About me

Maggie Gold
Maggie Gold

Maggie Gold

Maggie Gold teaches on the Tourism and Travel Management BA (Hons). Her background is in teaching and research. She has published widely on cultural tourism and cultural events, including:

  • festivals and mega events
  • heritage and heritage interpretation
  • culture-based urban regeneration

Her books include:

  • Imagining Scotland (1995)
  • Cities of Culture (2005)
  • Olympic Cities (2007, 2011 and 2016)
  • Making of Olympic Cities (2012)



Maggie Gold teaches in the area of cultural tourism. Her recent research examines the way in which Olympic host cities have attempted to use the staging of the Olympics, Paralympics and Cultural Olympiads to tackle their urban problems and achieve a lasting and sustainable legacy. The third edition of Olympic Cities was published in July 2016 and evaluates the London Games, provides coverage of the preparations for Rio 2016 and the successful Tokyo bid for the 2020 Games. Currently Maggie is working on a new book Festival Cities.


  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (eds) (2016) Olympic cities: City Agendas, Planning and the World’s Games, 1896-2020 London: Routledge 3rd edition
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (eds) (2012) The making of Olympic cities, Routledge Major Works series, London: Routledge
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (2005) Cities of Culture - staging international festivals and the urban agenda 1851-2000 Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (1995) Imagining Scotland: tradition, representation and promotion in Scottish tourism since 1750, Aldershot: Scolar Press

Book chapters and articles since 2013

  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (2013) ‘Global competition, local agendas: Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro and the unending Olympic cycle’ in V. Girginov, ed. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, vol. 1, ‘Bidding, Delivering and Engaging with the Olympics’,  London, Routledge  291-303
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (2013) ‘Commerce, creativity and urban cultural festivals: interrogating the changing experience of carnival’, in C. Bellet, J. Ganau and J.M. Llop, eds. Ciutats I Creativats, Lleida: Editorial Milenio
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (2013) ‘”Bring it under the legacy umbrella”: Olympic host cities and the changing fortunes of the sustainability agenda’, Sustainability 5 (8) 3526-3542
  • Gold, J.R. and Gold, M.M. (2014) Legacy, sustainability and the pillars of Olympism: crafting urban outcomes at London 2012.  Revue STAPS (Revue international des sciences du sport et de l’education physique) 105 (3) 23-35
  • Gold M.M. (2015) Windows on the eternal: spirituality, heritage and interpretation in faith museums, invited contribution to S. Brunn (ed) The changing world religion map, Munich: Springer
  • Gold J.R. and Gold M.M (2015) ‘Legacy and environmental sustainability: the case of London 2012’, in R. Holt and D. Ruta, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy: Meeting the Challenge of Major Sports Events, London: Routledge
  • Gold J.R. and Gold M.M (2017) Olympic futures and urban imaginings: from Albertopolis to Olympicopolis, in J Hannigan and G Richards (eds) The handbook of new urban studies, London: Sage (in press)
  • Gold J.R. and Gold M.M (2017) Beyond the event: World’s Fairs, the Olympic Games and spaces of urban transformation, in C Hein (ed) Handbook on planning history, London: Routledge (in press)   

Maggie Gold 
Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries