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Managing the Impacts of Mega-Events: Towards Sustainable Legacies


This IRSES project looks at why the economic and social impacts of mega events are often not realized to their full potential. The project also examines best practice in creating sustainable impacts for mega-events using a trans-continental perspective and considers cultural and other contextual differences in the perception and management of impacts. The partnership created to conduct this research includes the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States of America, South Africa and Germany. Through examining past mega-events and attendance at current mega-events the project team will provide a comprehensive view of constraining and enabling forces affecting the management of impacts of a variety of different types (sporting and non-sporting) events. The final results of this study will provide a guide for governments and host cities to enable them to ensure the significant investment in mega-events has real and long lasting impacts for a range of stakeholders. This guide will be useful at the bidding, planning and management stages of mega-events to ensure sustainability in the legacy of those events.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)


Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 375 900
Administrative Contact
Ian Brittain (Dr.)

Participants (1)

EU contribution
€ 476 700
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joerg Koenigstorfer (Prof.)