Sophy Chan

PhD (candidate) School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

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I am a sport sociologist and budding urban geographer interested in studying the intersection between sport mega-event legacies, housing rights, environmental justice, and the Right to the City.

The Olympic Games have always captured my interests. I was an avid viewer of the Games ever since I was a child. I was captured by the fanfare and the supposed values that the Games espoused – international unity, effort, peace. However, it had soon become apparent that these values were inconsistent as it was applied differently to different people. I began to follow up with this notion during my MA at the University of Western Ontario by studying the rapid displacement of low-income individuals from SROs in the lead-up to and after the 2010 Olympic Games. For the purpose of securing public-private investment and achieving very specific socio-spatial urban alterations, I was convinced that the Games were held at the expense of individuals who are already marginalized. Under the supervision of Jeff Masuda, this remains my research angle today.

Currently, my research interests revolve around Olympic Games legacies as they pertain to environmental protection and sustainability and how they have touched down in informal and low-income neighbourhoods called favelas, in Rio de Janeiro. In the spring of 2018, I will be (briefly) relocating to Rio de Janeiro to conduct my fieldwork. I am slowly gaining proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese and am excited to see how the project will unfold.

Contact: 15swsc(at)queensu.ca

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