Originally from New Zealand, Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe joined the University of Kent in February 2018. His research strengths cover socio-cultural, historical and political aspects of sport, the Olympic movement and legacies, national identity and public memory, the production and governance of sport museums/heritage, and sport and spatial politics. Recent projects have included examinations of sport organisational politics and sports workers' welfare, critique of sport organisations education programmes, analyses of sport heritage governance, and proposing new methodological possibilities for sport and oral history. He is a member of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 'Sport, Legacies and Communities' Research Group, Editorial Board Member and Reviews Editor for Sport in Society, International (External) Collaborator for 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.
In 2019 Dr Kohe co-authored (with Dr Holly Collison, Loughborough University) Sport, Education and Corporatisation: Spaces of connectivity, contestation and creativity (Oxon: Routledge). The work provides 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. Considering examples from the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, Nike, McDonalds, the United Nations and charitable organisations, the research investigates the complexities of ideological forces, stakeholder relationships and social justice and critical action. The work 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 broadcasts on the London 2012 Olympic Games and related Olympic education and participation legacies. Dr Kohe contributed to the recent 'From London 2012 to Paris 2024: Lessons learned from research into the social legacies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games' symposium; convened by SSES colleague Dr Sakis Pappous and hosted by the University of Kent at its Paris campus. The event brought together key European and international academics, sport policy makers, high performance and grassroots sport organisations and workers, and national sport governing bodies to share knowledge, experience and issues, and propose new directions for collaborative legacy projects.
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 currently supervises 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 and Dementia (in collaboration with the University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies). Prospective postgraduate students are encouraged to get in contact to discuss supervision possibilities.