H. Özlem Edizel
This PhD study looks at the interface between mega-event led regeneration and sustain-
able development by using comparative analysis between a successful mega-event led
regeneration project and a similar scale regeneration project that was triggered by an
unsuccessful mega-event proposal and was implemented despite losing. It will use an
integrative approach in which built environment/landscape, social structure and stake-
holder organizations are studied together, in two different regeneration cases incorpo-
rating mega-event strategies.
This poster presents a visual summary of a part of the literature review of this PhD
study which focuses on understanding mega-event phenomenon.
The literature review consists of three main
parts. The current review focuses on the mega-
event phenomenon. This process primarily con-
sists of reviewing secondary sources.
Literature review aims at understanding the
key debates around mega-events and determin-
ing the missing and/or less studied aspects.
WHAT IS A MEGA-EVENT? IMPACTS OF MEGA-EVENT HOSTING
MEGA-EVENT DEFINITION AND
Diversity of events makes it difficult to
provide a single definition for them.
The categorization and definition of
mega-events changes according to
their rationale, political economy and
Mega-event impact studies are classi-
fied under five categories. Impact
types are not always discrete and ex-
clusive, and are increasingly combined.
Type of event Example of event Target attendance/
Type of media interest
World Cup (Soccer)
Global Global TV
Special event Grand Prix (F1)
World Regional Sport
(e.g. Pan-Am Games)
Hallmark event National sport event
(e.g. Australian Games)
Big City Sport/Festival
Community event Rural Town Event
Local Community Event
Understanding the mega-event phenomenon re-
quires an understanding of its definition and con-
In order to conduct the research effectively, it is im-
portant to clarify which type of events can be classi-
fied as “mega” and what type of impact studies have be made so far about mega-events. This will help to find out what is missing or less
studied in the literature in terms of urban regeneration and community engagement impacts. Moreover, this part of the literature re-
view will be used to clarify the second case study area (the first being London 2012 Olympic Games/Regeneration area).
Sustainable Cities &
IMPACT ANALYSIS OF MEGA-EVENTS
Roche, M. (2000). Mega-events and Modernity: Olympics and EXPOs in the Growth of Global Culture. London: Routledge.