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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Kohe, G. and Purdy, L. (2018). Analytical attractions and the techno-continuum: Conceptualising data obsessions and consequences in elite sport. Sport, Education & Society [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2018.1467398.The proliferation of sports science and technological innovation within performance settings has precipitated the generation of increasing volumes of data to aid athletes. Copious data production has also perpetuated the privileging of scientific information, and a 'thirst' for 'more data' as an unproblematic 'truth'. Of significance is not merely the use of technology for the production of data-for-data's sake, or the utility of data for a greater cause (e.g., the good of the team), but the quest for personalised data for individual athletes to be analysed, and reflected upon ad nauseam. Furthering scholarship on disciplining bodies, we argue that increased technological consumption, and the related excessive quantification of athletes' bodies via data production, adds further insecurity into performance sports work. Finally, attention is given to the cultural step-change new techno-dispositions may now present.
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.
Purdy, L., Kohe, G. and Paulauskas, R. (2017). Coaches as sport workers: professional agency within the employment context of elite European basketball. Sport, Education & Society [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2017.1323201.Increased activity of multiple stakeholders (e.g. agents and owners) have created new challenges for some coaches working in professional sports clubs. The purpose of this project was to draw attention to the normative or accepted practices inherent in sport work, some of the day-to-day realities of some coaches working in this context, and to understand how coaches' perceptions of other stakeholders come to bear on their individual circumstances, career expectations/objectives and professional agency. Data were generated from semi-structured interviews with seven professional basketball coaches who worked in top-level European clubs. The analysis reveals the coach's relationships between some owners and agents differed with respect to exercising professional agency, and, coach's decisions and actions were tied to their professional ideals as well as understandings of what they need to undertake their work effectively and negotiation and/or adjustment strategies. Occasionally coach's work practices could be viewed as antithetical to employment security, however, the presence of insecurity was at times embraced and used strategically to affect workers' career decisions. Amid contemporary regional geo-political shifts, this work aids examinations of global sport settings, structures and issues that may contour sporting professionals' lives