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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

The Legacy of Mega-Sporting Events for Urban Regeneration

Many cities enter the world stage or maintain their position as international hubs by hosting mega-sporting events that are often justified by economic growth, image building, infrastructure development, and urban regeneration. A critical analysis of literature will inform the creation of a legacy identification and assessment framework that aims to conceptualise an overview of mega-sporting event legacy for use in event and legacy planning. The framework provides context to answer the question: How do the legacies of mega-sporting events impact urban regeneration? This dissertation then aims to discuss how the relationship between mega-sporting events and urban regeneration inform legacy planning, through an analysis of planning approaches, challenges in measuring legacy, the effectiveness of hosting a mega-sporting event for urban regeneration, and recommendations for maximizing the benefits of hosting a mega-sporting event. Various examples will be highlighted throughout the text and the 2012 London Olympic Games will be used as a case study to discuss changing trends in legacy planning. Understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with mega-sporting event legacy and the recommendations for maximising benefit can better inform future event hosting and further urban regeneration projects around the world. 


Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.