Research Profile: Duncan Low, MUrb

March 15, 2011

After many years working in the arts and cultural sector in the Canada and the UK, including a decade as the Executive Director of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (Cultch), Duncan Low decided to return to school to complete his Master of Urban Studies at SFU. He also received a 2009/10 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC).

His professional background was a perfect fit to his research project: The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad Impact Study. The reaction to his research has been very positive, and he’s presented his findings to the December meeting of the UK Creative Programmers for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the board of the Alliance for Arts and Culture and to the City of Vancouver’s Office of Cultural Affairs. As part of a panel of four SFU Urban Studies graduates, he’ll be addressing the topic of “Multiple Vancouvers” at the 41st Urban Affairs Conference in New Orleans. He will also be presenting his Cultural Olympiad research findings at The City: 2nd International Conference, May 5-6, 2011, in Vancouver.

The International Journal of Cultural Policy has recently confirmed that they will be publishing his article, co-authored with Prof. Peter V. Hall, “The 2010 Cultural Olympiad: Playing for the Global or Local Stage?” Another of his papers on the Cultural Olympiad is under review at the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events.

What’s up next? He’s applied to do a PhD at SFU’s School of Communication to continue exploring the relationship between mega events, existing arts and culture sectors, arts funding and urban tourism. He would welcome any opportunity to gain research experience working with others on any arts/research projects, and can be contacted at

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