Mega events and the urban economy: what can Olympic cities learn from each other?, Gavin Poynter

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Cities have sought to host sports mega events to catalyse urban development and renewal. In several cities urban transformation was accelerated and social tensions intensified. This paper argues that addressing these tensions creatively requires host cities to focus on public interventions aimed at reducing social inequality. Host cities may learn much from each other about the types of interventions that promote the creation of integrated rather than fragmented communities.


Gavin Poynter is professor in social sciences, University of East London. He has widely published on ‘London 2012’, the economics of the service industries and urban regeneration. He has completed several studies on the East London region, including for the OECD/DCLG, GLA, and local boroughs.