I have been investigating the Olympics for nearly 15 years, focusing primarily on the media, culture, politics and the doping debate within the Olympic Movement.
I am particularly interested in the way that the Olympics commands global political attention and the values upon which it is based, which articulate its role as an international social movement. My work focuses on scrutinizing these dimensions.
Besides studying the broad dimensions of the Olympic programme, I have conducted fieldwork at every winter and summer Olympics since Sydney 2000 working often as a an accredited journalist.
My most recent role is as the social media mentor for the International Olympic Committee Young Reporters programme, which involved taking 30+ trainees to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games to learn how to be an Olympic journalist. Here's a link to some of the content we created while there.
I was also a supervising Professor at the International Olympic Academy, spent time researching at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne and saw shot putt at the Ancient Stadium of Olympia during the Athens 2004 Olympics.
I also recently led and delivered a new IOC Massive Open Online Course on Sports Media, which brought together some of the world's best media pros.
During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, I was accredited as a journalist and will be studying the media and politics of the Games. I will do the same thing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games and can't wait to see what the first South American Olympic Games will look like!