Christopher Gaffney

Christopher Gaffney is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Tisch Center for Hospitality in the School of Professional Studies at New York University where he directs the Global Overtourism Index. A USA-born geographer, Gaffney researches at the intersection of urban studies, the tourism industrial complex, and sports mega-events. Gaffney´s monograph, Temples of the Earthbound Gods (University of Texas Press, 2008) explored the interdigitation of urban development and sporting cultures in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Gaffney served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Latin American Geography from 2014-2018, guiding the journal´s award-winning transformation. Gaffney has appeared in a slew of documentary films and is often quoted in the world´s leading newspapers and magazines. Gaffney ran an influential blog, Hunting White Elephants, and has written extensively on the impacts and realpolitik of sports mega-events across numerous formats.