Research Report

London 2012, knowledge transfer and the challenge of Olympic legacy


A concern for enduring positive outcomes has lain at the heart of staging the Olympics since the birth of the modern Games in 1896. Professor John Gold’s research has shown how Games-makers in cities that have hosted the Games – the so-called ‘Olympic cities’ – have repeatedly framed and reframed their pursuit of those outcomes in light of the perceived values and needs of their particular times. Drawing on that research, he has contributed to public and policy debate about the lasting impact of London 2012, first, by identifying the challenges posed by demands for achieving a discernible legacy from staging the Games and, secondly, by helping to build a critical understanding of the formal and informal procedures by which knowledge is transferred from host cities to their successors.

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Gold, J (Oxford Brookes University)

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of Social Sciences


Year: 2013

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