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Materialising networks: moving knowledge, governing mega-events

English title Materialising networks: moving knowledge, governing mega-events
Applicant Müller Martin
Number 144699
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Geographisches Institut Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.08.2013 - 31.07.2017
Approved amount 1'206'252.00
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Discipline
Social geography and ecology
Science of management

Keywords (8)

mega-events; Russia; networks; knowledge; Brazil; economic geography; Olympic Games; actor-network theory

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Sportgrossveranstaltungen wie die Olympischen Spiele oder die FIFA Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft haben in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten sowohl an Grösse als auch an weltweiter medialer Präsenz stark zugelegt.
Lay summary

Dieses Projekt untersucht , wie Wissen zwischen Grossveranstaltungen zirkuliert und welche Rolle es bei der Organisation und Koordination derselben spielt. Eine zentrale Herausforderung für die Organisatoren dieser Veranstaltungen besteht darin, dass sie innerhalb weniger Jahre ein hochkomplexes Projekt durchführen müssen. Aufgrund der mobilen Natur dieser Grossveranstaltungen besteht am Austragungsort selbst jedoch meist wenig Expertise für diese Aufgabe. Deshalb muss Wissen von anderen Orten mobilisiert werden. Als theoretische Perspektive entwickelt das Projekt das Konzept der sozio-materiellen Wissensnetzwerke und greift dabei auf einen als Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie (ANT) bekannten Ansatz zurück.

Als Fallstudien betrachtet das Projekt komparativ je zwei Grossveranstaltungen in Russland und in Brasilien: die Olympischen Winterspiele in Sotschi 2014 und die Sommerspiele in Rio de Janeiro 2016 sowie die Fussball-Weltmeisterschaften in Brasilien 2014 und in Russland 2018. Diese Fallauswahl ermöglicht eine bessere Nachverfolgung der Zirkulation von Wissen wie auch eine bessere Isolation nationaler vs. event-spezifischer Einflüsse.

Aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht möchte das Projekt einen Beitrag zur Diskussion um Wissensnetzwerke, die Mobilität von Wissen und die Rolle von Materialität in sozialen Beziehungen leisten. Aus praktischer Sicht möchte es die Bedeutung von Wissenszirkulation im Kontext von Grossprojekten besser verstehen und damit einen Beitrag leisten, um mit den erheblichen Zeit-, Kosten- und Reputationsrisiken dieser Projekte effektiver umgehen zu können.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 27.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Crisis Neopatrimonialism: Russia’s New Political Economy and the 2018 World Cup
Wolfe Sven Daniel, Müller Martin (2018), Crisis Neopatrimonialism: Russia’s New Political Economy and the 2018 World Cup, in Problems of Post-Communism, 65(2), 101-114.
Scrutinizing Global Mega-Events
Gaffney Christopher, Wolfe Sven Daniel, Müller Martin (2018), Scrutinizing Global Mega-Events, in Harrison John, Hoyler Michael (ed.), SAGE, London ; Thousand Oaks, 125-137.
Political geography and geopolitics
Mamadouh Virginie, Müller Martin (2017), Political geography and geopolitics, in Trencsényi Balazs, Mishkova Diana (ed.), Berghahn, New York, 258-279.
Mobilities and mega-events: four challenges, one warning
Müller Martin (2017), Mobilities and mega-events: four challenges, one warning, in Van den Broucke Sarah, Timmerman Christiane, Gama Gato Luana, Salazar Noel B., Wets Johan (ed.), Routledge, London, 179-186.
What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes
Müller Martin (2017), What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes, in Frawley Stephen (ed.), Routledge, New York, 8-23.
Approaching paradox: Loving and hating mega-events
Müller Martin (2017), Approaching paradox: Loving and hating mega-events, in Tourism Management, 63, 234-241.
Negotiating “New” Narratives: Rio de Janeiro and the “Media Geography” of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Bailey Kyle, Oliver Robert, Gaffney Christopher, Kolivras Korine (2017), Negotiating “New” Narratives: Rio de Janeiro and the “Media Geography” of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 41(1), 70-93.
What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes
Müller Martin (2017), What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes, in Frawley Stephen (ed.), Routledge, London, 8-23.
Assemblage thinking and actor-network theory: conjunctions, disjunctions, cross-fertilisations
Müller Martin, Schurr Carolin (2016), Assemblage thinking and actor-network theory: conjunctions, disjunctions, cross-fertilisations, in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(3), 217-229.
Does temporary geographical proximity predict learning? Knowledge dynamics in the Olympic Games
Müller Martin, Stewart Allison (2016), Does temporary geographical proximity predict learning? Knowledge dynamics in the Olympic Games, in Regional Studies, 50(3), 377-390.
