The Glasgow Effect was a multi-layered ‘research project‘, which took place in 2016. Its central provocation was that Harrison would refuse to travel beyond Glasgow’s city limits, or use any vehicles except her bike, for a whole calendar year (1 January – 31 December 2016). On 8 January 2017, she gave a talk about the work at the Glasgow Film Theatre. On 4 November 2019, she published a book providing the complete context for her thinking and action.

Part psychological experiment, part protest, part strike, The Glasgow Effect was initiated by Harrison in summer 2015, in order to explore the relationships (both constructive and destructive) between the individual and the:
institutional structures (the family, higher education, ‘the artworld’, the media),
communities (offline and online), and,
economies (local and global), within which they are forced to operate.

To trace the development of The Glasgow Effect project, see the media coverage archived on this page, as well as the chronological list of ‘outputs’ below:

5 January 2016: The Glasgow Effect debate
Scotland 2016, BBC Two

5 January 2016: The Glasgow Effect phone-in
The Kaye Adams Programme, BBC Radio Scotland

6 January 2016: The Glasgow Effect discussion
The Janice Forsyth Show, BBC Radio Scotland

6 January 2017: The Glasgow Effect interview with Ellie Harrison
The Stephen Jardine Programme, BBC Radio Scotland

The Glasgow Effect was funded by Creative Scotland through the Open Project Funding Programme.

Creative Scotland
Photo: Ellie Harrison