Dr Blair Biggar

  • Research Associate (Sociology)
  • Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)

Biography

Dr Blair Biggar was awarded his PhD in Central and Eastern European Studies from UoG in 2022. The ethnography he conducted for his thesis explored the "lived citizenship" of EU Roma migrants in Scotland. Related to his experience working on themes around migration, Blair was a hired as a Research Associate with Migration Policy Scotland in 2022.

Blair has been a Research Associate in Sociology at UoG since completing his thesis. Currently, he works across two main projects: 

Football Fans and Betting

Since the start of 2023, Blair been managing the Football Fans and Betting (FFAB) project. This is an NIHR-funded feasibility study of a group-based intervention delivered through professional football clubs to reduce gambling involvement among men who gamble regularly.

LPHC on Gambling

Since 2021, Blair has led the live experience workstream for the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling. He has been conducting interviews with people across the world about their experiences of legacy harms related to gambling.

Since becoming a Research Associate, Blair has also conducted and produced outputs from 2 studies. Firstly, he lead-authored an exploratory project on the commercial relationship between esports teams (forthcoming in the Journal of Public Health). Secondly, he lead-authored a quantitative project looking at women sports bettors in the UK (forthcoming in an edited collection).

Blair is an Associate of UoG’s School of Health and Wellbeing and is currently the convenor of Glasgow’s Social Scientists in Health Group. He is also a member of UoG’s Migration and Mobilities research group and the Academic Forum for the Study of Gambling (AFSG).

Research interests

Gambling Studies

Citizenship, inequalities, and everyday life

Migration Studies

Qualitative research

Publications

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2023

Biggar, B. , Zendle, D. and Wardle, H. (2023) Targeting the next generation of gamblers? Gambling sponsorship of esports teams. Journal of Public Health, (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdac167) (PMID:37000185) (Early Online Publication)

2019

Biggar, B. (2019) Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc, eds. 2018. Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge. New York: Berghahn Books. Critical Romani Studies, 2(1), pp. 86-91. (doi: 10.29098/crs.v2i1.48)[Book Review]

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Articles

Biggar, B. , Zendle, D. and Wardle, H. (2023) Targeting the next generation of gamblers? Gambling sponsorship of esports teams. Journal of Public Health, (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdac167) (PMID:37000185) (Early Online Publication)

Book Reviews

Biggar, B. (2019) Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc, eds. 2018. Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge. New York: Berghahn Books. Critical Romani Studies, 2(1), pp. 86-91. (doi: 10.29098/crs.v2i1.48)[Book Review]

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Grants

2022 - Chancellor’s Fund at the University of Glasgow

2021 - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

2019 - ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV)

2019 - Central Eastern European University (CEU)

2018 - Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies (NAIRS)

2017 - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

2017 - Erasmus+

2016 - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

2016-2020 – ESRC studentship

Teaching

Lecture and course design

In 2023, Blair lectured and designed parts of an Honours course on the Sociology of Addiction in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Glasgow.

Guest Lectures 

In 2019, Blair gave a guest lecture at Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany on "Materiality of everyday life and the reproduction of social relations" as part of the course “Material culture of everyday life”.

In 2018 and 2019, Blair gave guest lectures at the University of Glasgow as part of the pre-sessional Master's course within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Glasgow.

Teaching

Between 2018-2022, Blair taught on CEES Level 1a: Central and Eastern Europe in the age of Stalin and CEES Level 1b: The Collapse of Communism in the department of Central and Eastern European Studies within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Glasgow.