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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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.The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (London 2012) inspire a generation legacy aim targeted young people in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. This article explores how the London 2012 education-based legacy programmes aimed at young people, such as the Get Set initiative, affected relations between stakeholders connected to the Games. Utilising a stakeholder relations theoretical perspective we analysed documentary-based dialogue from a UK parliament Education Committee inquiry through a critical discourse analysis. From the analysis two discourses emerged. Firstly, around clarity of the purpose of the London 2012 educational programmes. Secondly, varying stakeholders' understanding during the inquiry of the inspire a generation legacy aim was articulated around the notion of a "missed opportunity," in particular, when translated into the domestic policy context around education and sport. The findings encourage stakeholders to reflect on potential fragmented accountability between sport mega event and domestic sectors; and achieving greater clarity to the purpose of legacy-based educational programme within a broader policy context.
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.As researchers interested in social aspects of sport, we enmesh ourselves in the work of memory, (re)membering and forms of 'capturing' sport and sport experiences. While nostalgia is at play in these social constructions of sport, for researchers we contend that the concept of nostalgia can prove devious. In this paper, we illustrate the social significance afforded to nostalgic experiences or events, and consider their representation in social sciences sport research. We develop and apply arguments concerning the senses, nostalgia, and language in line with the 'abilities' view of concepts. The consequences of nostalgia can, we contend, be underplayed, taken for granted and/or ignored by sport researchers in ways that curtail more critical readings of sport phenomena. Our purpose is to interrogate the construction and a/effects of nostalgia as hidden/implicit/latent and heuristic. We advocate methodological critique that addresses the elusive, apparent, 'capturable' and confusing nature of nostalgia within sport 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.