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Research Interests

 

My research interests circumnavigate the environmental sociological imagination and focus on issues of environmental social contestation and prospects for environmental sustainability.  My latest exploration has been centred on a critical evaluation of the proclaimed improvements in the environmental capacity of Olympic Games host nations.  My most recent book, The Olympic Games and the Environment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), employs key insights from sociological theorisation, reflexive modernisation, towards identifying indicators capable to assess the environmental legacy imbued by four successive Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012).

 

My previous work on sport mega-events, Olympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies. Globalization, Environment, Resistance (with Graeme Hayes, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), explored sports mega-events; their social, political and cultural characters; the value systems that they inscribe and draw on; the claims they make on us and the claims the organizers make for them, the spatial and ethical relationships they create; and the responses of civil societies to them.

 

I have also published papers on contentious politics in Southern Europe and have been working on capacity for environmental sustainability under austerity as well as protest mobilisations against hosting the Olympic Games.

 

I am interested in supervising theses in the fields of protest politics, mega-events, environmental sustainability and harm.

 

Other

 

Research Awards

 May 2017 - £750.00 CDRG support fund for research dissemination in Brazil.

January 2015 – Full cost funding to attend and participate in the Researchers Links Workshop, Sport and Social Transformation in Brazil’, supported the Newton Fund, the British Council and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo - FAPESP (2004/50504-8), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 10-13 March 2015.

 

April 2014 - £1,000 Research Initiatives Fund – Santander initiative ‘staff mobility’ – Brazil research visit.

 

May 2013 - £1,000 to participate in the QUB Delegation Brazil Visit - 16-24 May 2013

 

November 2010 - £2,000 ISW Inter disciplinary Sandpit on Governance and Sustainability.

 

June 2008 - £1,200 Internationalisation fund by SSSPSW in support of co-organizing a two-day workshop at Queen Mary, University of London – Sport Mega-Events and Civil Societies

 

1 November 2006 - £3,000 Academic Activism: Practicing Praxis in H.E. Curriculums: University of Birmingham [R979

Public Engagement

Interview to an Associated Press sports journalist on the environmental credentials of Beijing and capacity to host track and field events with high levels of environmental pollution.

Some of the media sources that used my commentary:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/20/beijing-pollution-awaits-runners-worlds-just-08.html

http://americasportnews.com/beijing-air-pollution-awaits-runners-at-worlds-identical-to-08/

http://lightlana.ru/search/web/Smog%20in%20Beijing%202013/p

 

 

Interview for the programme, ‘Change of Times’ on Euradionantes: http://www.euradionantes.eu/index.php?page=detailPodcast&id_podcast=7861&id_programme=93

 

The interview examined how the handling of the Greek situation has influenced the way in which the Greek population views the EU and the idea of European solidarity.

 

Other Activities

 

External examiner, Physical Education and Sport Studies, Newman University Birmingham (2014-2018.

 

Teaching

Global Risk Society: Power and Participation (Level 3 option)

Green Criminology (Level 2 option) (2007-2018)

Environmental Crimes and Justice (Level 2 option)

Social Science Research Online (Postgraduate)

MRes Dissertation (Postgraduate)

 

I also contribute to the following:

 

Introducing Criminology (Level 1)

 

Understanding Society (Level 1)

Digital Society (Level 1)

 

 

Criminology Research Project and Dissertation (Level 3)

 

Sociology Research Project and Dissertation (Level 3)

 

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision 

 

Cathriona Kearns, Environmental impact of pesticides and herbicides (as used on golf courses)

 

Karla Mason Bound to the Back of a Tiger: Critical Explorations of the Human-Animal Frontier (2009-2012).

Patrick McCann, Mega-Events and Urban Politics: Governing Rio 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Peer-reviews for the following journals and publishers:

 Irish Journal of Sociology

South European Society & Politics

Social Movement Studies

Globalizations

Journalism

Mobilization

Local Environment

Journal of Common Market Studies

Environmental Politics

Environment and Planning A

Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

European Journal of Political Research

The Sociological Quarterly

Global Networks

Cogent Social Sciences

 

Ashgate Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing

Manchester University Press

Routledge

 

I have also reviewed research grant applications for the Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the ESRC.

