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Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe

Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies (Sociology)

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

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Originally from New Zealand, Dr Geoffery Kohe joined the University of Worcester in September 2010. His research strengths traverse the socio-cultural, historical, and political aspects of the Olympic movement, national identity and public memory, moral pedagogy, politicizations of the body, sport tourism and museums, and historiography.


  • 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)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Dr Kohe’s research projects have included examinations of sport organisational politics and sports workers' welfare, critique of sport organisations' education programmes, analyses of sport museums, public apologies and digital history, interdisciplinary examinations of performing bodies, and the centennial history of the Olympic movement in New Zealand (funded by the New Zealand Olympic Committee).

His current research focuses on:

  • Critiques of Olympic education and participation legacies
  • Clauses & a/effects of athlete contracts   
  • The Football Pools and Government
  • (dis)Ability and the body
  • Sporting nationalism and digital spaces.

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Dr Kohe works alongside colleagues as part of the Sociocultural studies of Sport, Exercise & the Body Research Interest Group     

As part of his work within this group he 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), and, featured in local, regional and national BBC broadcasts on the London 2012 Olympic Games and related Olympic education and participation legacies.

Dr Kohe’s teaching interests are closely related to his research background and current projects. He primarily teaches on modules within the Sports Studies pathway. These modules include introduction to the socio-cultural aspects of sport, sociology of sport, research methods, global and Olympic sport, and, contemporary issues in sport modules. He currently supervises students at the undergraduate, Masters, and PhD levels.     

Dr Kohe is happy to supervise post-graduate students in any of his teaching and research areas, or, related topics. Please feel free to contact him for an informal discussion should you be interested in post-graduate supervision within the Sociocultural, political and historical aspects of sport, physical education and leisure.   


Available now at: Routledge

Current PhD Students: 

Director of Studies:  

Verity Postlethwaite, PhD Candidate. Project title: A quest to inspire a generation(?): An historical, policy evaluation and educational-based critique of Olympic legacies in the post London 2012 era.


Christopher Russell (PhD). Project: The roles of Leisure Centres in the lives of people living with Dementia. In collaboration with the UW Association for Dementia Studies.

Rebecca Oakley (PhD). Project: Sport, Reminiscence and Dementia. In collaboration with the UW Association for Dementia Studies.

Kerry Whitehouse (EdD). Project: Reflection of risk taking in the context of a Physical Education Teacher Training programme.

PhD & Post-Graduate Completions:  

Christopher Faulkner (PhD). Project: Basketball players’ migratory experiences and the implications for transnational labour migration

Joanne Baker (MRes). Project: An exploration for the drive for muscularity in Males

Jirí Veselý (MSc). Project: The development of a coach’s community of practice within the context of elite artistic gymnastics

Gill Renfree (MSc): Project: Rhetoric and realities of top down governance within the grass root athletic community

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Dr Kohe is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is the Review Editor for the journal Sport in Society. He is also the Director of the National Basketball Heritage Archive and Study Centre  He is a member of the International Sociology of Sport Association, the International Olympic Academy Participants Association, and an International (External) Collaborator with the Centre for Olympic Studies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Kohe also serves on the UW International Student Experience Committee and the ISES International Advisory board. He is also jointly responsible for facilitating international exchange opportunities. He also serves on the ISES Learning and Teaching Committee.  



Refereed publications:

Kohe, G.Z. (2017) Running with the ball?: Making a play for sport heritage archives in Higher Education, International Journal of Heritage Studies DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1378910

Purdy, L.G., Kohe, G.Z & Paulauskas, R. (2017) Coaches as sports workers: Professional agency within the employment context of elite European basketball, Sport, Education & Society, 1-13  

Kohe, G.Z. & Purdy, L.G. (2016) In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing”? Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 1-19, DOI: 10.1177/0193723516633269

Kohe, G.Z. (2015) Still playing together(?): A recall to Physical Education and Sport History intersections. The International Journal of the History of Sport (Special Issue), DOI:10.1080/09523367.2015.1098622

Kohe, G.Z. (2015) For the good of the game(?): The legacy of the Football Trust, the Football Pools & the dangerous seduction of political promise. The International Journal of the History of Sport, DOI:10.1080/09523367.2015.1077810

Kohe, G.Z. (2015) London 2012 (Re)calling: Youth memories and Olympic ‘legacy’ ether in the hinterland. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690215581604

Kohe, G.Z. & Bowen-Jones, W. (2015) Rhetoric and realities of London 2012 Olympic education and participation ‘legacies’: voices from the core and periphery. Sport, Education and Society. DOI:10.1080/13573322.2014.997693