Smarter than Smart: Rio de Janeiro´s Failed Emergence as a Smart City
Gaffney Christopher, Robertson Cerianne (2016), Smarter than Smart: Rio de Janeiro´s Failed Emergence as a Smart City, in Journal of Urban Technology, 1-18.
The Brazilian experience as ‘role model’
Gaffney Christopher (2016), The Brazilian experience as ‘role model’, in Corruption in Sport Initiative, 267-276.
The multiple roles of mega-events: mega-promises, mini-outcomes?
Müller Martin (2016), The multiple roles of mega-events: mega-promises, mini-outcomes?, in International Transparency (ed.), Routledge, London, 133-138.
Transforming Rio – For the Benefit of Whom?
Gaffney Christopher (2016), Transforming Rio – For the Benefit of Whom?, in ICSSPE Bulletin, 70, 35-42.
(Im-)Mobile policies: why sustainability went wrong in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi
Müller Martin (2015), (Im-)Mobile policies: why sustainability went wrong in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, in European Urban and Regional Studies, 22(2), 191-209.
2018 FIFA World Cup: isolating Russia could harm global health
Wolfe Sven Daniel (2015), 2018 FIFA World Cup: isolating Russia could harm global health, in The Lancet, 385(9970), 749-750.
A construção de equipamentos esportivos voltados para a elite na cidade do Rio de Janeiro
Gaffney Christopher (2015), A construção de equipamentos esportivos voltados para a elite na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, in Alves dos Santos Junior Orando (ed.), Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 117-144.
A half-hearted romance? A diagnosis and agenda for the relationship between economic geography and actor-network theory (ANT)
Müller Martin (2015), A half-hearted romance? A diagnosis and agenda for the relationship between economic geography and actor-network theory (ANT), in Progress in Human Geography, 39(1), 65-86.
A silver medal project: the partial success of Russia's soft power in Sochi 2014
Wolfe Sven Daniel (2015), A silver medal project: the partial success of Russia's soft power in Sochi 2014, in Annals of Leisure Research, 1-16.
Arenas de Conflito: os processos conflituosos durante a preparação para a Copa do Mundo no Brasil
Gaffney Christopher (2015), Arenas de Conflito: os processos conflituosos durante a preparação para a Copa do Mundo no Brasil, in Alves dos Santos Junior Orlando (ed.), Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 185-202.
Assemblages and Actor-networks: Rethinking Socio-material Power, Politics and Space
Müller Martin (2015), Assemblages and Actor-networks: Rethinking Socio-material Power, Politics and Space, in Geography Compass, 9(1), 27-41.
Brasil: Os Impatos da Copa do Mundo 2014 e Das Olimpíadas 2016
Alves dos Santos Orlando (ed.) (2015), Brasil: Os Impatos da Copa do Mundo 2014 e Das Olimpíadas 2016, Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro.
BRIC foundations: new kids on the block and the implications for transcultural communication
Müller Martin, Pernet Corinne (2015), BRIC foundations: new kids on the block and the implications for transcultural communication, in Sánchez Yvette (ed.), Gower, Farnham, 131-150.
BRIC on BRIC: How Brazil, Russia, India, and China view BRIC
Müller Martin (2015), BRIC on BRIC: How Brazil, Russia, India, and China view BRIC, in Sánchez Yvette (ed.), Gower, Farnham, 301-308.
Cities in Relations: Trajectories of Urban Development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou [Book Review]
Wolfe Sven Daniel (2015), Cities in Relations: Trajectories of Urban Development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou [Book Review], in Geographica Helvetica, (70), 165-166.
Das Mega-Event-Syndrom: Weshalb Großveranstaltungen so problematisch sind – und was sich ändern sollte
Müller Martin (2015), Das Mega-Event-Syndrom: Weshalb Großveranstaltungen so problematisch sind – und was sich ändern sollte, in Standort, 39(2-3), 120-126.
Global games, local rules: mega-events in the post-socialist world
Müller Martin, Pickles John (2015), Global games, local rules: mega-events in the post-socialist world, in European Urban and Regional Studies, 22(2), 121-127.
How mega-events capture their hosts: event seizure and the World Cup 2018 in Russia
Müller Martin (2015), How mega-events capture their hosts: event seizure and the World Cup 2018 in Russia, in Urban Geography, 1-20.
Mais alto, maior, mais caro: Sochi e as Olimpiadas de Inverno de 2014
Müller Martin (2015), Mais alto, maior, mais caro: Sochi e as Olimpiadas de Inverno de 2014, in O. Alves dos Santos Junior C. Gaffney and L. Cesar de Queiroz Ribeiro (ed.), Observatório das Metrópoles, Rio de Janeiro, 539-545.
Mega-shock, mini-outcome: Russian authoritarianism and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Müller Martin (2015), Mega-shock, mini-outcome: Russian authoritarianism and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in Grabher Gernot (ed.), jovis, Berlin, 118-137.
