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:

FESTSPACE: Linking Our Wider Research with Our Local Interests

FESTSPACE is our recently commenced multi-institution collaboration led by our Deputy Director Professor David McGillivray. The project will examine the ways in which festivals and events enable or restrict access to, and use of, public spaces, including the extent to...

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...

The Anniversary Of London 2012 Olympic Games – The Social Value Of Events?

Our Spirit of London 2012 and Local Trust funded research project examining the social value of community events was completed at the end of last year. This week, I participated in a webinar alongside project collaborator Tamsin Cox. Chaired by Bill Morris, LVO, and,...

Invisible Threads

German philosopher and cultural critic Fredrich Nietzsche once said “invisible threads are the strongest ties”. As well as being reminiscent of Paisley’s very own Sma Shot, there is the undeniable truth that the invisible threads Nietzsche refers to are what binds our...

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,...

UWS hosts Scottish PhD student training session – Spring into Methods

Lead researchers from CCSE delivered a training event for PhD students from throughout Scotland, as part of the as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities interdisciplinary doctoral student...

Paisley’s Heart and Soul – A Short Film

Earlier in the year, CCSE staff got together with colleagues from STAR Project to deliver a workshop alongside STAR community members. The workshop was an opportunity to discuss community experiences of culture in and around Paisley and Renfrewshire. The workshop was...

Festivals, Events & the COVID-19 Pandemic

CCSE Deputy Director Professor David McGillivray has recently published the following blog post as part of the FESTSPACE project he leads discussing the impact and implications of COVID-19 on the festivals, events and public spaces that project is investigating. This...

The Impact of COVID19 – A view from Glasgow Life

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