Kohe, G. Z. (2014) (Dis)located Olympic patriots: sporting connections, administrative communications and imperial ether in interwar New Zealand. Sport in Society DOI:10.1080/17430437.2014.990686

Kohe, G.Z. (2014) Judging Jack: Rethinking historical agency and the sport hero. Sport History Review. 44 (2) 200-219

Hsu, L. & Kohe, G.Z. (2014) Aligning Olympic education with the Liberal Arts: A curriculum blueprint from Taiwan. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2014.882892

de Haan, Donna and Faull, Andrea and Kohe, G.Z. (2013) Celebrating the Social in Soccer: Spectators’ Experiences of the Forgotten (Blind) Football World Cup. Soccer & Society. ifirst, pp. 1-18.

Kohe, G. Z. (2013) Our Distinguished Son: The New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Reappropriation of Jack Lovelock. Journal of Olympic History, 21 (1) 28-35.

Jirásek, I., Kohe, G. Z., & Hurych, E. (2013). Reimagining athletic nudity: The Sexualization of Sport as a Sign of a ‘Porno-ization’ of Culture. Sport in Society, 16 (6) 721-734.

Kohe, G. (2012) Reflexivity in the apologetic aeon: NZOC’s return to Moscow, Museum & Society, 10 (2) 121 -140.

Kohe, G. (2012). Decorative Dashes: Disrobing the fabric of streaking. Costume: The Journal of the Costume Society, 46 (2), 197-211.

Kohe, G. & Newman, J. (2011). Body commons: Toward an interdisciplinary study of the somatic spectacular. Brolga: An Australian journal about dance, 35 (December), 65-74.

Kohe, G. (2010). The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: Civic representations of sporting and olympic history. Sport in Society, 13 (10), 1498-1515.

Kohe, G. Z. (2010) Disrupting the rhetoric of the rings: A critique of Olympic idealism in physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 15 (4) 479-494. Sport, Education and Society, 15 (4) 479-494

Kohe, G. (2010). The unexceptional: New Zealand’s very ordinary olympic history. Sport History Review, 14 (2), 146-163.

Hughson, J. & Kohe, G. (2010). Get into the ‘Groove’: Travelling Otago’s Super-region. Sport in Society, 13 (10), 1552-1566.



Kohe, G. Z. & Peters, D.M (Eds). (2016) High Performance Disability Sport Coaching. Oxon: Routledge

Kohe, G. Z.(2011). At the heart of sport: The New Zealand Olympic Committee and the History of the Olympic Movement in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand, Olympic Committee.


Book Chapters:

Mandel, J. & Kohe, G.Z. (in press, 2017) Birkenhead revisited: The early origins of basketball in Britain, in Babic, K.P. (ed) Basketball in Europe, Bratislava: FIEP Europe

Kohe, G.Z & Chatziefstathiou, D. (2017) ‘Olympic education in the United Kingdom: Rethinking London 2012, Learning ‘Legacies’ and their Pedagogical potential’, in Naul, R., Binder, D., Rychtecky, A.& Culpan, I. (eds.) Olympic Education: An International Review (3rd Ed). Oxon: Routledge

Kohe, G. (2016) Saving the people’s game: The Football Trust as a mechanism of industry change. In, Hughson, J., Maguire, J., Moore, K., and Spaaij, M. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Football Studies. Oxon: Routledge, 50-62

Kohe, G. Z. (2013) @ Organizational Web sites, e-spaces, and sport history. In: Osmond, G. & Phillips, M. (eds.) Sport History in the Digital Era. Illinois, University of Illinois Press.

Kohe, G. Z. (2013) Stimulating a Sociological Imagination in Olympic Learning Legacies: A Critique of a London 2012 Initiatives. In: Chatziefstathiou, D. & Müller, N. (eds.) Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Conference Proceedings:

Kohe, G. (2009). Promoting Olympic Values: Lesson’s from the Bird’s Nest. Official Conference Proceedings, 13th Olympic Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 – 9 October. Lausanne, Switzerland, International Olympic Committee.

Kohe, G. (2009). ‘What’s Olympism?, I’m only here to compete’: Forging better relations between athletes, National Olympic Committees and Academies. Official Conference Proceedings, 13th Olympic Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 – 9 October. Lausanne, Switzerland, International Olympic Committee.

Kohe, G. (2008). Exciting youth about olympic history: Stuffy museums or engaging spaces. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Educators and Official of Higher Institutes of Physical Education, International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece. 10-17 July 2008. Athens, Greece, International Olympic Academy.