More-than-representational political geographies
Müller Martin (2015), More-than-representational political geographies, in Agnew John (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 409-423.
O Projeto Olímpico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro: reflexões sobre os impactos dos megaeventos esportivos na perspectiva do direito à cidade
Alves dos Santos Junior Orlando, Gaffney Christopher, Castro Demian, NovaesPatricia, Santos Carolina, Rodrigues Juciano (2015), O Projeto Olímpico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro: reflexões sobre os impactos dos megaeventos esportivos na perspectiva do direito à cidade, in Alves dos Santos Junior Orlando (ed.), Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 11-40.
Organizations, Geography of
Müller Martin (2015), Organizations, Geography of, in Smelser Neil J. (ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 301-306.
Rio de Janeiro: os impactos da Copa do Mundo e das Olimpíadas no Rio de Janeiro
Castro Demian (ed.) (2015), Rio de Janeiro: os impactos da Copa do Mundo e das Olimpíadas no Rio de Janeiro, Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro.
Russia
Denisova-Schmidt Elena, Müller Martin, Schmid Ulrich (2015), Russia, in Sánchez Yvette (ed.), Gower, Farnham, 207-228.
Segurança Pública e grandes eventos no Rio de Janeiro
Gaffney Christopher (2015), Segurança Pública e grandes eventos no Rio de Janeiro, in Alvez dos Santos Junior Orlando (ed.), Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 145-170.
Segurança Pública e os megaeventos no Brasil
Gaffney Christopher (2015), Segurança Pública e os megaeventos no Brasil, in Alves dos Santos Junior Orlando (ed.), Letra Capital Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 165-184.
The mega-event syndrome: why so much goes wrong in mega-event planning and what to do about it
Müller Martin (2015), The mega-event syndrome: why so much goes wrong in mega-event planning and what to do about it, in Journal of the American Planning Association, 81(1), 6-17.
What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes
Müller Martin (2015), What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes, in Leisure Studies, 34(6), 627-642.
After Sochi 2014: costs and impacts of Russia's Olympic Games
Müller Martin (2014), After Sochi 2014: costs and impacts of Russia's Olympic Games, in Eurasian Geography and Economics, 55(6), 628-655.
Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft in Russland 2018: bereits jetzt die teuerste aller Zeiten?
Müller Martin, Wolfe Sven Daniel (2014), Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft in Russland 2018: bereits jetzt die teuerste aller Zeiten?, in Russland-Analysen, 279, 10-14.
Higher, larger, costlier: Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympics
Müller Martin (2014), Higher, larger, costlier: Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Russian Analytical Digest, 143, 2-4.
Introduction: Winter Olympics Sochi 2014: what is at stake?
Müller Martin (2014), Introduction: Winter Olympics Sochi 2014: what is at stake?, in East European Politics, 30(2), 153-157.
Sochi 2014: Great games for a great power?
Müller Martin et al. (2014), Sochi 2014: Great games for a great power?, in East European Politics, 30(2), 153-209.
The topological multiplicities of power: the limits of governing the Olympics
Müller Martin (2014), The topological multiplicities of power: the limits of governing the Olympics, in Economic Geography, 90(3), 321-339.
Umgekrempelt: Sotschi und die Olympischen Winterspiele 2014
Müller Martin (2014), Umgekrempelt: Sotschi und die Olympischen Winterspiele 2014, in PlanerIn, 2(14), 8-10.
World Cup Russia 2018: already the most expensive ever?
Müller Martin, Wolfe Sven Daniel (2014), World Cup Russia 2018: already the most expensive ever?, in Russian Analytical Digest, 150, 2-6.
Sochi and the 2014 Olympics: game over?
(2013), Sochi and the 2014 Olympics: game over?, in Euxeinos, 12, 1-47.
Sotschi und die Olympischen Winterspiele 2014
Müller Martin (2013), Sotschi und die Olympischen Winterspiele 2014, in Religion & Gesellschaft , 41(7-8), 21-23.
The geopolitics of organizing mega-events
Müller Martin, Steyaert Chris (2013), The geopolitics of organizing mega-events, in Munoz J. Mark (ed.), Elgar, Cheltenham, 139-150.
An Anatomy of Resistance: The Comitês Populares and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Gaffney Christopher, An Anatomy of Resistance: The Comitês Populares and the 2014 FIFA World Cup., in Wagg Stephen (ed.), Palgrave MacMillan, London.
An Anatomy of Resistance: the comitês populares of Brazil
Gaffney Christopher, An Anatomy of Resistance: the comitês populares of Brazil, in Wagg Stephen (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Gentrifications in pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro
Gaffney Christopher, Gentrifications in pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro, in Urban Studies, 36.
Mega Events in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion
Wolfe Sven Daniel, Mega Events in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion, in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41(5).
