sport, cultural events and festivals

Sport, cultural events and festivals

This theme includes:

  • studies of leverage and legacy;
  • mega sport events and human rights;
  • event bidding;
  • events and urban development 

Centre staff have extensive expertise in sporting and cultural events and festivals. Our work ranges from policy and practice to the impact and evaluation of mega, major and local events on societyWe are interested in the social, cultural and economic impact and evaluation of events and festivals. We have conducted research evaluation and impact on London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Glasgow 2014 Cultural Festival Programme, Glasgow 2014 Commonweatlh Games, Toronto, Parapan Games, 2015, Rio Olympics 2016 and many other national and local sporting and cultural events. The centre will continue to bid for tendered commissions and research grants in these areas, working with a range of international partners. Presently, we are working with colleagues in Canada, USA, Australia, Germany and Poland. One of our staff is acting as an expert advisor to the OECD draft recommendation on Global Events and Local Development and is a member of the European Cultural Parliament. 

Our most recent projects in this thematic area include: major UK-Canada research on Leveraging Parasport Events for Sustainable Community Participation (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Canada); EventsRights, exploring the impact of major sporting events on human rights (European Commission); and FESTSPACE, exploring the role of festivals and events in the production of inclusive public space in Europe (Humanities in the European Area).

Blogs on this theme:

A Postcard from Normality…

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,...

Prof. David McGillivray contributes to public meeting on the commodification of Edinburgh’s public spaces

On Wednesday 22nd January, 2020, more than 700 people attended a public meeting titled “City for Sale: The Commodification of Edinburgh's Public Spaces” in Central Hall, Edinburgh. Organised by the Cockburn Association, this event was the outcome of controversy...

CCSE Professors Contribute to Tokyo Policy Forum on the Paralympics and Social Change

CCSE Professors, David McGillivray and Gayle McPherson recently returned from a week in Tokyo, Japan, as part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Japan-UK project focused on the Paralympic Games and Social Change. The project is designed to build...

Fetching a Coat: Finding a Concept that Fits Arts, Culture, Health & Wellbeing

The search for concepts I feel comfortable with to describe arts, culture, health and wellbeing has been a long one. Theories and concepts have been described as a lens to see the world or a framework to scaffold the thesis. For me it has felt more like trying on many...

A Glimpse of Normality. Notes from the Covid-19 Circus

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...

Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe

CCSE’s Professor David McGillivray and Dr Severin Guillard are in Gdańsk, Poland, this week attending the conference “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” as part of their HERA-funded project FESTSPACE.  David and Severin are accompanied by their four...

Sport Diplomacy & the Pandemic of Racism: Addressing Issues on Athletic Activism & Protest

COVID-19 has hugely affected - and is still affecting - lives across the world. Isolation, economic shutdown and contact tracing have impacted our psychology, our daily routines and social activities. Among many effects, the potential threat to people's mental health,...

CCSE Seminar Series Details Announced!

The CCSE PhD research student team are delighted to announce the details of the first CCSE Seminar series! The CCSE will host three lunchtime seminars across January and February 2020. We have invited researchers and professionals to deliver presentations across on...

Commemorative Events and the COVID-19 Pandemic

FESTSPACE Co-Investigator, Dr Bernadette Quinn, recently published this article on the FESTSPACE webpage; it reappears here by kind permission. Being able to use public space is something we routinely take for granted. However, in recent months governments have...

RSSE Graduation 19/20 & Community Sports Hubs (CSH) VS COVID19

This week, Active Schools Coordinators Tammy Johnston and David Rose reflect on the ways in which the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted on their work and, on the experiences of the young people they work with. Active Schools is a government initative funded by...