GCU kicks off Commonwealth Games with sporting events symposium

17 July 2014

To coincide with the launch of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next week, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host a research symposium featuring an international panel of experts in major sporting events.

Dr John Harris, lecturer in International Sport and Event Management at Glasgow School for Business and Society, will assess ‘How big is the Ryder Cup? Observations on Mega-events, Identities and Transatlantic Golf’.

GCU researchers investigate areas spanning sport event tourism, social identities, cultural policy, community enhancement, and internationalisation and globalisation. The tourism sector is worth £4.3bn to the Scottish economy in direct expenditure from overnight visitors and provides employment to over 185,000 people.

GCU is also home to the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Development, a tourism consultancy and research centre, which has undertaken over 500 tourism and travel projects in over 35 nations including Norway, Denmark, Malawi, Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, the Caribbean, South Africa, and the South Pacific. Moffat Centre Director, Professor John Lennon is a Specialist Policy Advisor to the National Tourism Organisation; VisitScotland and a Non-Executive Director of Historic Scotland.

Guest speakers at the symposium will include Dr David Chaplin of Northwest Nazarene University in the US, who will present the History of Competitive Balance in Commonwealth Games Boxing: 1930 – 2010; Dr Eric MacIntosh of the University of Ottawa, presenting The Youth Event Movement: Athlete Feedback, Risk and Reward; and Dr Jung-Woo Lee of the University of Edinburgh, discussing the Political and Social Significance of the Asian Games in South Korea.

Professor John Horne, University of Central Lancashire, will present a plenary on The Contemporary Politics of Mega-Events.

To find out more about GCU and the Commonwealth Games visit GCU’s dedicated Glasgow 2014 pages.