Mega-Events and Festival Research: Rio 2016, London 2012, before and beyond

View Mike’s previous, current and forthcoming mega-events academic output (publications, conferences, media, policy etc) – Visit Mike’s Academic CV / Portfolio

Top resources for the study of mega-events (policy, politics, wider impacts, economics and strategic leveraging)

  • Thematically ordered suggestions of my top academic journal publications
  • Generally useful IOC, OCOG and governmental policy and practice reports
  • Useful commentators on mega-event developments

Around the Rings –

  • Noteworthy media articles and videos

Around the Rings (Aug, 2016) –

  • Key project and policy actors for the Olympics and notable academic authors

Visit the Official #RioZones analysis, videos, pictures, case study and day to day narration (research vlog and data analysis) from the Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016: Key The Conversation and Media articles

Mike’s regional events and festival research (2015 – 2020)

  • Glastonbury’s festival economics signals hope for entrepreneurial spirit (Michael Duignan, The Conversation June 2016)
  • EAT Cambridge 2014 economic and evaluation report (Michael Duignan)
  • EAT Cambridge 2015 and 2016 economic and evaluation report (Michael Duignan, Lewis Walsh, Nikki Cade)
  • Cambridge Half Marathon 2016 analysis – final economic evaluation report (Michael Duignan)



A more comical-come-satirical take on the economics and politics of mega-events

FIFA and the World Cup: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Rio 2016 Olympic Ceremony