28 June 2012


After the great performance during the 18th APDR Congress, our second conference paper is already online - http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2012/pdf/SESSION_C1.pdf




Full papers

18 June 2012

The Asset - Magazine-Denmark launches world’s first nation branding smart phone app

The Asset - Magazine-Denmark launches world’s first nation branding smart phone app

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Denmark launches world’s first nation branding smart phone app

14 Jun 2012
Denmark has launched a new journalistic shortcut to Denmark: Denmark – stay tuned. It is the first country in the world to develop a nation branding smart phone application targeted at international media and journalists.
The app is free of charge and provides ready-to-use editorial texts, images and videos from Denmark in areas like green growth, new Nordic cuisine, Danes as the happiest people in the world, the Danish presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2012, classic and contemporary design, world class Danish architecture and how Danes think out of the box.
The app gives you a rundown of national quirks and the oddest things quintessentially Danish. Finally it provides you with local contacts for easy access to additional information and interviews.
In this first phase the app is developed for iPhone. Within 6-8 weeks it will available for Android as well.
Denmark’s Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr states:  “I am proud to present the world’s first nation branding smartphone application targeted specifically at international media. With the app Denmark gives journalists worldwide a short cut to Denmark by freely offering ready to use editorial texts, videos and pictures. The app presents the best of Denmark. I hope the app will inspire journalists around the world to explore Denmark!” 

13 June 2012

Branding Place Headlines


Lively Cities, a European project to reclaim public space for public use

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Lively Cities’ aim is to turn misused, underused or unused public spaces into new destinations where people choose to spend their spare time. How? By using new concepts in Europe: place making and place management. The project is supported by a bottom-up approach, where communities are questioned about their expectations and requests on defined spaces in order to propose solutions to decisions makers.
Place Mansart
Place Mansart in La Louvière, Belgium, one of the 8 partners of the project. Each partner identified in their own city one or more misused, underused unused public spaces. Because these public spaces have not been designed for people, they aren’t used by people.

We do like to see our name on the schedule

11 June 2012

Groningen - often called the world's number one cycling city

Mayor urged by cyclists to look to the Netherlands

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been urged to look to the Netherlands for ways to improve cycling in London.
In Groningen - often called the world's number one cycling city - cars and bikes are separated wherever possible and where they do meet, cyclists often have the right of way.
There are also special traffic lights for cyclists.
Jacques Wallage, the former mayor of Groningen, and former racing driver Sir Stirling Moss give their views on whether such initiatives could work in London.

8 June 2012

Survey International Students - RUG

Survey International Students - University of Groningen
We would like to ask your collaboration in filling this questionnaire, under the Ph.D. course of Tourism, Leisure and Culture from the
Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

The aim is to determine the factors which influence the flow of international students (not only Erasmus) to RUG and compare with University of Coimbra and the two cities. We guarantee the anonymity and confidentiality of your answers.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Liliana Moreira


We will take the stage next thursday

6 June 2012

Building a true green economy

Building a true green economy

Author(s): Sunita Narain
Date: Jun 5, 2012
The world has to reinvent growth as it is costing it the Earth
June 5, the World Environment Day, is meant to celebrate the idea of the environment and put it into practice. It is a day to take stock of where we stand and where we should be headed in future.
The theme for Environment Day 2012 is green economy. Unfortunately, “green economy”, which is fast replacing “sustainable development”, means different things to different people. Put on a little green colour and hope that the delusion of a lasting solution to the problems of the world is maintained. In this approach there is a belief that the current market-based, capitalist-enterprise system will find answers as we go along. That the answers will lie in doing more of what is being done today—growth, based on consumption, which will stimulate technology innovation for the future green economy.
But this misses the point that the world is creaking under its own weight. It faces new challenges, all of which are potentially devastating and inter-related. On the one hand, is the nightmare of financial meltdown, which in spite of public investments and increasingly stringent financial regulations, is not going away. On the other hand, each year, with seemingly increased intensity and ferocity, different regions of the globe are lashed by natural disasters and freak and extreme weather conditions. It is clear that these extreme weather events are devastating large parts of the world and are combining to make the poor even more poor and vulnerable. It is difficult to say if each event can be directly attributed to climate change. But it is easy to conclude that something is afoot in the world, and that, maybe, this is the beginning of the impacts of climate change, which science has so surely predicted will occur exactly in this manner.
The challenge of green economy is that the world has to reinvent the growth paradigm because it is costing it growth itself. Indeed, it is costing it the Earth.
Public debt crisis and nature's debt crisis

4 June 2012

We do agree that bicycle is for everything

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics in Seattle on November 8, 2011. (Anthony Bolante/Reuters)

Quality Tourism Business Club 2012

1 June 2012

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) | Greening the Blue

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) | Greening the Blue


HQ: Bonn, Germany
Number of staff: 500*
Number of locations: 2
* As of 2010, in addition travel of staff, travel of all participants funded from UNFCCC resources has been included in the inventory.

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...