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)

Research Interests

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.

Research interests:

  • 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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  • Postlethwaite, V., Kohe, G. and Molnar, G. (2019). Inspiring a generation: an examination of stakeholder relations in the context of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics educational programmes. Managing Sport & Leisure [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2019.1591296.


  • Kohe, G., Purdy, L. and Hughes, C. (2019). Playing Nostalgic Language Games in Sport Research: Conceptual Considerations and Methodological Musings. Quest [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2019.1578246.
  • Renfree, G. and Kohe, G. (2018). Running the club for love: Challenges for identity, accountability and governance relationships. European Journal for Sport and Society.
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