The Centre for Culture, Sport and Events team
Professor Gayle McPherson
Professor Gayle McPherson holds a Chair in Events and Cultural Policy within the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She joined the University in 2010 from Glasgow Caledonian University where she was a Professor in Cultural Policy and Head of Department of Cultural Business. Her research interests revolve around the interventions of the local and national state and wider agencies in events and festivity of all types and the social and cultural impacts of large-scale events on communities. She is particularly interested in the contested role of events in leveraging social change.
She recently completed a research project for the British Council on the Contribution of Art and Culture in Global Security and Stability and is currently working on Inclusive Cultural Heritage for Skills Development in Kenya on behalf of the British Council. She is also working on a follow-up study on Leveraging Parasport for Community Engagement on behalf of the SSHRC with collegues in Canada and is part of an ESRC networking grant on sport and disability with Waseda University in Japan for the Toyko 2020 Olympics. She teaches in the broad area of cultural sociology and in particular the role of events and culture in cultural diplomacy as a soft power initiative between nations and states. She has a range of external roles and she acted as the Legacy and Evaluation advisor to Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid team, is member of European Cultural Parliament and also teaches at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and is an expert advisor to the OECD on their Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development. She is a REF sub-panel member of Unit 24 Sport, Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism 2021, and is Co-Chief Editor of Frontiers in Sport and Active Living,: Sport, Leisure and Tourism section. She has published widely in the events, culture sport and festivals area and is a reviewer for many journals and acts as a college panel member for the AHRC.
Professor David McGillivray
CCSE Deputy Director
He is the co-editor of Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) and co-author of Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy (Routledge, 2012) and Event Bidding: Politics, Persuasion and Resistance (Routledge, 2017). He is currently Deputy Editor of the Annals of Leisure Research and sits on the Editorial Board of Leisure Studies.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala holds a Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the University of the West of Scotland. She is also a curator, and art writer. Previously, Visiting Research Fellow at GEXcel, Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linköping University & Örebro University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2012 she has led Interdisciplinary Research Network Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe. Her area of expertise include participatory approaches to regeneration; heritage, communities and marginalization; intangible culture and representation, heritage and gender. Also researches and publishes on construction and representation of gender and identity in contemporary (visual) culture including video and new media arts, artists and meaning of work, creativity and enterprise in the context of cultural globalisation; art production; arts-run projects; art criticism; politics of representation. Also researches alternative forms of organizing (arts-led regeneration, participatory practice) under transitions in the socio-economic and cultural contexts of emerging democracies (including post-Communist legacy) and in more peripheral locations and contexts. Currently Co-Leads The Social Fabric – Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, a novel research under new multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society and the School of Engineering and Computing on the interaction of people and materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. Last year, the project team obtained a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award for A Car for a Women and Other Stories project.
Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013), Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge). Recent exhibitions include: Riverside Solidarity (QEUH Glasgow 2018); Azimuth: Sound/Image (TMU and Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), Exporting Zagreb (National Museum of Gdansk, 2016), Exporting Gdansk (HDLU, Zagreb, 2015). Writes regularly about video and new media art in international art journals and catalogues. Recently also co-curated the CCA hosted series: Curating Europes’ Futures.
Professor Graham Jeffrey
Graham Jeffery is Professor in Arts and Media Practice and Education Lead for Culture and Creativity at UWS. His work spans participatory and community arts practices, creative pedagogies, cultural policy and urban and community development. Current research projects include “Resources of Hope: giving voice to underprivileged communities in India”, working in participatory art, design and media in Dharavi, Mumbai, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund. Graham has also worked as a teacher, composer and facilitator in a wide range of contexts, including work with London International Festival of Theatre, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and East London Dance, as well as in policy advice and consultancy with CapeUK, Creative Scotland and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Dr Adam Talbot
Adam joined UWS in 2022 as a Lecturer in Events Management previously been a Lecturer in Sport and Event Management at Coventry University and Lecturer in Sport Development at Abertay University. His research focusses on the impacts of events on host communities, particularly the deleterious impacts of sport mega-events, while also exploring the reaction to these impacts by communities. He completed his PhD at the University of Brighton, focussing on the spatial politics of resistance to favela evictions in the context of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has subsequently conducted follow-up research in Rio de Janeiro, exploring the concept of “legacy” and conducted research on human rights policy evolution in the context of mega-events. His current research focusses on the burgeoning transnational movement against the Olympic Games and mega-events more broadly.
Dr Adam Talbot UWS Pure Profile link
Dr Sandro Carnicelli
Sandro is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Leader of the Marketing, Events and Tourism Unit at the University of the West of Scotland. Sandro has been developing research and working in the field of Events and Tourism in Brazil, New Zealand and Scotland for over 15 years. Sandro has published articles in international journals including Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Management, Leisure Studies, Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, and World Leisure. He is a Co-Chair in the Young Academy of Scotland of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sandro is also a member of the ABRATUR (International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil). Sandro is on the Editorial Board of Tourism Management Perspectives, Leisure Studies, Annals of Leisure Research and he is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
Dr Sandro Carnicelli’s Pure Profile can be found here.
