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Prof Graeme Evans guest editor of Regional Survey on Mega-Events
Regions, Quarterly magazine of the Regional Studies Association, no. 295, Autumn 2014.

Prof Graeme Evans guest editor of Regional Survey on Mega-Events

Prof Graeme Evans is guest editor of Regions, the quarterly magazine fo the Regional Studies Assocaition. The topic is Mega Events and Regional Development, based on the RSA Mega Events Research Network, and the issue includes an article by Özlem Edizel. Prime examples of mega events include Olympics, World Cups, World EXPOs and European Capitals of Culture where major facilities and sites are created. Increasingly the spatial scope of these mega- events has taken on a regional dimension, with collaboration between cities and regions in order to generate a wide impact area and regional identity. The mega-event phenomenon has also spread to developing countries, with Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and summer Olympics in Rio 2016. Middle Eastern states also pursue these events with Qatar’s controversial award of the 2022 World Cup. Despite their high cost to the public purse, the political and security risks they entail, and the high chances of failure in the bidding process, cities continue to bid for the prestige and leverage attaching to these events. A particular aspect of the hosting of mega events is their ‘legacy’, however, as the articles highlight, the governance of these event regimes is seldom transparent and often struggles to deliver legacy promises and social benefits during and after the event. Creating partnerships across regions is also fraught with political and financial difficulties and can be hard to maintain. As the authors argue therefore, Mega Events have to be approached from both a sustainable development perspective and integrate with wider urban and regional policy objectives in order to deliver the regeneration benefits they promise.