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About LERI

The London East Research Institute conducts research and consultancy on issues of urban regeneration, focusing on the economic, social and cultural development of East London and the Thames Gateway. We aim to provide information, research and teaching resources that enable policy-makers, businesses and local communities understand the processes and impacts of development and thereby help optimise regeneration outcomes.

Olympic Cities: Social Legacies - A two day event examining the potential for sustainable social legacies of sports mega events

The Symposium seeks to share, analyse and improve our understanding of urban development and place-shaping when linked to hosting a global mega event. Our keynote speakers will focus upon city-building in an international context and draw upon case study experience in London and Rio de Janeiro. The Symposium concentrates upon the potential of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to provide positive social benefits in housing and health and well-being.

Click here to read an Executive Summary from Lamartine DaCosta, Ana Miragaya, Cristiano Belém and Andre Augusto Gavlak - Introducing SAM RIO Global City as a Socio-environmental Legacy from Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games - Analysis of Climate Changes and of Populations at Risk for Pre-event Planning'

News: LERI Think piece on Olympic Legacy for OECD and Communities and Local Government study

We are publishing a report that was commissioned as a small scale research project by the analytical services directorate of Department for Communities and Local Government. It was undertaken in order to provide the local context to inform an OECD expert Review of London 2012 legacy which had been commissioned by the Department.
The report, written by LERI's Professor Gavin Poynter and Dr Iain Macrury, set out to answer three questions:

  1. What are the key socio-economic problems in the five host boroughs?
  2. What could the London 2012 legacy look like? (Based on the evidence of previous games and similar major events, best practice, and the plans and preparations that have been made to date)
  3. Do we have the appropriate governance arrangements to maximise legacy benefits?
London’s Olympic Legacy

The report is published in the form that it was presented to the OECD expert panel, setting the socio-economic and policy context as it stood in late 2009. It can be downloaded here. Inevitably, some of the socio-economic statistics quoted have been superseded by new data, and the policy context has also evolved. The report should be read in conjunction with the OECD report itself, which identifies a number of key issues for legacy planners to consider. This can be found at:


LERI contribute to GLA report 'Legacy Limited' February 2010

The London Assembly's Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee published a report on the role of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, 'Legacy Limited' in February 2010. The report was informed by research undertaken by LERI. LERI's review focused on the governance arrangements for past host cities and other major sporting and regeneration projects that have useful lessons for 'London 2012'. The London Assembly report received extensive press and media coverage.

To read LERI's report and the London Assembly's 'Legacy Limited' click here

GLA Legacy Limited cover

Latest news: launch of the LERI publication Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London and the East London Lives 2012 archive

Cover image of Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London book

Welcome and Introduction to the Evening Professor Gavin Poynter (Chair, LERI)

Presentation on Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London by Dr Iain MacRury (Director, LERI)

Presentation on East London Lives 2012 by Professor Andrew McDonald (Project Director, ELL2012), Gurdish Sandhu and Dr Mary Smith

Public Lecture: Professor Lamartine DaCosta, Chair: Professor Michael Rustin

Reception to follow

The London East Research Institute (LERI), the Library and Learning Services (LLS) and the Institute of Health and Human Development (IHHD) at the University of East London hosted a successful evening event on the theme of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This celebrated the launches of LERI’s latest book ‘Olympic Cities and the Remaking of London’ and the JISC funded ‘East London Lives 2012’ archive project. The evening ended with the London East Research Institute Public Lecture on Olympic legacy and mega events by Professor Lamartine DaCosta, of the Grupo Estudis Olympicos, Universidade Gama Filho, Brazil.

Professor DaCosta is Professor of the Masters and Doctorate Program in Physical Education, Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Guest Professor at the University of Sao Paul (Brazil) and coordinator of a joint research project on urban regeneration and sports mega events with LERI (UEL); Member of the Federal Council of Physical Education, Brazil; Consultant for research policy and grants of the federal Government and the State of Sao Paolo.

Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London is edited by Professor Gavin Poynter and Dr Iain MacRury, published by Ashgate Publishers, London. 2009 http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&title_id=9135&edition_id=10529&calcTitle=1

East London Lives 2012 is funded by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) as part of the Enriching Digital Resources programme, a strand of the digitisation programme

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Recent news


Click on the image for a PDF on the partnership and researchers involved, alternatively click here to download

Brazil is developing an ambitious programme of sports megaevents. After the staging of the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, the programme will continue with the hosting of the 2014 Football World Cup. The 12 host cities will have the support of  the Federal Government of Brazil in building the necessary infrastructure to hold the event. In addition, Brazil will also host the 2016 Military Olympic Games and is a candidate for the 2016 Olympic Games or, if unsuccessful in that year, for the following ones. 

In this highly favourable context for Brazilian sport, with all its environmental, social, economic, spatial and cultural implications, a new project of international research cooperation has been established.

The London East Research Institute (LERI) of the University of East London in the UK and the Architectural and Urban Technology Research Nucleus of the University of São Paulo  (NUTAU/USP) in Brazil have set up a partnership to develop joint research into the socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts of sports megaevents with a view to helping the public sector to plan, implement and manage the infrastructures necessary for such events, conceived as part of a project of urban regeneration in the context of a process of sustainable development

The agreement has been signed by Professor Gavin Poynter, Chair of LERI, on behalf of LERI, and by Professor Bruno Roberto Padovano, Scientific Coordinator of NUTAU/USP on behalf of NUTAU/USP.   

The research will be coordinated by Dr. Iain MacRury,  Alvaro de Miranda and Prof. Andrew Blake on behalf of LERI and by Professor Lamartine DaCosta on behalf NUTAU/USP.

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East London Lives 2012 digital archive an archive project documenting the impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Londoners


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