Connecting communities: the legacy of major events

Across the world, city managers have sought to attract major events to help revitalise and regenerate areas of cities, often competing to become host to sporting, arts, conferences and festivals. Whilst these may bring economic value to the city, there is considerable critical analysis that points to the limited longer term social impact on citizens.

Building on unique research and continuing analysis of the legacies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, we are engaged with partners to understand how event volunteering can help socially to reconnect communities.

We welcome collaboration with other cities and partners to widen this exploration – helping to understand how events can build social connectedness. Read more about our research and collaborations on the dedicated website –

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