior to starting her PhD, Clare spent 11 years working in arts development, with a particular focus on education, learning and social inclusion, in the North East of England at Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and Baltic, the Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead.

CCSE Doctoral Research Students

Conor Wilson

Conor Wilson

PhD Student

I have recently began my doctoral study within the School of Business and Creative Industries   at the University of the West of Scotland. I have a varied research interest, which is reflected in my diverse academic background. Prior to my commencing my PhD study, I have recently completed an MSc in Applied Social Science (Criminal Justice and Community Practice) at UWS, graduating with distinction. In completing my MSc research, I was one of the first students from the university to complete a collaborative research project alongside Police Scotland. I also hold a BA (Hons) in Sociology.
My research explores the role of the media within culture-led regeneration. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of both traditional and social media in creating and circulating messages about Paisley and its social, economic and cultural histories, and to assess the impact that this has in terms of place impressions. As such, the overarching aim is to explore the extent to which the Paisley 2021 UK Capital of Culture bid’s media campaigns impacted on both internal and external perceptions of Paisley.

Niclas Hell

Niclas Hell

PhD Student

Niclas is a PhD student in Economics of Cultural Regeneration since 2019. Studying economic aspects of the urban regeneration in Paisley, he will evaluate efforts of creating inclusive growth and attractiveness of a regenerated town centre. With his academic background in political science, Niclas has worked in NGOs with analysis and communication, as well as in educational game design.

Lan Pham

Lan Pham

PhD Student

Lan’s interests, both professionally and personally are in improving health and wellbeing. She has done this by facilitating social connections and encouraging participation with activity groups, events and services. This led to her joining UWS, to undertake a PhD that explores how health inequalities might be tackled by cultural regeneration, through examining how the arts affect health. Lan started her academic study and career as an economist. In her role as an economic development consultant, she specialised in the sectors of tourism, renewable energy and higher education. She then moved to working with advice services. This gave her experience of research centred around people’s experiences of poverty, the many dimensions of exclusion and deprivation and the pathways in and out of crisis. In her career, she was interested in improving processes and methodologies to demonstrate impact and undertake evaluation. Lan was an advocate for taking a holistic approach to articulating value, that centred around people’s experiences and highlighted mechanisms and context as well as outcomes.