Dr Sophie Mamattah
Dr Sophie Mamattah joined UWS in April 2016, having recently completed her doctoral research into migration and identity at the University of Glasgow. Dr Mamattah has been involved in the successful delivery of both large and medium scale EU funded projects in which she has fulfilled a number of roles, including research, coordination, budget management, and reporting. Dr Mamattah will be responsible for conducting the majority of the desk based review of extant literatures and analysis for the project, under the supervision of the PI. She worked on the desk based review of literature for the previous British Council research project in 2016/7. She has extensive experience of conducting social research with an emphasis on qualitative and mixed methodological approaches.
Dr Aleksandra Webb
Dr Aleksandra Webb is a Lecturer in the Division of Management, Organisations and People. She researches issues related to human work, employment, skills and careers. She is particularly interested in topics concerning cultural labour, cultural labour markets, live arts and cultural sectors’ workforce and their skills development needs in times of rapid societal, economic and technological transformations. She has carried out several research, consultancy and evaluation projects related to skills and labour markets across a range of low and high-skilled occupations. She has published on women’s work and careers, informal work and employment, skills supplies and demands, technological transformations in the labour market and the world of work (projects, gig and platform work, new employment relations, digitalisation and digital skills in higher education and in the performing arts), and a role of arts and imagination in nurturing professional values. Currently, she investigates opportunities and impacts of digital innovation, big data and AI in relation to a sustainable post-Covid recovery and a long-term resilience of cultural sectors. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of European Training Foundation’s Skills Lab Network and sits on the Scientific Committee of the European Network on Regional Labour Market Monitoring (ENRLMM).
Dr Webb’s PURE profile can be viewed here.
Dr Masood Khodadadi
Masood is a Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management at School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland (UK). He specialises in policy, planning, heritage and marketing aspects of tourism studies. He is the author of several inter/multi-disciplinary works focusing on tourism policy, planning and development. Masood is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies. He has over a decade of work experience in the hospitality and tourism industry and has worked for companies such as Gleneagles, Hilton and the G1 Group.
Masood’s PURE profile can be viewed here.
Dr David Meir
I teach on the BSc Sport Coaching & Development degree at the UWS Ayr Campus where I deliver the physical education modules. I have been lecturing in further and higher education for 20 years. My research publications have focused on critical pedagogy, sport for development, community sport, participatory research methodologies, inclusive practice, and physical education policy. I have recently completed my PhD by publication which through building on my previous research, focused on the design, delivery and analysis of education in sport for development. In building upon this work I contend that to successfully implement education practices in SfD requires the prioritisation of participant engagement, the challenging of inequities caused by power disparities, the promotion of inclusion for social justice and the incremental development of transformational pedagogy.
David’s PURE profile can be found here.
CCSE Renfrewshire Council Cultural Regeneration Team
Head of Marketing, Comms & Events
Louisa Mahon is Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council. She is the strategic lead for the Paisley Partnership and has responsibility for corporate communications and marketing, cultural regeneration, regional destination marketing and the council’s major events programme – which attracts 160,000 attendees each year. Louisa’s remit also includes overseeing the Capital Appeal for Paisley Museum Reimagined. Louisa led the campaign for Paisley’s Bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and Paisley’s bid to host the Royal National Mod in 2022. Previously she held senior marketing and PR roles in local government and at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.
Dr Clare Edwards
Cultural Regeneration Officer
Clare joined the Council in autumn 2018 as part of the new Cultural Regeneration Team, building on the legacy of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid. The team is responsible for developing an overarching, collaborative and unifying approach to cultural regeneration and renewal for Paisley set within the context of social change and transformation. Clare’s role involves providing cultural policy expertise, identifying new opportunities, delivering existing commitments and developing relationships and partnerships.
Clare’s AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, investigated the emergence of cultural policy in Glasgow in the decades leading to European City of Culture 1990. She also has a Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Prior to starting her PhD, Clare spent 11 years working in arts development, with a particular focus on education, learning and social inclusion, in the North East of England at Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and Baltic, the Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead.
CCSE Doctoral Research Students
Niclas is a PhD student in Economics of Cultural Regeneration since 2019. Studying economic aspects of the urban regeneration in Paisley, he will evaluate efforts of creating inclusive growth and attractiveness of a regenerated town centre. With his academic background in political science, Niclas has worked in NGOs with analysis and communication, as well as in educational game design.
Lan’s interests, both professionally and personally are in improving health and wellbeing. She has done this by facilitating social connections and encouraging participation with activity groups, events and services. This led to her joining UWS, to undertake a PhD that explores how health inequalities might be tackled by cultural regeneration, through examining how the arts affect health. Lan started her academic study and career as an economist. In her role as an economic development consultant, she specialised in the sectors of tourism, renewable energy and higher education. She then moved to working with advice services. This gave her experience of research centred around people’s experiences of poverty, the many dimensions of exclusion and deprivation and the pathways in and out of crisis. In her career, she was interested in improving processes and methodologies to demonstrate impact and undertake evaluation. Lan was an advocate for taking a holistic approach to articulating value, that centred around people’s experiences and highlighted mechanisms and context as well as outcomes.