Hosted by UEL, the conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, representatives of national and international bodies and institutions interested in and engaged with urban development issues arising from hosting mega-events such as Olympic Games.
The conference aims to provide a space to share and exchange knowledge around three key themes:
- The Changing Urban Order and Mega-events: City status/ambition – domestic and global; governance at global, national and city levels; and social and economic development – housing, health, employment
- Evaluating Legacy: Monitoring/evaluation – Olympic Games Impact (OGI) and other approaches; planning and governance; sustainability; community engagement; and addressing social equality
- Future Mega-event Cities: Planning and Preparing: from Bid to Legacy; transferable skills, knowledge; and cultural values and actions
The programme will consist of a mix of high profile keynote presentations, themed sessions and panel discussions. Neale Coleman (Deputy Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation, previously advisor on London 2012 for London Mayor Boris Johnson) will deliver the opening keynote presentation on ‘London 2012 Games and their Legacy’. Professor Lamartine DaCosta (Professor of Olympic Studies, Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will deliver the closing remarks.
Among the other key presenters are Prof. Richard Sumray and Prof. Ralph Ward (UEL), Dr. Eleni Theodoraki (Napier University Edinburgh), Dr. Judith Grant Long (Harvard University), Prof. Gayle McPherson (University of the West of Scotland) and Mark Perryman (University of Brighton).
Image from the UEL website