Extended deadline for abstracts: Olympic Legacies – Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities

David Beckham appears during the closing ceremony for the Beijing 2008 games (Press Assoc).

Olympic Legacies – International Conference
Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities
4-6 September 2013, University of East London

New abstract submission deadline: March 29, 2013

In the recent period the urban transformation achieved by hosting the Olympics has become synonymous with the language of ‘legacy’. Now forming part of the Olympic Charter and an essential element of any city’s bid for hosting the Olympic Games, ‘legacy’ refers to the (positive) economic, cultural, environmental and social impacts that arise and continue to unfold long after the games are over. In London, one key legacy promise was the regeneration of the city’s East End.

This international conference is aimed at researchers, policy makers and postgraduate students engaged with urban development issues arising from hosting mega events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The aim of the conference is to provide a space to share and exchange knowledge that is focused upon the following key themes:

  • The Changing Urban Order and Mega-events
  • Evaluating Legacy, e.g. monitoring/evaluation – Olympic Games Impact (OGI)
  • Future Mega-event Cities

Call for Papers

The conference organisers are inviting papers from researchers, academics, practitioners and postgraduate students from around the world. Papers should preferably address one of the three conference themes:

The Changing Urban Order and Mega-events; possible topics might include:

  • city status/ambition – domestic and global
  • governance at global, national and city levels
  • social and economic development – housing, health, employment

Evaluating Legacy; possible topics might include:

  • monitoring/evaluation – Olympic Games Impact (OGI) and other approaches
  • planning and governance
  • sustainability
  • community engagement
  • addressing social equality

Future Mega-event Cities; possible topics might include:

  • planning and Preparing: from Bid to Legacy
  • transferable skills, knowledge
  • cultural values and actions

Please send your abstract of not more than 300 words to submission.legacyconference@uel.ac.uk before 1st March 2013.

Please see www.uel.ac.uk/legacyconference  for further details.

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