Established in 2018, the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events (CCSE) undertakes collaborative research across the social sciences, business and humanities. Research outputs produced by the Centre have been deemed 4* world leading, and our impact case study Events as Social Change was judged as 4* internationally outstanding in the UK REF 2021 review.

Renfrewshire Council is a key local partner; CCSE provides research and evaluation support for the local authority. More widely, we conduct research with international partners with a focus on sport mega-events and human rights, sport and disability, cultural heritage and inclusion, culture, sport and soft power, sport and art diplomacy, tourism development, and tourism, sustainability and cultural regeneration. We have four key research themes:

place-focused cultural regeneration

 arts, cultural diplomacy, and soft power

 

 

sport, cultural events and festivals

 

media, communication and digital cultures.

 

Current Blogs and Tweets

What Lies Beyond Objectives and Definitions in Arts and Mental Health?

What Lies Beyond Objectives and Definitions in Arts and Mental Health?

The arts and health sector is being mapped out by potential funders using a tight definition. Creative Scotland sees this activity as being led by professional artists, with explicit artistic and health/wellbeing objectives, and designed to improve health and...

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(Il)liberal Nation Projection Through Sport, Culture, Entertainment, and International Broadcasting

(Il)liberal Nation Projection Through Sport, Culture, Entertainment, and International Broadcasting

CCSE Director Professor Gayle McPherson and Centre members Solomon Ilevbare and I travelled to Manchester on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th October. After checking in to our hotel and getting settled, we headed out for a bite to eat in Chinatown, sampling some...

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An Exciting and Growing Community Hub; Paisley Men’s Shed

An Exciting and Growing Community Hub; Paisley Men’s Shed

The hashtag #Shedders is one that is gaining recognition nationally. It denotes the steadily rising Men’s Shed community, a community focussed on supporting men’s mental health and wellbeing. Men’s Sheds are now being recognised all over the UK and Scotland, with...

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ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

Recently, Paisley's marvellous STAR Project completed a 9-month long, seasons inspired, arts based therapeutic intervention; ApArt. Funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Fund, the project supported community members to address feelings of anxiety relating...

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The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Paisley Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Scheme 2 (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a £4.5M regeneration programme led by Renfrewshire Council, with match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Running since 2016, and...

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Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

With its Future Paisley programme, Paisley has demonstrated a drive to improve the town's public spaces through the medium of regeneration, whereby participation and community input has become a key tool of success. The projects created by Future Paisley intersect...

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The First Summary since the Last Summary: Life on the CCSE Blog

The First Summary since the Last Summary: Life on the CCSE Blog

Another wee while has flown by since the last slightly random summary of CCSE blog activity; we have tentatively emerged from COVID restriction, endured unusual summer heat and enjoyed another season of outdoor sports. To accommodate a winter World Cup, football has...

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The Centre will build on the University’s local, national and international expertise in these areas, bringing a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to its research enquiries into policy and practice, advancing the production of new knowledge.

Research evidence produced through the Centre will contribute to academic excellence and influence policy makers and practitioners working in culture, sport and events and social policy and change.