CCSE Events

Events at CCSE

On 28th November 2023, Prof Gayle McPherson spoke at RSA Fellowship Event, Perspectives on International Cultural Relations. The discussion focused on international cultural relations from a variety of viewpoints and across a number of differing contexts.

The 2023 symposium took place on 8th June 2023. The event focused around Understanding & Measuring Value in Culture, (Sport) Events & Tourism. To find out more about thge programme, click here.

Take a stroll around Paisley with CCSE doctoral research student Marlene Zijlstra (@MarleneZijlstra) & participate in her #HiddenSpacesInPaisley research. Have your say on perceptions of unused and under appreciated space about town! find out more, here.

Help Shape the National Events Strategy Refresh! The Scottish event sector, Government, Local Authorities and VisitScotland are working to review and update Scotland’s national events strategy (2015–2025). There are several consultation events supporting this process and the views of the sector’s stakeholders are sought as a crucial input into this process:

Prof Katarzyna Kosmala is co-convening a panel at 19th IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress. The conference is to take place in New Delhi, India from 14th -20th October 2023… find out more, here.

The launch event for our Spirit of 2012 supported #FestivalsConnect project took place in April 2023. This work explores the ways in which festivals and events foster connected & cohesive communities. Find out more about the event here:

Our next research seminar is taking place on Wednesday 8th March 2023, Post-qualitative Inquiry in Sport and Exercise: experimenting with a lively ontology & Preparing and Editing a Special Issue: Challenges and Opportunities. Come and join us!

CCSE Deputy Director – Professor Sandro Carnicelli – gave his inaugural lecture on 4th March 2023. The topic of his lecture was “Caring Capacity: Tourism & Education in the Age of Destruction”. 

Convene is a programme of webinars, presentations and Q&As, designed to address practical topics and themes that our Convene, Challenge, Connect programme research identified as being areas of need within the sector.

CCSE Director, Prof. Gayle McPherson created a webinar drawing on our work on monitoring and evaluating social value, presented in October 2022. 

This symposium, part of the EventRights research project took place on 20th June 2022  We had a fantastic speaker line up discussing a range of fascinating topic areas related to sport events and human rights.

Our 2022 annual symposium took place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

Over the course of the lpandemic and beyond, we have seen a renewed focus on localism and the importance of our local places as a feature of the disruptive effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Mobility has been restricted, events attendance moved online, and people found a greater appreciation for their local blue, grey and green spaces.

CCSE is delighted to announce an upcoming Open Lecture to be given by Lui Carvahlho; IMG Senior VP Tennis Events & Tournament Director for the events at Queens, Rio Open,Chengdu, Shenzen, exploring ATP/WTA Events Management. Lui will talk about WTA/ATP Events Management.

The lecture is a free event and open to all interested parties, for more information, and to register for attendance, follow this link.

We hope you can join us in November!

The 2021 edition of the Open Mind Summit will take place on Friday 8th October, 2021. This year’s theme Mental Health for All embraces three subthemes: Nature for All, Connections for All and Justice for All. The programme this year will reflect these themes, with 3 keynote speakers, a morning panel discussion and a range of workshops. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of Open Mind Summit and take part in our first ever community of practice session as we develop into a network. Find out more and book tickets here.

Recovery, Repair & Renewal: The role of arts and culture in the future of urban places will explore the challenges encountered and opportunities presented for arts and culture practitioners, policy-makers and participants over the last 15 months. There is a significant opportunity to reflect upon and explore the role that arts and culture can play in post-COVID recovery and renewal in urban settings. Find out more and register to attend here.

CALL FOR PAPERS! Special Issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, guest edited by Dr Sam Elkington (Teesside University) and Dr Sandro Carnicelli (University of the West of Scotland): Leisure & The University. Find out more here.

