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Olympic Games Impact Study - London 2012 Pre-Games Report

Olympic Games Impact Study - London 2012 Pre-Games Report

Olympic Games Impact Study - London 2012 Pre-Games Report

Start Date:  Nov 2009  End Date:  Oct 2010   Status: Completed


The Olympic Games Impact Study (OGI) was born from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) desire to develop an objective and scientific analysis of the impact of each edition of the Games. To this end, the IOC has worked since 2001 with a network of local universities and experts to elaborate a methodological framework and select a set of measurable indicators for the collection of data from each Games. The information from OGI forms part of the Official Report to be produced after each Games. Based on the analysis of impacts from each OGI study, the IOC will integrate appropriate changes to maintain the long-term viability of the Games in keeping with the ideals of the Olympic Movement. OGI is based on a set of 120 defined indicators spread across the three internationally recognised areas of sustainable development: economic, socio-cultural, and environmental. The indicators allow the observation of trends and outcomes of hosting the Games.
Aims:To compile the London 2012 Pre-Games Report


  • Data harvesting
  • Assessment of impacts in relation to the London 2012 legacy promises.

Main Findings:


No negative impacts were found as a result of preparing for the 2012 Games, some positive impacts were found but many indicators were inconclusive. The reason for this uncertainty is partly the data available, but also due to East London regeneration which makes it harder to identify impacts directly related to Games activity. It may be too early to identify a positive Games effect in the economic and socio-cultural areas, and the full extent to which London 2012 has achieved its targets will only be clear from the findings of the post-Games report due in 2015.

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Project Lead:

Professor Allan Brimicombe (Centre for Geo-Information Studies, UEL)

IHHD Project Lead: 

Professor Adrian Renton

Project Team:  

Centre for Geo-Information Studies (School of Computing, Information Technology & Engineering)

  • Professor Allan Brimicombe
  • Dr Yang Li

London East Research Institute (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

  • Professor Gavin Poynter
  • Dr Iain Macrury
  • Dr Karina Berzins

Institute for Health and Human Development (School of Health and Biosciences)

  • Professor Adrian Renton
  • Dr Patrick Tobi
  • Dr Ge Yu

Sustainability Research Institute (School of Computing, Information Technology & Engineering)

  • Darryl Newport (also representing TGIfS)
  • Paula Denby

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Project Partners: Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability

Report:  Olympic Games Impact Study – London 2012 Pre-Games Report