13 December 2012

Özlem Edizel
Sustainable Event-led Regeneration: Governance of London 2012 Olympic Games
Since the early 1990s, there has been a widespread trend towards the use of mega-events to promote a city, stimulate the local economy and regenerate rundown post-industrial areas and communities. Accordingly, the importance of mega-events in city regeneration has gained increasing attention. In the context of mega-event based regeneration, multiple stakeholder perspectives are essential and the stakeholders should be in consensus in order to deliver sustainable events. In order to understand how event policies are realised, it is important to know how different actors are involved and interact in an event-led regeneration. Therefore, this study aims to critically evaluate the expected regeneration impacts and legacy effects arising from hosting the mega-events by analysing the regeneration stakeholder decision-making structure in the Lower Lea Valley where London 2012 Games is staged. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires are conducted with stakeholders of London 2012 Games. Interview questions are directed towards understanding plans undertaken to develop a strategy, the response to the mega-event led regeneration, reasons behind decisions made, expectations from regeneration, and relationships with other stakeholders. In this presentation, some preliminary results of London 2012 stakeholder interviews will be discussed.

Sam Halvorsen
Subverting Space with Occupy London
Just over a year ago Occupy London emerged as part of a global movement that was centred on the occupation of prominent urban spaces, turning them into radical experiments in creating worlds beyond the crises of capital. My research considers how the subversion of space has been central to this politics, in which the production of fetishised abstract space is rejected and activists instead seek to reproduce space through the power-to of their doing. In particular I highlight the importance of what I term "territorial practices" that (re)assemble diverse flows of people and things in attempts at stabilising alternative spatial orders. In this way, I suggest that we need to move beyond a conceptualisation of autonomous politics centred on the creation of networked spaces, and explore the importance of territory and territoriality.