Dr Gavin L Reid



I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Sport Policy, Management and International Development programme.  I teach sports policy and sports marketing on this postgraduate programme and on the University's undergraduate BSc Sport and Recreation Management degree.

After spending a number of years in the 1980s working in the Royal Bank of Scotland, I enrolled on the BA (Hons) Recreation degree at Dumfermline College of Physical Education.  On completion of this degree I undertook a PhD within the Economics Department at Glasgow Caledonian University, examining the introduction of Compulsory Competitive Tendering to local government sport using institutional economic theory.  I then taught on that university's BA degrees in sport management and events management from 1996 to 2005, before taking up employment at the University of Edinburgh.  


  • 1988-1992 BA (Hons) Recreation (Dunfermline College of Physical Education)
  • 1992-1995 PhD (Economics of Sport) Glasgow Caledonian University

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am a founding member of the Edinburgh Sports Research group.

I have acted as a reviewer for a number of academic journals including Leisure Studies, Local Economy, and Managing Leisure: An International Journal.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Sport Marketing, Sponsorship and Events (Year 2)
  • Sports Development (Year 3)
  • Politics of Sports Policy (Year 3 and Postgraduate)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Sport Marketing (Postgraduate)

Areas of interest for supervision

I am keen to supervise research projects in any of the research areas listed, or projects linked to recent publications. I was part of the supervisory team for a recent PhD project which compared discourses of social exclusion between sport and aduly literacy practitioners.    

Current PhD students supervised

  • Andrew Grech- A developmental, comparative analysis of a sports system- The case of Malta

Research summary

  • Politics of sports policy at local and central government level
  • Politics of post devolution Scottish sports policy 
  • Sports development
  • Sport marketing and sponsorship

Current and recent research

My recent research has examined the politics of sport stadium protests and policy change in Scottish Physical Education and school sport.  My current research is examining:

  • the sport development legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • the role of sport social enterprises in delivering sustainable sport development practice
  • the impact of community empowerment legislation on sport
  • the recession and Scottish sports policy
  • the development of sport policy in Edinburgh

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