Mega-events and Globalisation
Müller Martin, Gaffney Christopher, Mega-events and Globalisation, in Terhorst Pieter, Mamadouh Virginie, Kloosterman Robert (ed.), Edward Elgar, Malden, MA.
Olympic transport legacies: the case of Rio de Janeiro’s BRT System.
Kassens-Noor Eva, Gaffney Christopher, Messina Joseph, Phillips Eric, Olympic transport legacies: the case of Rio de Janeiro’s BRT System., in Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Sochi 2014 - a BRIC on the Road to Perdition
Gaffney Christopher, Wolfe Sven Daniel, Sochi 2014 - a BRIC on the Road to Perdition, in Revista ADVIR, 35(1), 1-18.
The mega-event city as neo-liberal laboratory
Gaffney Christopher, The mega-event city as neo-liberal laboratory, in Percurso Acadêmico, 5.
The Urban Impacts of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Gaffney Christopher, The Urban Impacts of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in Horne John (ed.), Routledge, London.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Observatorio das Metropoles / IPPUR / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
HafenCity-Universität Hamburg, Gernot Grabher and Joachim Thiel Germany (Europe)
- Publication
Ural Federal University, Elena Trubina Russia (Europe)
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference Post-Olympic Sochi: Legacies of Protest in an Aspiring Consumption Paradise 10.04.2018 New Orleans, United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Invited Lecture Individual talk A World-Class Party... but for Whom? Material Developments, Social Inequalities, and the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia 15.12.2017 Oslo, Norway Wolfe Sven Daniel;
The 7th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference: A view on cities from elsewhere Talk given at a conference Policy Multiplicities and the 2018 Men's Football World Cup in Russia 26.09.2017 Kyiv and Dnipro, Ukraine Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Working Paper Series at Ural Federal University Individual talk Thinking the Global East 14.08.2017 Ekaterinburg, Russia Müller Martin;
Assemblage Workshop Talk given at a conference Assemblage thinking and actor-network theory: conjunctions, disjunctions, cross-fertilisations 04.06.2017 Mytilene, Greece Müller Martin;
International Sport Sociology Association Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Keynote address: Democracy and Sport: for whom does the pendulum swing? 31.05.2017 Tayouan City, Taiwan Gaffney Christopher;
NYU Shanghai Talk by Dr. Christopher Gaffney Individual talk A Capital Deficit: the symbolic economy of the Chinese Olympics (2008 + 2022) 16.05.2017 NYU Shanghai, China Gaffney Christopher;
Mega-events Workshop Talk given at a conference Hazardous planning: improvising the Olympics 12.04.2017 Northampton, United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel; Müller Martin; Gaffney Christopher;
Sport Mega Events and Urban Development Talk given at a conference Policy Mobilities and Mutations in the 2018 World Cup in Russia: Stadium and Urban Development in Ekaterinburg 12.04.2017 Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts , United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference Mega-events and the extraordinary rendition of circulation 06.04.2017 Boston, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference Policy Multiplicities and the 2018 World Cup in Russia 05.04.2017 Boston, United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference Thinking the Global East 03.04.2017 Boston, United States of America Müller Martin;
Living Infrastructures workshop: beyond global north and global south Talk given at a conference Mega-Event Planning and Pitfalls: Lessons for Russia from Abroad 13.02.2017 Volgograd, Russia Wolfe Sven Daniel;
The Planning Lecture Individual talk Hazardous planning: improvising the Olympics 01.02.2017 Groningen, Netherlands Müller Martin;
Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Talk given at a conference Roundtable discussion: conversation with editors of Journal of Latin American Geography 05.01.2017 New Orleans, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Post-Soviet Cities Talk given at a conference The city multiple and the Global East 25.11.2016 Leipzig, Germany Müller Martin;
Redefining Cities in Post-Soviet Space Talk given at a conference Neoliberal Neopatrimonialism: The 2018 World Cup in Russia 24.11.2016 Leipzig, Germany Müller Martin; Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Annual Convention of Association for Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies Talk given at a conference Crisis Neopatrimonialism: The 2018 Football World Cup and Russia's New Political Economy 17.11.2016 Washington, D.C., United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Sports et société au Brésil Talk given at a conference Blanc Elephantiasis: Urban Impacts of sports mega-events in Brazil 05.10.2016 Université Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle. Institut des Hautes Études de l'Amérique Latine, France Gaffney Christopher;
International Spatial Development Forum Talk given at a conference Why things go wrong in mega-event planning and what to do about it [in Russian] 24.09.2016 St Petersburg, Russia Wolfe Sven Daniel; Müller Martin;
Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) RegPol² Talk given at a conference Searching for the Global East 22.09.2016 Velka Lomnica, Slovakia Müller Martin;
16th Congress for Sport, Economy and Media Talk given at a conference The Paradoxes of Mega-Events 12.09.2016 Hamburg, Germany Müller Martin;
Workshop on Field-Configuring Events Individual talk Liquid management: improvising the Olympics 06.09.2016 Linz, Austria Müller Martin;
CONFERENCE MEGA ↔ SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability of Mega Sporting Events Talk given at a conference End Games: why megaevents need to stop 03.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
World Urban Planning Schools Conference Talk given at a conference Flows, Circulations, Accumulations: the perverse logics of the event 04.07.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
Festivilization of the urban in Rio de Janeiro Individual talk Urban Impacts of Sports mega-events in Rio de Janeiro 14.06.2016 University of Innsbruck, Austria Gaffney Christopher;
