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Police use of Twitter during a sporting mega-event (2023)
Journal Article
Aitken, A., Ralph, L., & Robinson, P. (2023). Police use of Twitter during a sporting mega-event. Policing, 17, https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paad016

There exists a range of sporting mega-event security case studies from respective Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, FIFA World Cup, and UEFA European Football Championships. This literature tends to focus on outlining the policing and physical secur... Read More about Police use of Twitter during a sporting mega-event.

Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event (2021)
Journal Article
Aitken, A. (2021). Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event. Security Journal, 37, 985-1005. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-021-00309-y

The pluralisation of policing has caused much debate in criminology. Yet very few studies examine how the public perceive private security. This article addresses this gap by drawing on empirical qualitative data from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in G... Read More about Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event.

Sporting mega-event security in hyperreality and its consequences for democratic security governance (2021)
Journal Article
Aitken, A. (2021). Sporting mega-event security in hyperreality and its consequences for democratic security governance. Democracy and Security, 17(3), 233-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/17419166.2021.1891529

Within the sporting mega-events literature three key developments exist: 1. Security is performative and symbolic; 2. Security reactivates state authority and legitimacy in developing security responses; 3. Security measures have discernible security... Read More about Sporting mega-event security in hyperreality and its consequences for democratic security governance.

Seeking invention: creating an informed citizenry in the governance of security at sporting mega-events (2020)
Journal Article
Aitken, A. (2020). Seeking invention: creating an informed citizenry in the governance of security at sporting mega-events. Policing and Society, 31(3), 354-368. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2020.1741586

There exists a small cottage industry of case studies of mega-sporting event security at respective Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or FIFA World Cups. This literature provides detailed accounts of the different security governance networks and met... Read More about Seeking invention: creating an informed citizenry in the governance of security at sporting mega-events.