As we are updating our contributors page to include the wide range of Olympic related activity that has been, and continues to take place at UEL, I would like to update the blogsphere with the profile of Prof. Allan Brimicombe, who is the Head of Geo-Information Studies here at the University of East London.
Professor Allan Brimicombe is a Chartered Geographer and Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies (CGIS) at UEL. He and his CGIS colleague Dr Yang Li have to date project managed or been an investigator on five projects arising out of the London 2012 Games. Because of the complexity of evaluating impacts and legacies of mega-events such as the Olympics, all five projects involve multi-disciplinary teams from across UEL.
Olympic Games Impact (OGI) studies are mandated by the IOC in order to monitor the effects and legacies of each Games. London 2012 is the first summer Games to be subjected to OGI. UEL was commissioned in 2009 by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to carry out the Pre-Games OGI covering the period 2003-2010. This was completed in October 2010 and is available at: http://www.uel.ac.uk/geo-information/London_OGI/index.htm.
Whilst managing this project, Professor Brimicombe was also conducting research with UEL’s Centre for Institutional Studies on the ‘Stratford City’ study. This was commissioned by NHS Newham to advise on the principles and practices for creating and maintaining a healthy ‘Stratford City’ which will be the legacy of the Athlete’s Village for London 2012. In October 2011, Professor Brimicombe and Dr Li were part of Westfield Opening Observation Exercise commissioned by the Olympic Development Authority. The objective was to study the readiness of the transport system, particularly Stratford Regional Station for the London 2012 Games. The occasion used was the opening of a large shopping centre adjacent to the Olympic Park which attracted large crowds and was an opportunity to study what might be a realistic scenario for spectators of the Games.
More recently Professor Brimicombe and the OGI team have been conducting a Value Study of the £9.3bn public sector financing of the London 2012 Games for LOCOG. This will be reported on in April/May 2012. Finally, the same team led by Professor Brimicombe have just been awarded the Games-Time OGI study which will be completed by December 2012.