30 May 2013

Europeans should have more sex

Sex, Demography, and the Future of the European Union

23 APRIL 2013
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".

21 May 2013

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: http://mtq.sagepub.com/content/vol13/issue2/?etoc

Consumer culture theory: The ironies of history
Søren Askegaard and Linda Scott
Marketing Theory 2013;13 139-147

Discursivity, difference, and disruption: Genealogical reflections on the consumer culture theory heteroglossia
Craig J Thompson, Eric Arnould, and Markus Giesler
Marketing Theory 2013;13 149-174

‘The wild and wacky worlds of consumer oddballs’: Analyzing the manifestary context of consumer culture theory
Matthias Bode and Per Østergaard
Marketing Theory 2013;13 175-192

Market practices of legitimization: Insights from Consumer Culture Theory
Gokcen Coskuner-Balli
Marketing Theory 2013;13 193-211

Rethinking consumer culture theory from the postmodern to the communist horizon
Bernard Cova, Pauline Maclaran, and Alan Bradshaw
Marketing Theory 2013;13 213-225

Consumer culture theory (re)visits actor–network theory: Flattening consumption studies
Domen Bajde
Marketing Theory 2013;13 227-242

20 May 2013


Will the European Union 2020 Strategy Bring New Opportunities for Place Branding Projects?

P0103670011By 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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17 May 2013

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 annual average growth rate for the period 1950-2000 was 5.8%, also bellow the average for the world (6.8%).

Europe and the Americas were the main tourist-receiving regions between 1950 and 2000. Both regions represented a joint market share of over 95 per cent in 1950, 82% forty years later and 76% in 2000.

15 May 2013

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.

If you are a press contact: for questions regarding my work, please contact me directly by mail or phone.

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14 May 2013

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.


always fresh and top-thinking posts



You can download the full call here.

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 candidates need to address their interest until May 15th tokalandides@inpolis.de (see below for details). Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview. The maximum number of available places is 5 students (2 in a waiting list) and 3 young professionals (1 in waiting list)


13 May 2013

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 ofZartis.com, 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.

10 May 2013

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 ishttps://www.webbenkater.com/s/28e8fd7 

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...

