Originally from New Zealand, Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe joined the University of Kent in February 2018. His research strengths traverse the socio-cultural, historical and political aspects of the Olympic movement, national identity and public memory, politicizations of the body, and the production and governance of sport museums/heritage spaces. Recent projects have included examinations of sport organisational politics and sports workers' welfare, critique of sport organisations education programmes, analyses of sport heritage relations with the Higher Education sector.
- 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)
In 2016 Dr Kohe’s co-edited (with Professor Derek Peters) High Performance Disability Sport Coaching (Oxon: Routledge); the first text of its kind to collate the experiences and concerns of elite coaches working is an array of international sport settings and highlight issues confronting the management of the professional disability/para sport sector. Previously, in recognition of his ongoing research, Dr Kohe was commissioned to author the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s centennial history (Wellington: NZOC). This work served to mark the organisation’s primary place in the governance of New Zealand sport and its contribution to national culture.
Dr Kohe has been an invited participant at the conjoint University of Bath & University of Sao Paulo ‘Sport & Social Transformation: Sport development and sport mega events’ Researcher Links Workshop (funded by the British Research Council, Newton Fund and Brazilian Federal Research Council). He has also featured regularly in in local, regional and national BBC broadcasts on the London 2012 Olympic Games and related Olympic education and participation legacies. In addition, Dr Kohe also serves at the director of the National Basketball Heritage Archive and Study Centre. 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 is a member of the International Society for the Sociology of Sport Association, International Olympic Academy Participants Association, International (External) Collaborator for the Centre for Olympic Studies (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain); and, book reviews editor for Sport in Society.
- Elite sports workers’ lives and sport organisation contexts and relations
- Post London-2012 Olympic a/effects & educational & sport policy intersections
- Sport organisations, charitable trusts & commercial partnerships
- Socio-cultural and historical dimensions of sport and leisure industries
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Purdy, L., Kohe, G. and Paulauskas, R. (2018). Changing it up: implications of mid-season coach change on basketball players' career and professional identities. Sport in Society [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2018.1445991.Career and professional identities are utilized as a conceptual framework to consider the complexities of basketball players' working lives amidst mid-season coach change. Seven male professional basketball players, working in top European leagues, participated in semi-structured interviews. The interviews were centred on career trajectories and incidents of mid-season coach change. Results indicate sports workers' career success is contingent upon strategically undertaking identity work in order to best respond to the demands of the organizational context. Players' experiences of coach turnover, for example, may have varied however, the event had discernible influence on how they understood themselves, their positional relationship and overall longevity in the sport. Of concern is the necessity for organizations to appreciate their roles in shaping the settings in which their employees work, and the related consequences that contextual changes have in worker's abilities to labour and the strategies they may need to utilize to cope with such change.
Solves, J. et al. (2018). Framing the Paralympic Games: A mixed-methods analysis of Spanish media coverage of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Framing the Paralympic Games: A mixed-methods analysis of Spanish media coverage of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games.In recent years, there has been an increased emergence of studies focusing on the media coverage of the Paralympic Games. Until recently, studies have predominately used quantitative content analyses that, although providing useful interrogation of observational patterns, limits the understanding of and appreciation for the contexts that may have shaped the production of information. By focusing exclusively on the 'what' and on the 'how much' it is difficult to reveal the 'why' and to identify the underlying motives of any changes. This paper recognizes the nuances of the editorial decision-making process by using a mixed methods approach; employing quantitative and qualitative data drawn from a case study focusing on the Spanish media coverage of the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. An initial content analysis of all news published in Spain's twelve highest-circulation newspapers during Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games was undertaken. Subsequently, 15 semi-structured interviews were conducted with journalists that were also sent to these two iterations of the Paralympic Games by Spanish media. Drawing on conceptualisations of media framing, the results highlight that the numerical data alone shed insufficient light on the complexity of the news-making process. The semi-structured interviews brought to light issues such as editorial management buoyed by commercial imperatives, and organisational interjection in journalists' narratives and authorship, that also contoured coverage and content. In addition to further debate about the complexities of media coverage of Paralympic sport, the study also underscores the utility of incorporating and combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies within sport media and communication research.
Renfree, G. and Kohe, G. (2018). Running the club for love: Challenges for identity, accountability and governance relationships. European Journal for Sport and Society.The current context of State sport governance and funding structures in the United Kingdom continue to challenge national, regional and local bodies and community clubs' abilities to fulfil ambitions to support participation and competition at all levels. Notwithstanding sport clubs' laudable intentions to support involvement and encourage participation (often with limited resources, guidance and communication from National Governing Bodies (NGB)), clubs face considerable practical, political and ideological constraints that adversely affect their day-to-day operations and ability to translate sport policy in 'action' in meaningful ways. Drawing on data from 21 athletic clubs in England, this paper examines how athletic clubs' relations with the NGB, UK Athletics (UKA), raise questions about the clubs' individual and collective identities, agendas, ideals and overall value to its members.