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    I am interested in the intersection of sport and politics, the impacts of events and the enmeshing of sport and social justice. More specifically, I am interested in the multi-faceted politics of hosting mega-events. In particular, I'm interested in the ways in which host communities contest the deleterious impacts of mega-events, the way localised political movements interact with the global politics of the spectacle, and how mega-events impact on human rights. I examine these questions through ethnographic research, which involves in-depth engagement with the people involved in these episodes of political contention. Previous research has focussed on how these issues played out at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which has been published in numerous journals, including Leisure Studies and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. I am currently preparing a monograph based on this research, to be published by Manchester University Press.


    I joined Coventry University in 2020 as a lecturer in sport and event management. Before working at Coventry, I completed my PhD at the University of Brighton on social movements and Rio 2016 and I was a lecturer in sport development at Abertay University from 2017 to 2020.


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