30 January 2013

Regional Integration: Europe, the Mediterranean and the World Economy

Palermo 2013
Regional Integration: Europe, the Mediterranean
and the World Economy

Palermo, Italy, 27-31 August 2013 

Dear ERSA Members,
Dear Colleagues,
We're excited to announce the launch of the CALL for abstracts / papers, to the ERSA Congress 2013 in Palermo.
The Local Organising Committee and the Italian Section of the European Regional Science Association is looking forward to welcoming you in Palermo. 

The University of Palermo invites you to the ERSA Congress in 2013 
The University of Palermo invites you to the ERSA Congress in 2013



The Rector of the University of Palermo, Professor Roberto Lagallaand the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Professor Fabio Mazzola are happy to announce a very attractive Congress programme with an appealing list of General themes and Special Sessions' topics to attract top level academics / policy makers and other persons from around the world, to an enriching network of experience and knowledge. 

Submit a paper to the Young Scientists sessions at the ERSA Congress 2013

Are you an ambitious young scientist, under 33 years old that wants a good platform to present ideas and results and looks forward to receive comments from the best scholars in Regional Science?
Then you should submit your paper to the ERSA Epainos sessions!

The Urban Economics Association will once again organise its Special Sessions at the ERSA Congress.

As you know the EIB-ERSA Prize in Regional Science has been created to recognise outstanding contributions of scholar to the advancement of science at the European level. The EIB Institute has increased its contribution for this prize, to 10,000 Euros for the winner, at this years' Congress.

Further news to follow on Keynote Speakers, Roundtables and other activities in the next 15 days.


The abstracts/papers (for R-Sessions, Young Scientist Sessions, Special Sessions and O-Sessions) are due by 1st of March 2013.   

The Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and the papers all together at the same time.
For more details on the guidelines for the different types ofSubmissions, please click HERE     

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28 January 2013

Journal of Vacation Marketing Online Table of Contents Alert

Isabelle Frochot and John Swarbrooke
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 3

Alive and kicking: Evaluating the overseas package holiday experience of grey consumers in the United Kingdom
Bridget Major and Fraser McLeay
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 5-18

Toward an identification of elements contributing to satisfaction with the tourism experience
Cécile Maunier and Christéle Camelis
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 19-39

Determining factors of mountain destination innovativeness
Kir Kuscer
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 41-54

Internet versus travel agencies: The perception of different groups of Italian online buyers
Giacomo Del Chiappa
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 55-66

Communicating persuasive messages through slow food festivals
Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 67-74

Experiential aspects of tourism gift consumption
Jackie Clarke
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 75-87

25 January 2013

19th APDR Congress

19th APDR Congress
University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), 20-22 June 2013

It is our pleasure to announce the 19th APDR Congress, to be held at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, from June 20th to June 22nd2013. A joint initiative with the Innovaflow Conference.

Theme of the Congress:


Place-based policies aim at solving persistent under-use of resources and reduce enduring social exclusion in specific places. This is achieved through external interventions and multi-level governance devoted to promote the supply of integrated goods and services tailored to specific regional contexts and to stimulate institutional changes (Barca, 2009). How to design and assess these policies? How to integrate sustainable development strategies when most policies are sectoral and problematic places do not have adequate institutions? How to promote institutional capital at the local and regional levels? How to move beyond the established administrative boundaries toward functional places? How to learn from the failures of former regional policies that promoted regions in crisis? During the congress, participants and reputed specialists will try to answer some of these questions.

This year's congress will count on a group of Special Sessions organized by several members of the Scientific Committee of the Congress on specific themes of regional science. The papers presented in these Special Sessions result from invitations addressed by the organizers and are not therefore open to submissions.

