Cities and the Olympics Project

Living in the host city of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics provided a window on the Olympic phenomenon from the urban resident's point of view which began a research focus on how people within a host city experience the Olympics. The boosterism required to mount and win the bid and ultimately to host the Games also coincided with a dramatic transformation of the city of Calgary from a more regionalist city to a city with more global interests. It became clear that the Olympics was not just about sport but about a whole host of factors relevant to an emergent or "arriviste" city. Thus began a research journey that has taken Hiller into a continuous analysis of the many ways in which mega-events are related to internal dynamics within host cities.

Publications that deal with the urban impact of the Olympics and mega-events include:

1989. "Impact And Image: The Convergence Of Urban Factors In Preparing For The 1988
        Calgary Winter Olympics". Pp.119-131 in G.J. Syme et al (eds.), The Planning And
        Evaluation Of Hallmark Events
. Aldershot, UK, Avebury Press.(PDF)

1990. "The Urban Transformation Of A Landmark Event: The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics".
        Urban Affairs Quarterly
26:118-137. (PDF)

1995. "Conventions As Mega-Events: A New Model For Convention-Host City Relationships".
        Tourism Management 16:375-379. (PDF)

1997. "And If Cape Town Loses: Mega-Events And The Olympic Candidature". Indicator South
14:63-67. (PDF)

1998. "Assessing The Impact Of Mega-Events: A Linkage Model". Current Issues In Tourism
        1:47-57. (PDF)

1999. "Mega-Events And Community Obsolescence: Redevelopment And Rehabilitation In
        Victoria Park East". Canadian Journal Of Urban Research 8:47-81. (PDF)

1999. "Mega-Events And Urban Social Transformation". Pp. 109-120 in T.D. Andersson, C.
        Persson, B. Sahlberg, and L.I.Strom (eds.), The Impact Of Mega-Events. Ostersund,
        Sweden: European Tourism Research Institute, Mid-Sweden University.

2000. "Towards An Urban Sociology Of Mega-Events". Research In Urban Sociology 5:181-205. (PDF)

2000. "Mega-Events, Urban Boosterism, And Growth Strategies: An Analysis Of The Cape Town
        2004 Olympic Bid". International Journal Of Urban And Regional Research 24:457-476. (PDF)

2003. "Toward A Science Of Olympic Outcomes: The Urban Legacy." Pp. 102-109 in Miquel de
        Moragas, Christopher Kennett, Nuria Puig (eds), The Legacy of The Olympic Games 1984-
Lausanne: International Olympic Committee. (PDF)

2006. "Post-Event Outcomes and the Post-Modern Turn: The Olympics and Urban
       Transformations". European Sport Management Quarterly 6(4)2006:317-332. (PDF)

2011. “Public Opinion in Host Olympic Cities: The Case of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games."
       Sociology 45(5):883-899. (with Richard A. Wanner) (PDF)

2012. Host Cities and the Olympics: An Interactionist Approach. London: Routledge.

2014. "The Psycho-Social Impact of the Olympics as Urban Festival: A Leisure Perspective". Leisure Studies,
       (with Richard Wanner) (pdf).

2016. "The Olympics as an Iconic Event: The Question of National Unity and the Vancouver 2010 Games"
       Pp. 157-173 David Taras and Christopher Waddell (eds.), How Canadians Communicate.
       Athabasca University Press.(PDF)

2017. "Sport Mega-Events as Mega-Projects: Interaction Effects and Local Mobilities".in Noel B. Salazar,
        Christiane Timmerman, Johan Wets, Luana Gama Gato, and Sarah Van den Broucke (eds.),
        Mega-Event Mobilities: A Critical Analysis. London: Routledge.

2017. “Public Opinion in Olympic Cities: From Bidding to Retrospection”. Urban Affairs Review (online first)
       (with Richard Wanner) (PDF)