One critical area where the rights agenda and MSEs come together is in the distinct urban developments that arise from their hosting. The concept of large-scale urban development is often a strong rationale for hosting MSEs as the resulting regeneration is expected to lead to an improved competitive position for the host locale. Often the implementation of urban development initiatives associated with MSEs use the urgency of the event as a justification to suspend conventional planning procedures and statutes and bypass participatory decision-making processes. This process favours the primacy of privileged stakeholders seeking exclusive economic gains in the decision making-process, while reducing the opportunities for input of local, poorer residents. The resultant gentrification and stratification of urban spaces, including forced evictions, which has further marginalized vulnerable populations in host locales, is of particular concern. This element of the research action will consider the extent to which MSE planning enables the development of more inclusive public spaces, including the role of cultural programmes in enabling greater dialogue in relation to sensitive issues (e.g. racial discrimination, LGBT persecution and the effects of urban development on the most vulnerable). We will work closely with civil society and NGO affiliates to build research evidence that can help them advocate for the introduction of policies and procedures to ensure that the rights of vulnerable populations are not negatively impacted by the construction of MSE venues, transport infrastructures and Games-time changes to the urban realm 

Current blog posts on Pathway 3: Legacies of exceptional urban development

How inclusive was the Rio Olympics?

One of our Partner Leads, Prof Marcelo Cortes Neri, from the Fundacion Getulio Vargas has edited a newly published book from Routledge entitled Evaluating the Local Impacts of the Rio Olympics. Below is a short blog post from Marcelo highlighting some of the links...

What will post-COVID-19 imply for MSE’s and Human Rights? Possible lessons from large participant events.

Moving back a few months, few could have imagined that the commercial growth of mega sporting events (MSEs) was to cool down. In January 2020, sport fans all across the globe were planning for a summer including the Euro 2020 football championships and the Olympic...

Longitudinal study on the impact of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games upon the lived experience of people with disabilities living in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area

I visited Tokyo from 29th April to 30th May 2019 to commence a longitudinal study on the impact of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games upon the lived experience of people with disabilities living in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area. Using my contacts in Japan I was...