Economic Development, Innovation and Sustainability in the context of the Summer Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Talk given at a conference Collapsing the Podium: the structural injustice of sports mega-events 13.06.2016 Osterreichisches LateinAmerika-Institut, Austria Gaffney Christopher;
World Planning Schools International Conference Talk given at a conference Flows, Circulations, and Accumulations: the perverse logics of the mega-event cycle 07.06.2016 Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
Sports et société au Brésil, du XIXe siècle aux Jeux Olympiques de 2016 Talk given at a conference Blanc elephantiasis: Urban Impacts of Sports Mega-events in Brazil 06.06.2016 Association pour la Recherche sur le Brésil en Europe, Paris, France Gaffney Christopher;
Economy and sustainability: Challenges and impacts of sporting mega-events using the example of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 Talk given at a conference The challenges and contradictions of Rio 2016 02.06.2016 Österreichisches Lateinamerika-Institut, Universität Wein, Austria Gaffney Christopher;
Invited Lecture Individual talk Mega-event cities: the global urban impacts of large events 03.05.2016 Barcelona, Spain Müller Martin;
Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers Talk given at a conference Geoporn and mediated spectacle 21.04.2016 San Francisco, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Neue Kulturgeographie Talk given at a conference Assemblage thinking and actor-network theory (ANT): conjunctions, disjunctions, cross-fertilisations 30.01.2016 Graz, Austria Müller Martin;
Lecture Series on the Olympic Games Individual talk Facilitating Games by eliminating democracy? Russia and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi 19.11.2015 Hamburg, Germany Müller Martin;
Graduate Association Brown Bag Series Individual talk Emerging as a Geographer 16.11.2015 University of Texas at Austin, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Planning and managing events: experiences and pitfalls Talk given at a conference Why so much goes wrong in planning mega-events – and what to do about it 13.10.2015 Jekaterinburg, Russia Müller Martin;
Nizhniy Novgorod in 2018: What will the World Cup change? Talk given at a conference Planning mega-events: pitfalls and challenges 28.07.2015 Nishnij Novgorod, Russia Müller Martin;
Hamburg Sport Symposium Talk given at a conference Between Hyperbole and Reality: the existential crises of the Olympics 19.06.2015 Hamburg, Germany Gaffney Christopher;
Hamburgs Traum von Olympia - a conversation with Christopher Gaffney Individual talk Sie konnen es nicht anderes machen 18.06.2015 Hamburg, Germany Gaffney Christopher;
Sport and Society in Transnational Contexts Talk given at a conference Materialising Networks: Moving Knowledge, Governing Mega-events 05.06.2015 Zürich, Switzerland Wolfe Sven Daniel; Gaffney Christopher;
Guest Lecture | Vrije Universiteit Brussels | Brussels | Belgium Individual talk After Sochi 2014: costs and impacts of Russia’s Olympic Games 27.05.2015 Brussels, Belgium Müller Martin;
Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Talk given at a conference Megaeventos e disputas territoriais no Rio de Janeiro / Mega-events and territorial disputes in Rio de Janeiro 27.05.2015 Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
Workshop on Creativity in the Arts and Sciences | IRS | Erkner | Germany Talk given at a conference Genius loci: how place makes a difference to the knowledge we create 21.05.2015 Erkner, Germany Müller Martin;
British Studies Association Conference on Sport and Social Protest Talk given at a conference Anatomy of Resistance: the comitê popular da Copa e das Olimpiadas of Rio de Janeiro 15.05.2015 London, UK, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gaffney Christopher;
J. Keith Behner and Catherine Stiefel Program on Brasil Public Lecture Series, San Diego State University Individual talk The Giant Stumbles: reflections on Brazil 28.04.2015 San Diego, CA, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Departmental Seminar, Department of Geography, LSE Talk given at a conference An Anatomy of Resistance: the comitês populares of Brazil 23.04.2015 London School of Economics, London, UK, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gaffney Christopher;
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference Mobilities in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia 21.04.2015 Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Workshop on Mega-Events, School of Planning | Michigan State University | East Lansing | USA Individual talk World Cup Russia 2018: illusive quest for modernisation 16.04.2015 East Lansing, United States of America Müller Martin;
Workshop on Mega-Events, School of Planning, Michigan State University Talk given at a conference The End Game of Mega Events in Rio de Janeiro 15.04.2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
American Society of International Law Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Corruption and the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics 09.04.2015 Washington, D.C., United States of America Gaffney Christopher;
Departmental Seminar, Department of Geography | University of Loughborough | Loughborough | UK Individual talk World Cup Russia 2018: illusive quest for modernisation 11.03.2015 Loughborough, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Müller Martin;
Departmental Seminar, Department of Geography | LSE | London | UK Individual talk World Cup Russia 2018: illusive quest for modernisation 10.03.2015 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Müller Martin;
Sochi 2014 one year on Talk given at a conference Russia’s giga-project: an assessment of Sochi 2014 19.02.2015 Malmö, Sweden Müller Martin;
2nd International Mega-Events Conference Talk given at a conference The seven deadly sins of mega-event planning – and what to do about them 29.04.2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Müller Martin;
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Talk given at a conference (Im-)Mobile Policies: why sustainability went wrong at the 2014 Olympics in Russia 09.04.2014 Tampa, United States of America Müller Martin;
Sochi 2014: (Geo-)political, economic and social issues Talk given at a conference (Im-)Mobile policies: why sustainability went wrong at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi 21.02.2014 Brussels, Belgium Müller Martin;
