Portrait of Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe

Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe

Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy & Management


Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe joined the University of Kent in February 2018. He holds an undergraduate and doctoral degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and has previously researched and taught in New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. His research strengths cover socio-cultural, historical and political aspects of sport, the Olympic movement and sport legacies, national identity and public memory, and sport museums/heritage practices. Recent projects include examinations of sports workers' welfare, Olympic education programmes, sport heritage governance, and sport mega-event politics. His publications have recently featured in Educational ReviewInternational Review for the Sociology of SportSport, Education & Society, Managing Sport & Leisure, and Leisure Studies. He is an Editorial Board Member and Reviews Editor for Sport in Society, international collaborator with the National Taiwan University of Sport Olympic Museum & Study Centre, the Centre of Olympic Studies (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) and member of the International Sociology of Sport Association and International Olympic Academy Participants Association.


  • PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand (2010)
  • BPhED Hons (First Class – Professional Studies), University of Otago, New Zealand, (2006)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research interests

Dr Kohe is an internationally recognised researcher with a scholarship profile across the Sociology and History of Sport, Sport Management, and Physical Education. He holds substantial research expertise in Olympic studies, with specialisms in educational and participation legacies, Olympic and sport museums/heritage, and sport organisational politics within the Olympic movement. His recent work (Kohe & Collison, 2018; 2019; Koutrou & Kohe, 2021a; 2021b; Kohe, Nehring, Tu, 2021) has focused on global, transnational and local sport and physical activity landscapes; with specific emphasis on stakeholder network formations, collaborative projects development, participant experiences and sector capacity building. International settings for this work have included China, North America, the United Kingdom and wider Europe. In addition to furthering critique of professional and grassroots sport, sport policies and sports work, his research has also contributed insights in cross-sector partnership formations, evidenced cases of best practices and opportunities for knowledge transformation, and informed ongoing discussions about sector resourcing, capacity building and sustainability.

Dr Kohe is co-investigator with Dr Niki Koutrou (University of Bournemouth) on the recent International Olympic Committee Report entitled ‘Reawakening sport and community engagement in a previous Olympic host city: Capitalising on the Athens 2004 Olympic volunteer legacy 17 years on’ (Lausanne: IOC, 2021). Drawing on interviews with strategic sector leaders and professionals within Greece and wider Europe, the project revises understandings of the landscape and interplays between the civil society, volunteering and sport sectors. Amid continued austerity, political change and the enduring effects of Covid-19, Dr Kohe and Dr Koutrou’s work provides contemporary analysis of forces effecting the sector, evidence of best practice, and establishes guidelines for enhancing future mega-event and Olympic volunteering strategies. Prior to this, Dr Kohe co-authored (with Dr Holly Collison, Loughborough University) Sport, Education and Corporatisation: Spaces of connectivity, contestation and creativity (Oxon: Routledge, 2019). The work offers the first interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and cross-sector critique of sport organisation, educational entities and commercial stakeholder relations across an array of global, regional and local contexts. This research continues Dr Kohe's ongoing interest in organisational relations and politics in the sport sector, and follows previous publications including: High Performance Disability Sport Coaching (Oxon: Routledge) co-edited in 2016 (with Professor Derek Peters); and At the Heart of Sport (Wgtn: NZOC, 2011), the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s centennial history.

Dr Kohe has given keynote lectures in Taiwan and the Czech Republic, and also featured regularly in local, regional and national BBC and KMTV broadcasts on the London 2012 Olympic Games and related sport/physical activity participation legacies. Dr Kohe has also served as an advisor for sport museums in Italy, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, and is currently the Director of the country's inaugural National Basketball Heritage Centre (UK). As an officially recognised repository and affiliate of the United Kingdom's Sport Heritage Network, the centre serves as a research hub and has recently attracted further support from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.


Dr Kohe has supervised and examined PhD students in the areas of the Olympic movement and sport policy, sport heritage and history, leisure and social media, sport management and organisational politics, and physical activity/sport. His current postgraduate supervisions include the following:

Pieran Liu – Public perceptions and media framing of Corporate Social Responsibility practices in Chinese Football

Allien Massoso – Grassroots football and talent identification pathways in Zimbabwe

Ben Urban – Athlete welfare, care ethics and the urban environment in UK Para-Judo

Andrew Wedgbury – Socio-media, community cultures and identity formation in Angling in the UK

Steve Raven (in partnership with the University of Worcester) – Perceptions of race, ethnicity and whiteness in UK Physical Education

Jonathan Mandel (in partnership with the University of Worcester and National Basketball Heritage Centre) – Basketball and youth subcultures in the United Kingdom

Jamie Smith  (in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire and National Basketball Heritage Centre) – Conceptualising and developing basketball heritage practices in the United Kingdom

Prospective postgraduate students are encouraged to get in contact to discuss supervision possibilities.

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