#MyPaisleyMyStories forum events hosted by CCSE PhD student Conor Wilson will take place online

Thursday 25th March 2021 (13:00 – 15:00)
Thursday 1st April 2021 (18:30 – 20:30)
Saturday 3rd April 2021 (11:00 – 13:00)

“My Paisley, My Stories” is a new form for local people to share their views on how Paisley is represented in the media, the narratives and ideas used to promote the town and how they would like to see the town represented in the future. My Paisley, My Stories is a part of a doctoral research project currently being undertaken at the University of the West of Scotland. I am looking to hear the views and experiences of local people. How do you feel about how Paisley has been represented in the media? Has this change in recent years? How would you like to see Paisley represented and what vision do you have for Paisley’s future?”

Find out more and sign up to take part here.

***Please note, this event has been postponed and will now take place in 2022***

Call for papers for:

Critical inquiry, arts-based methodologies and participatory approaches for sustainable heritage futures of industrial sites

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala (University of the West of Scotland, UK) and Dr Tomasz Jelenski (Cracow University of Technology, Krakow, Poland, and INTBAU College of Chapters)

This session addresses a perpetuating disjunction between conceptualisation of heritage and heritage making in heritage studies vis-a-vis heritage management and conservation of industrial heritage sites. There is an inevitable impact of this disjunction on advancing policy in people- and place-centred approaches to heritage futures. This session aims to explore ways in which tangible and intangible traces of the past can be utilised creatively in shaping desirable places to dwell and work. How can we address re-placing the natural and social legacy in neglected urban settings of industrial heritage sites through assembling informal archives and experimenting with art, while engaging local communities in building more equitable futures? […]

CCSE is delighted to present a Virtual Conference on May 27th 2020, with contributions from academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK, Europe and North America to talk about how we navigate a future for the festivals and events sector.

We will post details about how to join in shortly, but in the meantime please save the date May 27th 2020, 13:15- 16:15.

International Tourism

Imene El Azzaoui – ‘Destination Branding and Cultural Tourism in Algeria’
Navin Bardewa – ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Public Policy for Tourism in Nepal’

UWS Paisley Campus, room J211, 1-2pm.  Everyone is welcome, so bring your lunch down and hear about some of the fascinating research taking place within the CCSE, across the university and beyond! If you have any requirements or questions please contact

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 topics relevant to the work of the Centre. Each session will feature two 15 minute presentations, with 25 minutes for Q+A.

The line-up is as follows:
15th January– Arts, Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy (Prof Gayle McPherson and Dr Allan Moore, Oluwaseyi Aina)

29th January– Sport, Cultural Events and Festivals (Dr Carlton Brick, Solomon IIevbare)

26th February– Place-Focused Cultural Regeneration (Dr Clare Edwards, Conor Wilson)

All sessions will take place at UWS Paisley Campus in room J211 unless stated otherwise. Everyone is welcome, so bring your lunch down and hear about some of the fascinating research taking place within the CCSE, across the university and beyond! If you have any requirements or questions please contact

All seminars will take place from 1-2pm

FESTSPACE event- 14 June 2019

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 might effectively host interactions and exchanges between people from different cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and socio-demographic backgrounds. It explores how festivals and events affect the inclusivity of Europe’s urban public spaces. With a focus on Western European cities (Glasgow, London, Dublin, Barcelona & Gothenburg) that are dealing with significant demographic changes arising from in-migration, the project seeks to contribute to closing research gaps, advancing theoretical and methodological approaches and, to create impact through close collaboration with influential academic and non-academic partners and stakeholders from across Europe. Over the next two years, the project will address three inter-related questions:

*What different types of festive public space exists across Europe and what lessons can we learn about inclusivity from these models?
*How do festivals and events affect who uses outdoor and indoor urban public spaces and how they interact within them?
*What are the enduring effects on inclusivity of festivals and events staged in public spaces?

To launch FESTSPACE, we are hosting a day-long symposium comprising talks and facilitated discussions aimed at exploring some of the contemporary issues outlined above. Stakeholders from across the events, planning and participation spectrum are invited to participate in what we hope will be a day of insightful dialogue and debate.

Find out more and book here via EventBrite

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