Call for Papers now open: International Conference on Olympic Legacies

The Call for Papers is now open for an international and interdisciplinary conference on Olympic legacies and impacts of mega-events on cities, held at the University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4th – 6th September 2013.

Researchers, policy makers, postgraduate students and anyone interested in and engaged with urban development issues arising from hosting mega- events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Football World Cup, International Fairs, etc. are invited to contribute to the conference,


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’ usually 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.

The aim of the conference is to provide a space to share and exchange knowledge that is focused on, for instance, but not exclusively, the following key themes:

  • The Changing Urban Order and Mega-Events
  • Evaluating Legacy
  • Future Mega-Event Cities

Highlights of the conference programme

  • Opening keynote by Dr. Juan Clos (Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and former Mayor of Barcelona)
  • Closing keynote by Prof. Lamartine DaCosta (Professor of Olympic Studies, Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Guided field trip to the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Call for Papers

The conference organisers are inviting papers from researchers, academics, practitioners and postgraduate students from around the world. Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words to before 1st March 2013. Or, if you would like to organise a session on a particular topic, please contact Dr. Valerie Viehoff (

Please see for further details.

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