Special Sessions
·         SS1 - Tourism and Regional Development José Cadima Ribeiro (U Minho) 
·         SS2 - Public Finances and Regional Development José Costa (U Porto) 
·         SS3 - The Regional Development Policies in Portugal in the Framework of Cohesion Policy Rui Nuno Baleiras (U Minho) 
·         SS4 - Models of Regional Analysis - Input-Output Applications Ana Lúcia Sargento (IP Leiria) 
·         SS5 - Governance and Regional Development Adriano Pimpão (U Algrave) 
·         SS6 - Major Events and Regional DevelopmentPaula Cristina Remoaldo (U Minho) 
·         SS7 - Urban World in 2050 Eduardo Anselmo Castro (U Aveiro) 
·         SS8 - Territorial Cohesion in the EURegina Salvador (U Nova) 
·         SS9 - Regional Innovation Systems and Regional Development Mário Rui Silva (U Porto)
·         SS10 - Air Transport and Regional Development Jorge Silva (U Beira Interior)
·         SS11 - Social Spaces: A New Literature of Regional EconomyPaulo Mourão (U Minho)
·         SS12 - The Financing of Transport Infrastructure and its Framework in Regional Development Rosário Macário (IST-UTL)
·         SS13 - Education, Labour Market and Regional Development João Carlos Cerejeira (U Minho)
·         SS14 - Markets of Housing and Urban Development João Marques (U Aveiro)
·         SS15 - Agricultural Policies: How to Integrate Sectoral and Territorial Objectives Lívia Madureira (UTAD)
·         SS16 - Located Food Systems: New Dynamics and Challenges Artur Cristovão (UTAD)
·         SS17 - Networks and Regional DevelopmentAnabela Ribeiro (U Coimbra)
·         SS18 - Public Policies and Regional DevelopmentPaulo Neto (U Évora)
·         SS19 - Entrepreneurship and Regional DevelopmentLuísa Carvalho (IP Setúbal) & Pedro Dominguinhos (IP  Setúbal)
·         SS20 - Renaissance of Southern European RegionsMaria Conceição Rego (U Évora)

The call for papers is open and your participation is very welcome. 

Themes of specific interest are:
·         Bartolomeu Award
·         Urban and Regional Economics
·         Regional and Local Development Policies
·         Financing of Economic Growth
·         Spatial Dimensions of the Crisis of the State
·         Regional and Local Public Finance
·         Sectoral Policies and Regional Dynamics
·         Infrastructure and Regional Development
·         Labour Markets and Development
·         Tourism and Sustainable Development
·         Innovation and Territory
·         Rural Development and Agrarian Economy
·         Modelling in Regional Economy
·         Spatial Econometrics
·         Regional and Urban Planning
·         Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
·         Innovation Networks in Portugal: Flow Intensity, Knowledge Spillovers and Firm Performances (Innovaflow Conference

Deadline for submissions: April 1st, 2013. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website:

Notification of acceptance: until April 17th, 2013.

Looking forward to meeting you in Braga!

Francisco Carballo-Cruz
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
19th APDR Congress

24 January 2013

Regional Development Concepts and their inherent contradictions

Regional Development Concepts and their inherent contradictions

by Ares

A landscape of wind turbines in the Niederlausitz. In the background, the chimneys of Jänschwalde powerplant
A landscape of wind turbines in the Niederlausitz. In the background, the chimneys of Jänschwalde powerplant
by Ares Kalandides
Every planning process has its own particular logic, which depends both on the culture it is embedded in and the particularities of the project. Today, I would like to reflect upon a process I have been involved in for the past 15 months or so, which is now coming to a close: a Regional Development Concept (REK) for a part of the Niederlausitz area in northeast Germany. An  interdisciplinary team of almost ten people worked in identifying new development potentials for an area with serious structural issues. After analyzing  several aspects of the region, demography, economy, culture, environment,  the group proposed a strategic development plan to foster growth potentials that included economic, touristic and leisure-oriented activities*.
My aim here is not to give a detailed acount of this work, but to point out several issues that turned out to be serious challenges in the process, hoping that I can share my concerns with others:

22 January 2013

Portugal tem a 21ª melhor marca turística do mundo | Publituris

Portugal tem a 21ª melhor marca turística do mundo | Publituris

Planning Theory Online Table of Contents Alert

Planning Theory Online Table of Contents Alert
A new issue of Planning Theory is available online:
February 2013; Vol. 12, No. 1 
The below Table of Contents is available online at: http://plt.sagepub.com/content/vol12/issue1/?etoc

Michael Gunder
Planning Theory 2013;12 3-4

On the theory and practice of critical pragmatism: Deliberative practice and creative negotiations
John Forester
Planning Theory 2013;12 5-22

Using Actor–Network Theory to understand planning practice: Exploring relationships between actants in regulating low-carbon commercial development
Yvonne Rydin
Planning Theory 2013;12 23-45

Reframing strategic spatial planning by using a coproduction perspective
Louis Albrechts
Planning Theory 2013;12 46-63

Being and becoming: Writing children into planning theory
Judy Gillespie
Planning Theory 2013;12 64-80

Planning and the ‘stubborn realities’ of global south-east cities: Some emerging ideas
Vanessa Watson
Planning Theory 2013;12 81-100

Book review symposium
Insurgencies: Essays in planning theory
Angelique Chettiparamb, Judith E. Innes, ER Alexander, Charles Hoch, Kang Cao, and Richard D Margerum
Planning Theory 2013;12 101-112

Tshirt — If You Care Enough, You Can Change The World. Come Help Us! #StopChildAbuse

Tshirt — If You Care Enough, You Can Change The World. Come Help Us! #StopChildAbuse

14 January 2013

Guimarães after the European Culture Capital

Official publication

Editor, Ares Kalandides

Guimarães after the European Culture Capital

by Eduardo Oliveira
The curtain has now closed on Guimarães 2012: European Capital of Culture, but what is the effect of the legacy left behind? Has the event strengthened the region position? What contributions have been made towards a potential place branding strategy for the north of Portugal?
Last May 2012 I discussed my thoughts on  the European Capital of Culture – Guimarães 2012, where I tried to define the event’s role in a potential place branding strategy (link) for the north of Portugal. One year has now passed since the start of the event, and many of the same questions still remain unanswered.
Once again, I want to emphasise that the nomination of the Portuguese city of Guimarães as one of the two European Capitals of Culture for the year 2012 (ECC-2012) created an enormous excitement among the national authorities. This buzz was felt especially strongly among the public and private city entities. Now, after the title has been handed over to Marseille-Provence (France) and Košice (Slovakia), we can pose the following questions:  What is the legacy for the city? Has the region strengthened its position at the national and European level? What were the contributions towards a potential regional brand?
European Capital of Culture: The event in flashback
In 2012, the Portuguese city of Guimarães and the Slovenian city of Maribor shared the title of the European Union event – European Capital of Culture. Guimarães, located in northern Portugal, is well known for its cultural heritage dating back to the founding of Portugal as a country.
The Fundação Cidade de Guimarães (Guimarães City Foundation), is still the institution in charge of organising and promoting Guimarães as the European Capital of Culture.
One year after a diversified set of cultural activities that took place around the cultural infrastructures of the city, plus some urban regeneration projects, the weekend between the 21st and 22nd of December 2012 was the date chosen for the closing session and title handover of the European Capital of Culture. The closing initiative was called “We are part of it. 48 hours of Guimarães 2012”. A full programme of activities occupied the city, bringing music, performances and urban interventions to public and private spaces.
I was there to experience the atmosphere in the city during the occasion. The closing session was widely covered on social media channels. Thousands of people descended upon the streets and filled the squares around the UNESCO city centre. The weather was excellent for a December evening and the Christmas lights gave the historical centre a very pleasant atmosphere.
The Catalan theatrical group founded in 1979 in Barcelona, La Fura dels Baus, gave the closing performance at one of the main squares – Toural Square, in a live televised broadcast of the initiative.
Residents enjoyed lights, colours, and music, creating a festival atmosphere in the city during those two days. The sheer amount and diversity of people taking part in the activities showed the most striking projects of Guimarães 2012. One particularly interesting activity, “My City is your Home”, had national artists and musicians playing at private homes around the city with the main goal of establishing ties between the city, the event and the citizens.
Nevertheless, was the ECC-2012 a European level event in a consistent way or was it purely a local event with the EU logo? And what was the impact on the region? I have raised some questions  to reinforce and develop my own thoughts about the links between the event, and a potential place branding strategy for the north of Portugal.
European Capital of Culture – Guimarães 2012, a critical perspective
Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture was mentioned as a national project supported by the European Union expected to be an instrument of cultural affirmation and position the country in the European scene.