 

Indicators of Esteem

Invitation to participate in the accreditation panel of the undergraduate Sociology programme of the University of the Aegean (Greece), 17/03/2019-23/03/2019.

 

Invitation as a speaker by the Munich-based Southeast Europe Association (SOG) Civic Education (Tutzing) on the following topic: Issue framing and agenda setting in the field of environmental policy in Greece – 1-5/10/2018.

 

Invitation to give a lecture on ‘The Olympic Games and the Environment’ in the session, ‘Olympism as an effective tool for development and sustainability’/’Olympic Values based learning as an effective tool for environmental protection’ at the 56th International Session for Young Participants, International Olympic Academy Ancient Olympia (Greece), 14-21 June 2016.

Invitation to give a lecture on Ecological Modernisation in the workshop ‘Political Ecology Lexicon Concepts in the Politicas and Political Economy of Ecology’, Queen’s University of Belfast, 22 January 2016.

Invitation to participate in the workshop ‘More than just a game: Mobilities, infrastructures & imaginaries of global sports events’, University of Antwerp (Belgium), 8-9 October 2015

Plenary speaker at the 7th Pan-Hellenic Conference on Environmental Policy & Administration: ‘Environmental Concern and Environmental Behaviour’, University of the Aegean, 30/05-01/06/2014.

 

Invited presentation: Sport mega-events hosting and capacity for environmental sustainability: Past experience and Brazilian prospects, LAPS-USP, Sao Paulo, 20/05/2013

 

Invited presentation: Conflict over location of waste disposal facilities, CIWM members annual meeting, QUB, 21/01/2013.

 

Invited presentation at the conference Political Consequences of Economic Crisis: Voting and Protesting in Europe since 2008, Department of Government and BMW Center for German & European Studies, Georgetown University, 17-18/04/2012.

 

Invited presentation: Civil protest and mobilizations against the politics of austerity in Greece: Betty Sinclair Winter School, Trademark-ICTU, Lusty beg Island, Fermanagh, 26/11/2011.

 

 

 

Leadership roles

 

2014-2016 - Programme Director BA Sociology

 

 

 

Recent and current administrative roles

 Peer mentor coordinator 2017- ongoing

2013-2014/2015-2016 – Staff rep on Senior Management Board

 

September to December 2014 – Leader of Identities, Life Cycle and Cultural Research Cluster

 

October 2013-2016 – Careers Liaison Adviser

 

September 2013 ongoing – Member of the Central Students Appeals Committee (CSAC)

 

September 2012 ongoing – Member of the University Ethics Committee

 

September 2011 – September 2014 - School Green/environmental champion

 

15 September 2011-September 2014 – Disability and Equality Officer

 

2008-1009 – All School Advisor of Studies

 

2007-2013 – Sociology Moderator of Access to Higher Education Programmes

 

 

 

Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New and Alternative Social Movements in Spain.  The Left, Identity and Globalizing Processes

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138791848/

(2014) This collection offers a diachronic analytical study of new and alternative social movements in Spain from the democratic transition to the first decade of the 21st century, paying attention to anti-war mobilizations and the use of new technologies as a mobilizing resource. New and alternative social movements are studied through the prism of identified linkages among the left, movement identities and global processes in the Spanish context. Weight is given to certain important historical aspects, like Spain’s relatively recent authoritarian past, and certain value-added factors, such as the weak associationalism and materialism exhibited by the Spanish public. These are complemented by exploring insights offered by key theoretical approaches on social movements (political opportunities structures, resource mobilization). The volume covers established social movement cases (gender, peace, environmental movements) as well as those with a more explicit connection to the current context of global contestation (squatters’ and anti-globalization movements).

The Olympic Games and the Environment.

 http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-olympic-games-and-the-environment-john-karamichas/?K=9780230228610

(2013) Nowadays, sports Mega-events - with the Olympic Games leading the way – go to immense effort to showcase their environmental credentials. With that in mind, this book compares and contrasts the environmental credentials of four Olympic Host cities starting with Sydney 2000, the host of the first Green Summer Olympics, and culminating with London 2012. Setting out a comparative cross-national study that makes extensive use of perspectives offered by environmental sociology, this book showcases the scientific analytical vigour of this sociological sub-discipline. Since in most cases, the linkages between hosting the Games and the environment that are made by the general public and policy-makers are mostly in relation to the regeneration of the host city, this book engages with this type of environmental related contributions that can be made by Olympic Games hosting. Yet, inspired by the emphasis that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives on the environmental impact and legacy of Games in terms of the Ecological Modernization (EM) perspective, the book engages with the potential imbued by Olympic Games hosting for the EM of the host nation.

 Olympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies. Globalization, Environment, Resistance.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2011/12 (with Graeme Hayes)

 http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/olympic-games-megaevents-and-civil-societies-graeme-hayes/?K=9780230244177

(2011/12) This volume explores sports mega-events, their social, political, and cultural characters, the value systems that they inscribe and draw on, the claims they make on us and the claims the organisers make for them, the spatial and ethical relationships they create, and the responses of civil societies to them. Our premise is that sports mega-events are not simply sporting or cultural phenomena. They are also political and economic events, characterised by the generation and projection of symbolic meanings – most obviously over the nature of statehood, economic power, and of collective cultural identity – and by social conflict, especially over land use, and over the extent and contours of public spending commitments. Because of their peculiar spatial and temporal organization, they raise questions about the relationships between global cultural and economic flows and particular local and national spaces. Because of their evolutionary characteristics, they ask us to consider not simply the time of the event but of the effects of the event on the long-term direction, implementation, and consequences of public policy.

 

 http://kritiki.gr/product/perivallontiki-kinoniologia/

Environmental Sociology (2008 with Iosif Botetzagias)

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Research Output 2002 2019

From the IOC Sport and Environment Commission to Sustainability and Legacy Commission: Discussing the prospects for the Environmental Sustainability (ES) legacy of Olympic Games host nations under Agenda2020

Karamichas, J., 12 Sep 2019, Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability. Millington, R. & Darnell, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 79-93 24 p. (Routledge Studies in Sport Development).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Olympic Games
Sports
sustainability
commitment
event
coal
environmental policy
Greece
memorandum
gold
Pole
Greece
Macedonia
ratification
neighboring countries

When the Green Wave hits a breakwater: Contemplating Green fortunes in the snap national elections of 7th July 2019 in Greece,

Karamichas, J., 15 Jul 2019, GPSG 2019 Election Pamphlet: On the 7 July 2019 elections in Greece. Manoli, P. (ed.). Vol. GPSG Pamphlet No 6.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Problematising the use of education to address social inequity: could Participatory Action Research be a step forwards?

Giannakaki, M-S., McMillan, I. D. & Karamichas, J., Apr 2018, In : British Educational Research Journal. 44, 2, p. 191-211

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

action research
education
student
social opportunity
social reform

Prizes

Carbon reduction

John Karamichas (Recipient), 20 Sep 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Bronze
Carbon

Carbon reduction

John Karamichas (Recipient), 20 Sep 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Green Impact

John Karamichas (Recipient), 20 Sep 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MRes student wins Science Shop award

John Karamichas (Recipient), 23 Jan 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

science
school
student

Activities 2005 2019

Climate breakdown, protest and protecting human rights’

John Karamichas (Advisor)
02 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

European Consortium for Political Research

John Karamichas (Organiser), Georgios Karyotis (Organiser)
04 Sep 201907 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

John Karamichas (Peer reviewer)
04 Sep 201928 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (External organisation)

John Karamichas (Advisor)
17 Mar 201923 Mar 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Environment and Planning A (Journal)

John Karamichas (Peer reviewer)
10 Jul 201814 Aug 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity