About the Project


Research on Olympic cities and those hosting sport mega events has tended to address national identity-making, media representation (often with respect to the narratives of city/nation promoting tourism and investment), and associated landscapes of urban regeneration/gentrification.

There has been far less academic emphasis on the informal economies that coalesce around such events, with even less of a focus on the relationship between sporting events and urban sexual landscapes. Within this project, we aim to humanize zones of sexual commerce in Rio De Janeiro through bringing forward voices, images, reflections and stories that aid us develop knowledge of the relationships between sex work, urban sanitization/regeneration and mega-events.