The event attracted a considerable number of visitors to the city, and many residents of Guimarães viewed the ECC-2012 as a great initiative for the city’s image and its international projection. However, the extent of the legacy and particularly the regional impact remain questionable.
The local authorities, the Municipality and the Fundação Cidade de Guimarães,stated that between 2011 and 2012 the absolute number of tourists increased 100%. In addition, the occupancy rate jumped from 52.6% in 2011 to 67.2% in 2012. Even without statistical information to quantify it, we can be sure that most foreign tourists used Porto airport en route to Guimarães. This presented a good opportunity to enhance the image of the region and improve its position in the international tourism flows, if based upon a cooperation initiative between entities. Moreover, it is not clear whether a strategy based on the ECC-2012 could improve city and regional prospects as cultural tourism destinations and reinforce their image (e.g. to increase tourism flows and attract investment).
I developed another perspective related to the established networks, or should I say – the un-established networks between Braga 2012, European Capital of Youth and Guimarães as ECC 2012. Both cities, only 23km apart, organised their closing sessions during the same weekend without any interaction. Wouldn´t it be more beneficial for the region as a whole and for both cities to host their events on different days, attracting double the audience by getting the regional community involved?
What lessons have been learned?
I am far from having a complete and clear perspective about the role that the European Capital of Culture – Guimarães 2012 played at the city scale and essentially at the regional level. However, I do agree that the authorities missed the chance to take advantage of the visibility created by ECC-2012 to create a clearer strategy for development and increasing regional competitiveness.
The lack of cooperation between Braga and Guimarães, between the biggest city in the north region, Porto, and the ECC-2012 authorities suggests they may lack an open minded approach towards regional cooperation and resources integration for a common regional branding strategy.
Instead effectively attracting more tourists and increasing future investment, the ECC-2012 was used purely as a city event with minimum impact to boost the region’s international reputation. Furthermore, following my first post, the contribution for a place branding strategy demands more consistent cooperation between municipalities, communities and official entities. Integration, engagement and community participation are required to form an effective response to the contemporary challenges the region faces (e.g. weak economic confidence, unemployment). We should accept that the event was a remarkable achievement for the city and effective in involving the Guimarães citizens, but it was a wasted opportunity to enhance regional cooperation and create networks for the future. Perhaps there will be chance to apply the lessons learned from 2012, as Guimarães has been named European City of Sport for 2013. Hence, we highlight some key points for an effective contribution towards a potential place branding strategy for the north of Portugal by taking those events that take place around the cities of the region (e.g. Guimarães; Braga; Porto; Viana do Castelo):
  • Engage the regional stakeholders, including the municipalities, at least, of the main cities as Braga, Porto and private entities connected with sportive activities;
  •  Engage the community not only at the city scale but also of the region;
    • The event should reflect the local spirit (Brown, et al. 2011).
  • Cooperative event planning and coordination among key players;
  • Integration of the event planning with the Guimarães strategy for sports by thinking in the future (year 2013);
  • Fit the event strategy with the tourism position of the city as cultural destination
    • Showcases around the cultural spaces for the participants of the activities that will take place during the year (e.g.)
The event (European City of Sport for 2013) should be organised with high quality and communicated according with the all strategy for the destination. The quality of the event is essential for a higher impact on the destination, in this case in Guimarães as cultural tourism destination (Brown, et al. 2011), but is also fundamental the communication and consistent engagement of all players.
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13 January 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS | 17th Workshop APDR - Firm performance and growth: a regional, institutional and policy perspective | 19 April 2013 | DEGEI - University of Aveiro

When confronted with rising concerns about economic growth, unemployment and
job creation, the response at national level is often to promote the
creation of new businesses and strengthen the operating conditions of its
entrepreneurial fabric, so as to maintain competitiveness in global markets.

