Posted by: olymponomics | February 15, 2012

Talk – ‘Managing Olympic Risks’

Tomorrow I will be giving a talk ‘Managing Olympic Risks’ at the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. I’ll be discussing how the Olympics has undergone a shift towards the institutional management of risk, in particular focusing on how a range of administrative tools such as cost-benefit analysis, impact assessments, technical evaluations, manuals, knowledge transfer/assurance and public opinion research are all symptomatic of attempts to make legible the inherent uncertainties and complexities of mega-events. These sorts of ideas draw from the work of James C. Scott’s Seeing Like A State and Lee Clarke’s Mission Improbable: Using Fantasy Documents to Tame Disaster. I’ll be plugging my forthcoming book of course.

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