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Belgrade: Barcelona of the Balkans?


Global Second Row-Status as a City’s Advantage?!

Europeans should have more sex

Sex, Demography, and the Future of the European Union 23 APRIL 2013
GLENN CARLE Despite the financial crisis, a diminishing birth rates and seemingly unsustainable welfare states, Glenn Carle believes German leadership might offer a solution for structural reform in Europe.
It is easy to say that Europeans should have more sex. Demography is destiny, after all, or so it has seemed for millennia, and what could be better than sleeping your way to world power?

Country branding talks

After the MBA seminar at Solvay Bruxelles Business School by José Filipe Torres, Bloom Consulting CEO on the topic of country branding we are back with some new ideas to explore, to develop and research. Was a talk full of interesting contents and the audience was attentive, raising questions fundamentally with the component/dimension of investment (budget) for country branding projects/initiatives. Afterwards the conversation kept the high level of "place branding insights - between academia and business".

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Marketing Theory Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Marketing Theory is available online:Special issue: Consumer Culture Theory: History, Perspectives and Prospectives:
June 2013; Vol. 13, No. 2 
The below Table of Contents is available online at:
EditorialConsumer culture theory: The ironies of historySøren Askegaard and Linda ScottMarketing Theory 2013;13 139-147
ArticlesDiscursivity, difference, and disruption: Genealogical reflections on the consumer culture theory heteroglossiaCraig J Thompson, Eric Arnould, and Markus GieslerMarketing Theory 2013;13 149-174
‘The wild and wacky worlds of consumer oddballs’: Analyzing the manifestary context of consumer culture theoryMatthias Bode and Per ØstergaardMarketing Theory 2013;13 175-192
Market practices of legitimization: Insights from Consumer Culture TheoryGokcen Coskuner-BalliMarket…


Will the European Union 2020 Strategy Bring New Opportunities for Place Branding Projects?By Eduardo Oliveira Setting the context Some time ago I wrote my own thoughts about the European Union 2020 Strategy and its implications for the practice of place branding. This is my follow up of the ideas I shared. There are various interconnected reasons that motivated me to keep exploring the European Union (EU) policy and place branding, which I will now explore here.

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Historical perspective of world tourism

The substantial growth of the tourism activity clearly marks tourism as one of the most remarkable economic and social phenomena of the past century. The number of international arrivals shows an evolution from a mere 25 million international arrivals in 1950 to an estimated 806 million in 2005, corresponding to an average annual growth rate of 6.5% During this period, development was particularly strong in Asia and the Pacific (13% on average a year) and in the Middle East (10%) while the Americas (5%) and Europe (6%), grew at a slower pace and slightly below the world's average growth. New destinations are steadily increasing their market share while more mature regions such as Europe and the Americas tend to have less dynamic growth. Europe's world share declined by over 10 percentage points since 1950 whereas the Americas lost 13 percentage points. Though the Americas' performance has been most affected by the declines suffered in the past years, the fact is that its a…

Lectures or seminars

If you are interested in lectures or seminars on Place Branding, Destination Branding and Strategic Spatial Planning in general or about my recent research please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I will do it for free as part of my scholarship agreement till 2015.

f you are interested in a research co-operation please send me a rough draft of the possible project and some detailed information about your person or the institution.
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Pick Up the Place Branding Headlines

New facebook page by Samantha Manniex

Globally focused website for the place branding and reputation management industry, featuring regular guest posts and interviews with thought leaders, and attracting readership from over 80 countries.

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THE [IN]FORMAL CITY _ CALL FOR PARTICIPATIONYou can download the full callhere. This call for participation is addressed to students and young professionals (incl. PhD candidates) who want to work on the subject in a team composed of 10 participants from Germany and 10 from South Africa, two weeks in July (30/6 -14/07) and two weeks in November (17/11- 01/2) 2013. The (In)formal City is a project initiated by Inpolis and the Goethe-Institut and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, aiming at bringing together practitioners and scholars from urban and cultural studies in Berlin and Johannesburg to work on the broad issue of informality. The candida…

From Tiger to Tech Hub: Talking Brand Ireland with John Dennehy

From Tiger to Tech Hub: Talking Brand Ireland with John Dennehy
John Dennehy is CEO, a recruitment marketing and software company based in Ireland. The company runs regional branding initiatives to attract skilled professionals. These include Make IT in Ireland, and Make IT in Cork. Previously John was co-founder of Upstart Games a developer and publisher of mobile games. With offices in Tokyo, LA and Dublin it was acquired in Nov 2006. The company developed games for US media groups including Disney and Sony Pictures. John has a BA in Communications from Dublin City University and a postgrad in Journalism from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Scania in Sweden as food destination

Please, take some time to participate in one the research for a master thesis (if you are from one of the following countries: 

Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (not Scania), UK, USA) I am trying to measure the image of Scania region as a food tourism destination. 

The link for the survey is

Thank you!

Anomaly B*: The Leadership Conundrum on Financial Times

Anomaly B*: The Leadership Conundrum on Financial Times: Man oh man, there is just something about "Leadership Discussions" that really gets me excited. In less than 24 hours I attended a...

Filme promocional “Oportonity City” premiado na Polónia


Ireland: From Tigers to Tech

New Silicon Valley on the Emerald Isle 

(...)  Google’s Dublin offices employ 2000 people, the largest outside their HQ in California. (...)

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Why Africa needs more cycling

Velo-city 2013 in Vienna will be the world’s biggest conference on urban cycling. The conference does not only attract traffic planners and politicians from all over the globe, it’s also going to see some of Africa’s best and brightest bicycle experts. We had a chat to Osita Benjamin Chidoka, Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria and a speaker at Velo-city 2013 in Vienna. How can policy makers in developing countries tackle challenges such as urban poverty, access to economic opportunity or equitable access to transport?
Current mainstream development theory seems to suggest that if countries want economic development, then they need roads. And, a lot of them. A view still shared by many politicians and experts shaping development policies throughout the globe. Of course, to be mobile means to have better access to markets and work opportunities so improved mobility of a countries population can catalyse economic development. The question is which model for mobilit…

Progress in Human Geography Online Table of Contents Alert

Announcement2013 Progress in Human Geography Essay PrizeNoel Castree, Sarah Elwood, Rob Kitchin, Chris Philo, Kristian Stokke, and Sue RobertsProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 329
ArticlesWhere governance fails: Advanced business services and the offshore worldDariusz WójcikProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 330-347
On the varying ontologies of capitalism: Embeddedness, dispossession, subsumptionUgo RossiProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 348-365
Geographies of the illicit: Globalization and organized crimeTim HallProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 366-385
Geography and the visual image: A hauntological approachElisabeth RobertsProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 386-402
Gendering capital: Financial crisis, financialization and (an agenda for) economic geographyJane PollardProg Hum Geogr 2013;37 4…

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