No doubt, improving the economic basis of any region requires a business
environment where firms can prosper.
To strengthen and diversify the economy, policy makers and local leaders
need to be aware of the characteristics and of the determinants of firm
performance and growth, affecting in particular small and medium firms.
Understanding the determinants of firm performance and growth and it
contribution to overall economic growth is crucial in designing specific and
appropriate stimulus policies.

A set of regional and institutional characteristics concerning the
socioeconomic structure and policy actions of a region can contribute to
explaining the variations not only in business formation, but also in firm
performance and growth. These include demand-side, supply-side and policy
variables, which range from regional, institutional and policy aspects to
the quality of the local labor market, business climate, firm
internationalization and innovation capacity.

As such, in the present context of economic slowdown, the relevancy of
approaching these topics becomes more pertinent than ever.


1.     Firm performance and growth determinants
2.     Short-run economic factors and the crisis
3.     Internationalisation and competitiveness
4.     Innovation and market structure
5.     SME´s


·         Until February 20th 2013 - Submission of abstracts
·         March 1st 2013 - Notification of acceptance of abstracts
·         Until April 1st 2013 - Submission of full paper
·         Until April 5th 2013 - Registration
·         April 19th 2013 - Workshop

We count on you. Send us your contribution!

11 January 2013

5th Advances in Tourism Marketing (ATMC) Conference

Theme: Marketing Space and Place: Shifting Tourist Flows

Submission Deadline: Extended abstract (no more than 2,000 words) - 15 March 2013

Keynote Speakers: Chris Ryan, Alan Lew, Carminda Cavaco, Juergen Gnoth

Organised once a two years period, this conference aims to discuss and bridge the gap between tourism space and place. Space expresses fluidity or contingency, whereas place implies interaction between individuals and the physical location. As space is transformed into place, tourism is all about the reality of experiences that impact flows and impacts.

This conference therefore seeks to analyze tourism as a subjective, performative action contextualized by the geographical and socio-cultural characteristics of destinations. Boldly questioning the scope and truth of Urry’s gaze (1990) or Boorstin (1961) who see tourists’ postmodern condition as a “trivial, superficial, frivolous pursuit of vicarious, contrived experiences, a ‘pseudo-event”, the conference looks for contributions that deconstruct how space takes form in different physical, cognitive, social, and emotional dimensions resulting from interactions between tourists and hosts’ places.

Given that spatial behaviour is intertwined with tourists’ own emotional connection to a given place, is place attachment truly just a contrived and commercially generated notion of feelings of attachment or embeddedness in a place? To what extent do tourists create this attachment by way of routes and itineraries (Clifford, 1992)? How does this spatial activity coalesce with their search for authenticity in new places (MacCanell, 1973; Cresswell, 1997; Löfgren, 1999). Boldly questioning the contrived nature of tourism, this conference is expected to contribute to our understanding of how tourism experiences scale spaces to co-create places and the extent to which hosts and guests perceive the same place. We particularly welcome paper submissions addressing issues such as:

Tourism experiences
Places and Spaces
Marketing tourism places and spaces
Tourism geography behavioural patterns
Tourist behaviour
Geographical information systems (GIS)
and other subjects of tourism, hospitality and leisure marketing.

Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts in a WORD file attachment to Antónia Correia (ahcorreia@gmail.comor5atmconference@gmail.com ). Abstracts should follow the IMRAD concept (Introduction, Methods & materials, Research And results, Discussion).

Qualifying papers (e.g. upon recommendation of the scientific committee) will be invited for submission to Tourism Management Perspectives, Anatolia, Tourism Analysis, and Tourism Geographies to be considered and reviewed as a special issue and additionally a selected list of papers will be published in an edited book due by an international publisher. The selected papers of previous conferences have appeared in a series of book proposals by Elsevier, Routledge, Goodfellows, and Cambridge Scholars.
Conference co-chairs:
Luisa Andreu, University of Valencia, Spain
Antonia Correia, University of Algarve, Portugal
Alan Fyall, University of Central Florida, USA
Juergen Gnoth, University of Otago, NZ
Metin Kozak, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
Sonja Liebe, University of Maribor, Slovenia

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:...