Social legacy of mega-events: the case of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China
This research critically examines the social legacy of mega-event hosting by looking at the experience of Guangzhou, China, in hosting the Summer Asian Games in November 2010.
The key aim of this project is to investigate socio-spatial impacts of mega-event preparation upon the livelihood of rural-to-urban migrant workers and poor local residents who live in those vulnerable neighbourhoods earmarked for demolition as part of the Games preparation.
Focusing on poor neighbourhoods and migrants’ enclaves in Guangzhou, this project investigates the socio-spatial impacts of mega-event preparation upon the livelihood of rural-to-urban migrant workers and poor local residents (consisting of work-poor households, retired households and unemployed or laid-off households) who live in these vulnerable neighbourhoods earmarked for demolition.
The project involves field visits to Guangzhou, questionnaire surveys on three neighbourhoods and qualitiative in-depth interviews with local residents, local government officials, planners and academic experts. The collected data from this research project are expected to provide a rich contextual understanding of how the Games are experienced by the city, and also, how urban spatial restructuring has been facilitated by the intervention of the Games-related projects in Guangzhou’s existing urban planning and development framework.
It is envisaged that the project outcome would establish a solid platform upon which a comparative project can be developed to bring the experiences of mega-event hosting in both Global South and North.
Staff member: Hyun Bang Shin
Project period: April 2009 – July 2011
Funding: STICERD/LSE Annual Fund New Researcher Award (2009 – 2011)
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