Dr Blair Biggar
- Research Associate, Research Associate (Sociology)
- Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)
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 worked on 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 (early online publication avilable in the Journal of Public Health). Secondly, he lead-authored a quantitative project looking at women sports bettors in the UK (in press).
Blair has been invited to discuss his work with the Guardian, BBC Radio Four, and BBC Scotland the Nine.
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).
In early 2024, Blair will begin an SPS Investigator Fellowship at UoG.
Citizenship, inequalities, and everyday life
2024 - SPS Investigator Fellowship
2023 - Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund
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
Lecture and course design
Since 2023, Blair has lectured and designed parts of the Honours course Sociology of Addiction in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Glasgow.
Since 2024, Blair has lectured and designed parts of the Honours course Substantive Topics in the Sociology of Consumption in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Glasgow.
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.
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.