i-RISE News and Events

February 28, 2018: The i-RISE lab research on Olympic values is featured in UF news http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2018/02/want-to-bridge-the-gaping-political-divide-between-you-and-your-neighbor.php

January 31, 2018: A new report has been created on the impact of the news of North and South Korea meeting to send athletes to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Contact Dr. Kaplanidou at kiki@hhp.ufl.edu for the full report.

January 26, 2018: Dr. Kaplanidou conducted new research on the impact of hosting the Olympic Games on South Korea’s image and the political ramifications from the meeting between North and South Korea to jointly send athletes to the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Games.

September 2017: Dr. Kaplanidou and Dr. Chatziefstathiou received a grant from teh Olympic Studies Center at the IOC to explore the Youth Olympic Legacies from Lillehammer 2016.

April 15, 2014: Dr. Kaplanidou was invited to speak and interact with UF female athletes in a University Athletic Association (UAA) sponsored event called Stay in the Game. This was the first time the event was offered to the students. There were 100 female student athletes available and approximately 40 Gator alumni professionals to educate students about career development paths, challenges and opportunities.

January 14, 2014: The I-Rise Director along with the TRSM Department Chair Dr. Sagas and the I-Rise graduate research assistants Gerald Fritz and Ari Kim were awarded a research grant from Qatar University that will examine the longitudinal impact of the 2022 World Cup for local residents quality of life starting 8 years before the event takes place. The research partner in Qatar for this project is the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) within Qatar University. The primary aim of the research is to create a theory of change in the attitudes of the locals toward mega events and understand which factors influence resident support toward such events. The secondary aim of the research is looking at perceptions of Qatar and the middle East and the power of the mega events to influence destination image perception