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This event presents the findings of recent research by Staff in ABE into the impacts and legacies of the Olympic Games. Andrew Smith’s work explores the implications of using mega-events in urban regeneration.

His presentation will isolate some of the unique features of event-related regeneration: some positive characteristics, but also features that can deflect regeneration away from key priorities.

The second and third speakers present IOC funded research that was conducted in 2009.

Nancy Stevenson's research focuses on the enactment of the Cultural Olympiad in the London Borough of Hackney by considering several culural projects and events in terms of their origins, their community connnections and potential legacy implications.

Lynn Minnaert's study examines the effect of the Olympic Games on socially excluded groups in the host community. Seven past host cities are compared, to evaluate if social legacy aims were part of their event design, and if so, if these resulted in non-infrastructural improvements for low-income groups.

Weds 17 March at 6.00 in room M421

  • 6.00 Introduction by Dean of School Professor Jeremy Till
  • 6.10 The Olympic Games: an agent of, or diversion from, effective urban regeneration? Dr Andrew Smith
  • 6.30 London 2012: Developing a cultural legacy for local communities in Hackney Dr Nancy Stevenson
  • 6.50 Social sustainability and the Olympic Games: Rhetoric or Reality? Atlanta 1996 - Beijing 2008 Dr Lynn Minnaert
  • 7.10 Questions
  • 7.30 Refreshments (funded by the IOC)

Please go to using password OLYMPICS to hold your place for this event. This event is open to the public.