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Christopher Gaffney will join the Space & Organization group at the University of Zurich’s Department of Geography in 2015. He will be working on a four-year project, which compares the planning and impacts of mega-events in Russia and Brazil. The research will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup are governed across space.

Gaffney is finishing a four-year position as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. His work on the social and spatial effects of the 2014 World Cup has been featured in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Suddeutche Zeitung, and other major international media.