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:

COP26 – A Paddle into Podcasts

The delayed COP26 summit is to begin on the last day of October, amid the road closures and the rail strikes, the challenges of social distancing and - perhaps - of Scottish weather in autumn, over 30,000 attendees representing over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs and...

‘Au revoir’ FESTSPACE & CCSE (But Hopefully Not An ‘Adieu’!)

This Thursday, I complete my last day at UWS before I move back to France to start a permanent job as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Amiens. As I have been a member of CCSE over the last two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the FESTSPACE project, I...

A Youth-Led Cultural Revolution

Every week at PACE we see first-hand how positive creative and cultural experiences can transform social, educational and wellbeing outcomes for young people – particularly to those most disadvantaged. Research shows that young people participating in the arts do...

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...

Recovery, Repair & Renewal: The role of arts and culture in the future of urban places

The Centre for Culture, Sport & Events is delighted to invite you to our virtual annual conference. The event ‘Recovery, Repair & Renewal: The role of arts and culture in the future of urban places’ will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2021. The Centre for...

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...

CCSE Launch Event || Short Film

We’re delighted with this short visual reminder of our launch event which was a great opportunity to increase awareness of CCSE and its activities, bringing together stakeholders from across the Renfrewshire and Glasgow regions with policy makers, community members, creative industry and academic participants active locally and nationally. Our panel discussion developed into a thought provoking debate drawing on examples of success and giving due consideration to the challenges and opportunities to be negotiated if cultural regeneration is to be a positive experience for all.

Big Questions & Resourceful Answers: V&A Dundee’s Covid 19 Response

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns, many museums developed and put in place online digital offerings. This prompted quite a lot of handwringing and self-reflection across the sector, as well as for me personally. I immediately felt slightly...

FESTSPACE on Dublin City FM

Professor David McGillivray spoke on Dublin City FM about the HERA funded FESTSPACE project launch. FESTSPACE is a HERA-funded project which focuses on how festivals and events enable or restrict access to, and use of, public spaces, including the extent to which they...

The Sporty Sister

Growing up in Paisley, it felt very easy to be ushered into a world of culture. Once, I remember being told by my Glaswegian grandfather that Paisley was “Glasgow’s artsy little sister” and in fairness, I think he may have had a point. Look through a list of people...