Managing the Legacies of Mega-Events Talk given at a conference The seven deadly sins of mega-event planning 14.02.2014 Sochi, Russia Müller Martin;
Seminário Nacional Metropolização e Megaeventos Talk given at a conference World Cup 2018 in Russia: a glimpse of the future 12.12.2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Müller Martin;
(Im-)Mobile policies: why sustainability went wrong in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Individual talk The seven deadly sins of mega-event planning – and what cities and states can do about them 14.10.2013 Kazan, Russia Müller Martin;
Mega-Event Planning Forum Talk given at a conference Not greening Russia: mobilising sustainability for the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi 06.08.2013 Gwangju, Korean Republic (South Korea) Müller Martin;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
An emergent political economy of mega-events: flows, circulations, and accumulations 09.03.2017 Zurich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Between Russia 2014 and Rio 2016 Workshop 12.04.2017 Smith College, Northampton, MA, United States of America Müller Martin; Gaffney Christopher; Wolfe Sven Daniel;
Olympic Alumni Night Talk 03.08.2016 Swissnex Rio, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
Os Jogos da Exclusão (The Exclusion Games) Workshop 02.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gaffney Christopher;
Open Doors, Department of Geography at UZH Talk 19.05.2016 University of Zurich, Switzerland Gaffney Christopher;
Berlinale, World Premiere "Zona Norte" Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 20.02.2016 Berlin, Germany Gaffney Christopher;
Invited Lecture at SwissOlympic Talk 18.11.2015 Bern, Switzerland Müller Martin;
NOlympics Hamburg 2024 Talk 24.10.2015 Hamburg, Germany Müller Martin;
Hamburgs Traum von Olympia – Kritische Einwände aus der Wissenschaft! Talk 18.06.2015 University of Hamburg, Germany Gaffney Christopher;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit. New York Times International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media World Cup hosts, be careful what you wish for USA Today International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Daniel Wolfe, da Lausanne: uma Copa contraditória na Rússia Exame International 2017
Video/Film Dirty Games: Olympic Evictions in Rio de Janeiro International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Everything You Need to Know About The Russia World Cup One Year Away Vice Sports International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Kak izbezhat v khode organizatsii megasobitiya Urban Report International 2017
Media relations: radio, television Money Talks: 2018 World Cup preparations on track but marred by costs TRT World International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Russia's World Cup: A Putin Own Goal? Financial Times International 2017
Media relations: radio, television "Šport na olimpijskih igrah je le distrakcija, prave igre so služenje denarja" RTV Slovenia International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media As the Olympics Near, Brazil and Rio Let the Bad Times Roll New York Times International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Brazil didn't mess up Games, nor did it make most of them Reuters International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Christopher Gaffney über Olympische Spiele in Rio Blick German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Cómo las Olimpiadas de Río se volvieron un espejo de los peores males de América Latina BBC America International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Das Mega-Event Syndrom NZZ German-speaking Switzerland International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Des Jeux olympiques peut-être exemplaires Swiss Info Western Switzerland 2016
Video/Film Dirty Games International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Dis Spiele asl Beschleuniger Wiener Zeitung International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media For residents of Rio’s slums, Olympic glory feels remote Associated Press International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Host-City-Verträge sorgen für Kritik ZDF German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36938256 Washington Post International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Hunting White Elephants International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media If we build it again with Expo 2025, will they come? Toronto Star International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media In Paralympics, Brazilians find a particularly timely message Christian Science Monitor International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media In Rio, Development Projects Lift Wealthy District Wall Street Journal International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media In Rio, poor families are pushed out of their neighborhoods to make way for the Olympics Los Angeles Times International 2016
Media relations: radio, television L.A. trying hard to bring Olympics back to U.S. in 2024 CBS International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Labskaus und Landungsbrücken WDR International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Multiplicities in the City (blog) Russia, Mobile Policies, and the 2018 World Cup International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Newly reintroduced to Olympics, golf could be gauge of Rio's success Christian Science Monitor International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Olympia 2024: Vier Rivalen für Hamburg und eine unbequeme Frage Die Welt International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Olympia Auswirkungen auf Rio ORF Tvthek International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Revealed: the biggest threat to the future of the Olympic Games The Guardian International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Revealed: the biggest threat to the future of the Olympic Games The Guardian International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Rio 2016: o esporte foi transformado em um grande negócio nacional e global. Entrevista especial com Revista IHU 0n-line International 2016
