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
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".
Quarterly 26:118-137. (PDF)
1995. "Conventions As Mega-Events: A New Model
For Convention-Host City Relationships".
1997. "And If Cape Town Loses: Mega-Events And The Olympic
Candidature". Indicator South
Africa 14:63-67. (PDF)
The Impact Of Mega-Events: A Linkage Model". Current Issues In Tourism
1999. "Mega-Events And Community Obsolescence: Redevelopment And
Victoria Park East". Canadian Journal Of Urban Research
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,
2000. "Towards An Urban Sociology Of
Mega-Events". Research In Urban Sociology 5:181-205. (PDF)
"Mega-Events, Urban Boosterism, And Growth Strategies: An Analysis Of The Cape
2004 Olympic Bid". International Journal Of Urban And Regional
Research 24:457-476. (PDF)
"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-
2000. Lausanne: International Olympic
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)