9 May 2013

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.
   The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Osita Chidoka(right) with the Former President President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, flanged by Otunba Johnson Fasawe (Left).
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 mobility do the development policies follow?
Flick for example through Tony Blair’s 2005 report on the Commission for Africa, you’ll read that Africa must “double infrastructure spending” citing approximately €20 billion for rural roads and regional highways. But, is paving hundreds of kilometres of highways through rural areas in Africa the right strategy to achieve prosperity and (sustainable) development?
“Our attitude to development is that more asphalt, more highways, more cars will mean that our country is developing,” says Mr. Chidoka, who heads Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps. But the question is rather the quality of such development.
“You get to the point where you see what others are done, and you realize that that’s not the way to go,” Chidoka adds. We believe that Mister Chidoka is right:
Globally speaking, car centric policy comes at a huge social cost: more than a million people die on roads every year, and another 50 million are injured. Air pollution is at least equally dangerous, with the WHO reporting 1.3 million deaths per year caused by bad air. Road accidents actually kill more people than Malaria, and it’s expected that by 2030, it will be even surpass HIV/AIDs.
Perhaps you could argue for keeping our current car-oriented development polices, if we actually moved a little quicker, but the average speed of traffic is similar to the days of horse and cart. (Let’s not forget that OECD countries see 3% of GDPthrown away in traffic jams.)
Learning from the West’s mistakes in favoring a car-oriented development model could save decades of headaches for rapidly developing countries in Africa or Asia.
“We need to fast-track our understanding that we have limited resources, and we need to maximize their use. We need to find cheap effective means of transport,” explains Chidoka, who believes that a mere focus on more cars, and more highways may well not be the best answer.
Cycling: It Makes Economic Sense.
Cycling as the most equitable form of urban transport can move more people at a lower cost. In Africa, where money for transport can be scarce, cycling makes economic sense.
“In Denmark $ 170 million worth of infrastructure investment gets you one kilometre of metro,” says Chidoka. But “many African countries can’t afford Metro” he adds.
The same can be said for road infrastructure. It’s frightfully expensive to invest in auto-mobility. Chidoka feels that globalization has meant Nigerians travelling abroad who have seen top quality infrastructure, and want their country to have the same. Yet who would pay for it?
“If you want to have world class highways, you have to put the money into it. I gave the example, of Israel. With a very small land area, it spends about $5 billion every year on roads. Nigeria spends less than $1 billion dollars in ten years,” explains Chidoka.
“We don’t have the resources to have the kind of infrastructure that is in place in the West. It doesn’t exist,” he adds. So where is the leverage for countries with limited budgets to develop meaningful and effective policies for development and provision of mobility?
This is where bicycle infrastructure could represent serious value for money. For the cost of one kilometre of urban freewayyou could build 150km of bicycle paths, 10,000km of bicycle lanes or 100 well designed 30kmph zones. In Africa, a two metre wide unpaved bicycle trail would cost less than 10% of building a 6 metre wide rural road for motor vehicles.
Changing Perceptions
Ma Nuo, a 22 year old woman from Beijing on a dating show made global headlines a few years ago when she said: “I’d rather cry in the back of your BMW than laugh on the back of your bicycle”.
People working to lobby for bicycle-supportive policies in Africa, Asia and even parts of Europe still have to tackle such backward images of bicycle use. Cars are a still a symbol of wealth, while cycling is often regulated to the status of poverty, child’s play or physical exercise. Nigeria, like many countries in Africa, struggles to have cycling considered as viable form of transport for the urban elite.
Mister Chidoka’s organisation – the Federal Road Safety Corps of Nigeria – is going ways which are at pace with promotion strategies for urban cycling in Europe or the US. “We’re trying to change that perception. Trying to make people see that it’s about choice, it’s about freedom, it’s about equity and it’s about mobility.” Says Chidoka about the rationale behind his organisation’s cycling promotion activities.
Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city desperately needs more people in the saddle of a bicycle. With an estimated population of 14 million, Lagos is currently one of the fastest growing cities on the African continent. Yet, 2 million vehicles crammed into a small area have grounded traffic to a halt in the city. According to Chidoka, the average daily commute in Lagos takes more than two hours each way. In this metropolis however, government officials are starting to take steps to change attitudes.
“The government of Lagos is trying to introduce a bicycle culture,” says Chidoka. He explains that “they’re thinking about having a day for bicycle in the city centre only. The Commissioners and the Governors have been trying to ride bicycles to promote it as a form of movement.”
Undoubtedly, it’s going to take time for change, yet more cycling in Africa’s most populous nation could be a beacon for change, not only in Africa, but worldwide. We wish that Velo-city 2013 can be a venue for exchange of successful and innovative strategies to make important and ambitious goals of for example the administration of Lagos a reality.
To conclude this article we want to make one thing very clear: We see urban cycling and the bicycle as a smart and highly potential tool for city-making and the creation of sustainable development policies. Just as the developed world increasingly realizes that the car-oriented model might not be the smartest solution for our society, the developed world might take the chance to not run into the trap of the car-oriented development model but rather use the potentials of the bicycle for the benefit of their peoples. With the professional exchange during Velo-city 2013 in Vienna we aim to facilitate such a process.
Many thanks to Mister Chidoka for the interview.


7 May 2013

Progress in Human Geography Online Table of Contents Alert

2013 Progress in Human Geography Essay Prize
Noel Castree, Sarah Elwood, Rob Kitchin, Chris Philo, Kristian Stokke, and Sue Roberts
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 329

Where governance fails: Advanced business services and the offshore world
Dariusz Wójcik
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 330-347

On the varying ontologies of capitalism: Embeddedness, dispossession, subsumption
Ugo Rossi
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 348-365

Geographies of the illicit: Globalization and organized crime
Tim Hall
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 366-385

Geography and the visual image: A hauntological approach
Elisabeth Roberts
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 386-402

Gendering capital: Financial crisis, financialization and (an agenda for) economic geography
Jane Pollard
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 403-423

Progress reports
Geographies of circulation and exchange III: The great crisis and marketization ‘after markets’
Marc Boeckler and Christian Berndt
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 424-432

Cultural geography I: Materialist turns
Scott Kirsch
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 433-441

Geography and education III: Update on the development of school geography in England under the Coalition Government
Christine Winter
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 442-451

Classics in human geography revisited
Classics in human geography revisited
John Agnew
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 452-454

Commentary 2: Making space for power?
Harriet Bulkeley
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 454-456

Commentary 3: The prescience of Lost Geographies of Power
Mark Haugaard
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 456-458

Author’s response: The difference that space makes
John Allen
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 458-460

Book review
Book review: Critical Reflections on Regional Competitiveness: Theory, Policy, Practice
John Harrison
Prog Hum Geogr 2013;37 461-462

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