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Rio 2016: Os Jogos da Exclusão (Rio 2016: the exclusion games) International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Rio's legacy: a highway where Games buses and local anger collide Reuters International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Road To Rio: Police Sweep Away ‘Street Children’ Ahead Of Brazil Olympics International Business Times International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Russia’s 2018 World Cup – A Conversation Beyond Sport Futbolgrad.com International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Russia’s World Cup: Stadium and Urban Development in Ekaterinburg Futbolgrad.com International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Sem smertnikh grekhov stran, prinimayushikh Olimpiadi i chempionati 812 Online International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Växande protester mot dyrt OS i fattigt Rio SVT International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Wat de Olympische Spelen betekenen voor Rio de Janeiro De Correspondent International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media When mega-events make sense The Atlantic International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Will Rio benefit from Olympics legacy? BBC International 2016
Video/Film Zona Norte International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media 2022 Winter Olympics Host: Kazakhstan's Bid Makes Little Financial Sense International Business Times International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media 7 things that can go wrong with mega-events like the Pan Am Games Toronto Star International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media A Region´s Soccer Strongmen Are Facing a Hard Fall New York Times International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media After the World Cup, stadiums predictably leaving white-elephant legacies Sports Illustrated International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions ASVZ talk: The seven deadly sins of mega-event planning – and how to repent German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Die heimlichen Kosten Olympias Süddeutsche Zeitung International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Experts say why £35bn spent on Sochi Olympics hasn't paid off for Russia Daily Mirror International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Fifa scandal prompts fears for billions poured into Russia 2018. Financial Times International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media FIFA Scandal Reverberating Across Soccer-Crazy South America New York Times International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media FIFA, la boulette russe? La Tribune de Genève Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Inictment Against FIFA Raises Questions about Nike´s History in Brazil National Public Radio (USA) International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Putin builds £3bn Las Vegas-style casino city on the edge of Siberia Daily Mail International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Small Clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA Scandal Associated Press International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Ranks Most Expensive: Why Russia's Bill Was The Biggest Yet International Business Times International 2015
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) The multiple roles of mega-events: mega-promises, mini-outcomes? International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions The seven deadly sins of mega-event planning – and how to repent International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions United Nations Seminar “Sport and Sustainable Development” International Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Verfall des Rubels verteuert die WM für Russland SonntagsZeitung German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television "Doppelt so teuer wie WM in Brasilien" Deutschlandfunk International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media "Hauptsache, die Fassade glänzt" St. Galler Tagblatt German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Die Kosten für die WM 2018 laufen schon jetzt aus dem Ruder FAZ International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Fußball-WM 2018: Kostenexplosion beim Stadionbau in Russland SPIEGEL International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Gefangen im Gigantismus: “Das ist totes Kapital” NZZaS International German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Gross, grösser, Sotschi SRF 1, 10 vor 10 German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Kazanskie činovniki rasskažut sočinskim, čto delat’ so sportivnymi ob”ektami posle Olimpiady Telekanal Dozhd International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Kostspieliger Wiederanpfiff in Moskau: Weltmeisterschaft 2018 in Russland NZZ German-speaking Switzerland International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Les sept tares des grandes fêtes sportives Le Temps Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Nachhaltigkeit der Winterspiele in Sotschi Radio 1 German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Now what? A city fears a flameout New York Times International 2014
Media relations: radio, television Olympische Winterspiele hinterlassen tiefe Wunden SRF1, Echo der Zeit German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Putin's Russia after Sochi Voice of America International 2014
Media relations: radio, television Russia Prepares to Host 2018 World Cup as Costs Mount ABC International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Russland wird Brasilien hoch zwei Tages-Anzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Sicherheitsaufgebot in Sotschi Radio 24 German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Stoppt den Wahnsinn! DIE ZEIT International 2014
Media relations: radio, television Was von der WM in Brasilien bleibt SRF 1, 10vor10 German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Winterspiele der Extreme NZZ International German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media World Cup Russia 2018: Heading towards excesses Play the Game International 2014

Awards

Title Year
American Association of Geographers - Eurasia Specialty Group paper competition: honorable mention 2017
Editor, Journal of Latin American Geography 2015
Frithjof Voss Award in Human Geography German national award for human geographers under 40 in recognition of outstanding research achievements 2015
Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award of the Political Geography Speciality Group of the American Association of Geographers 2015
Wahl in das Editorial Board der Zeitschrift "Political Geography" 2014
Wahl in den Expertenrat der Föderalen Universität Kazan (Russland) 2014
Wahl in den Herausgeberrat der Buchreihe "Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds" bei Rowman & Littlefield 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
172891 Mega-events: growth and impacts 01.08.2017 SNSF Professorships

Abstract

The concept of the network has become a linchpin in recent thinking in the social sciences. At the most basic level, a network can be understood as a collection of relations between elements. While being applied to a range of different phenomena, it has become particularly important in thinking about the flow and circulation of knowledge, as evidenced in the career of the notion of ‘knowledge network’. Almost all approaches to the concept of network share the assumption that networks represent relations between social agents, whether it is individuals or higher-level agents such as organisations. In contrast to this view, this project proposes to work towards a socio-material understanding of networks that sees them as composed of humans and non-human objects. Such a view is particularly apposite when dealing with knowledge, since it recognises that knowledge is never immaterial, but co-constituted with the help of objects, such as documents and databases. The theoretical inspiration for this endeavour originates in a body of writing that has become known as actor-network theory (ANT). ANT has been embraced in a number of disciplines as a welcome resource for rethinking concepts of space in topological terms, that is, as constituted through relations. The move towards a topological notion of space, however, did not see a shift towards engaging with the social and material constituents of networks. As a result, much research has embraced the implications of ANT for the (topological) structure of a network, while ignoring the implications for its (socio-material) substance. The present project seeks to explore the utility of conceiving networks as socio-material in substance through the two interrelated concepts of circulation and power. Circulation is what creates a network in the first place through establishing relations and enrolling initially distant elements to achieve collective action. Power is a result of circulation, since whoever or whatever organises circulation also shapes the ordering of the network and enrols others in its interest.As an empirical case for these conceptual considerations, the project proposes to study the organisation of global mega-events, drawing on the example of the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup. With a budget of several billion dollars and the extensive preparations required for hosting them, these events have grown into major social, economic and political forces transforming cities and sometimes countries. Mega-events exhibit four attributes that make them particularly suitable for examining social-material knowledge networks: (1) geographical dispersion, creating the need to forge translocal relations between elements across long distances of physical space through circulation; (2) the absence of market and intra-organisational hierarchical coordination, resulting in a network form of coordination; (3) transience, making for networks that fade and are recreated with every edition of a mega-event and (4) the high demand for knowledge transfer from previous events leading to a strong knowledge orientation. The project argues that in the organisational environment of mega-events, the material component of knowledge networks is crucial both for forging translocal relations and for creating some stability and durability that allow for coordination in otherwise transient settings. The project proposes to trace the evolution of knowledge networks in the cases of the Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia) 2014 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 and the Football World Cups of Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. This setup allows for a dual comparison of the evolution of knowledge networks and their socio-material architecture between two different events in the same country and between two different countries in the same event. Five guiding questions will structure the research: 1)How are relations between elements in the knowledge networks forged and maintained (=> circulation)?2)What action do the resulting knowledge networks make possible?3)To what degree do knowledge networks fashion the IOC or FIFA with the power to govern at a distance the preparation for the events (=> power)? 4)Where and when do knowledge networks break down and what are the reasons for this? 5)How is knowing constituted in practice, i.e., how does knowledge become translated into a specific setting?In order to capture the social and material substance of the knowledge networks and trace the emerging processes of association, the project will draw on a combination of organisational ethnography, qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey research. Ethnographic research in the local organising committees (OCs) of the mega-events will provide a practice-based view of how knowing takes place, in the literal sense of the word, in particular settings. Supplementing the ethnographic material, qualitative interviews with key staff from the IOC, FIFA, the OCs and host city administrations as well as with itinerant consultants will be conducted to understand the architecture of knowledge networks. A quantitative survey of OC staff will aim to reconstruct knowledge relationships and exposure to immutable mobiles on the basis of a broader sample. On the conceptual side, the project thus contributes to debates in economic geography and organisation and management studies on the network view of organisations, and knowledge networks in particular, through considering the potential of socio-material networks. On the empirical side, it aims to work towards a better understanding of the circumstances under which knowing practices evolve and are shaped in the transient, translocal settings that have become more and more commonplace through the proliferation of projects in the modern organisation of work.
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