The Centre for Culture, Sport and Events team
Professor Gayle McPherson
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.
Professor David McGillivray
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.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
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.
Graham Jeffery is Reader in Music and Performance 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.
Dr Sophie Mamattah
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.
Dr Séverin Guillard
Dr Séverin Guillard is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, where he contributes to the FestSpace HERA project (Festivals, Events and Inclusive Space in Europe). In 2016, he completed a PhD dissertation on the imaginaries and practices of urban space in French and American rap music in a context of cultural globalisation. This work drew on ethnographic data gathered across several local scenes in France (Paris and Lille) and the United States (Atlanta and Minneapolis). In 2019, he also contributed to a collective research at the University of Cergy-Pontoise on the impact of theatres in disadvantaged cities of the Parisian “banlieue”. He held positions as a temporary lecturer at the Universities of Paris Est and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he taught classes in cultural and social geography, urban studies, and tourism studies.
Professor Colin Clark
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.
Professor Margaret Arnott
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.
Dr Alison McCandlish
Dr Alison McCandlish is a Research Associate in the School of Business and Creative Industries at UWS, having an academic background in Creative Media Practice, European Urban Conservation, Education and Town Planning. Her PhD concentrated on revealing hidden heritage through creative research methods and the role of digital cultural asset mapping in bidding for City of Culture Status. As Educational Coordinator for the UWS led Digital Commonwealth Project, Alison managed the educational engagement aspects of this Scotland wide project, resulting in the publication of digital storytelling toolkits and delivery of schools projects across 57 schools, 23 Local Authorities with 585 participants. Alison ensured successful project management of £1.3 million of environmental improvement grant schemes, generating £4.35 million of investment into local communities, with funding from English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and others throughout her Local Authority career. Alison is an Associate Tutor with University College of Estate Management.
Alison is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), a chartered town planner (MRTPI), a recognised Historic Environment Service Provider under the IHBC HESPR scheme, and member of the Association of Illustrators. She runs an award winning freelance consultancy specialising in community engagement for arts and heritage projects and as part of this acts as newsblog consultant and digital media coordinator for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
CCSE Renfrewshire Council Cultural Regeneration Team
Strategic Lead, Paisley Partnership
Leonie Bell joined Renfrewshire Council in autumn 2018 in a newly-created post of Paisley Partnership, Strategic Lead for Cultural Regeneration. In this role, Leonie leads on the delivery of a far-reaching 2021 Future Paisley plan that builds from the bid legacy plan and develops opportunities to establish Paisley as a centre for excellence for cultural regeneration. The approach brings together local, Scottish and UK partners to harness the power of culture to impact on education, health, poverty and wellbeing across Renfrewshire – and to help make those benefits available to all. The Future Paisley Partnership Board includes representation from the council and local community plus University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, Glasgow Airport, the NHS, Creative Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, Young Scot, Scottish Enterprise, and Arts and Business Scotland.
Leonie was previously seconded into the Scottish Government to develop A Culture Strategy for Scotland, a strategy that is both culturally and socially ambitious. Before this Leonie was Director of Arts at Creative Scotland where she had responsibility for creative learning dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. Prior to this, she led the development of the Scotland wide cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and paved the way for its Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games equivalent. Before joining Creative Scotland, Leonie was programme director at The Lighthouse: Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and the City for 8 years.
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 PhD Students
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 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.