27 November 2013

An Instagram short film from Thomas Jullien

An Instagram short film from Thomas Jullien on Vimeo.

EuroPCom 2013: presentations, reports and videos

​General information
Opening session
A1 - Campaigning for Europe
A2 - European elections going local
B1 - Online public communication
B2 - Conversation session social media
B3 - e-government, e-citizens, e-lusions?
C1 - Public communication and politics
C2 - Putting communication on the policy agenda
Key note lecture
D - Monitoring and evaluating campaigns
E1 - Strenghtening your administration's reputation
E2 - Administrators or ambassadors?
E3 - Reputation of the EU institutions
F1 - Storytelling in public communication
  • Franck Plasse (City of Lieusaint): video - presentation
  • Isabelle Gaudeul-Ehrhart (European Commission): video
F2 - Talking about EU projects
F3 - Conversation session storytelling
Closing session
  • Anthony Zacharzewski (Democratic Society): video - presentation
  • Simon Anholt (Indep. governm. advisor): video

26 November 2013

Spot Lisboa

We are the change that we seek

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama

Brand USA: Global Viewpoints

by Rob Wolfe – CONNECTED Brand Management and Marketing

Following the 2008 U.S. presidential election, I posed the following question to colleagues from branding-related groups on LinkedIn: Which component of the USA brand do you think currently needs our greatest attention: core values, personality, or positioning?

As we then experienced the historical inauguration of Barack Obama—a dramatic turning point and a new opportunity for the United States to market its brand identity, I thought it was an appropriate time back then to share these insightful, provocative and emotional responses representing five different nations.
Now that five years have passed, I’d like to revisit those comments and re-consider those thoughts on the branding of the USA, and ask ourselves the following questions:.

Do these sentiments about the USA brand still hold true today?

Have we addressed any of the issues or brand concerns raised back then?
Where should our attention be focused TODAY in cultivating the USA Brand?
Perspectives from across the globe following the 2008 U.S. presidential election:

- See more at: http://placesbrands.com/brand-usa-global-viewpoints/#sthash.PzVhl0gq.dpuf

22 November 2013

The Urban Birder Team's Louise Moss visits the Algarve, southern Portugal

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The Algarve is the southernmost area of Portugal covering approximately 2,090 square miles with a resident population of about 450,000. It’s Europe’s most famous secret, or so publicity tells me. Is it though?  Every year about 1.9 million Brits visit Portugal (and that’s not to mention tourists from other countries). In the summer they come for the weather and the beaches and in winter the weather and the golfing. But, if there is more to Portugal, why is it just known for the beaches and the golfing? Well that is something that I was lucky enough to try and find out. 

21 November 2013

Conference Note: "International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism"

Dear author,

We are pleased to inform you that your Conference Note: "International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism", Boğaziçi UniversityIstanbul,Turkey has been published on Taylor & Francis Online.

To cite this article:
Eduardo Oliveira, Anatolia (2013): International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism, Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2013.861733

To link to this article: 


19 November 2013

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory



It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we want to know whether the house will have enough space for a family of five, we want to focus on the architectural level; if we want to know how easily it could catch fire, we want to focus on the materials level; and if we want to engineer a product for a brick manufacturer, we focus on molecular structure.
Similarly, if we want to know how the brain gives rise to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we want to focus on the bigger picture of how its structure allows it to store and process information—the architecture, as it were. To understand the brain at this level, we don’t have to know everything about the individual connections among brain cells or about any other biochemical process. We use a rela­tively high level of analysis, akin to architecture in buildings, to characterize relatively large parts of the brain.
To explain the Theory of Cognitive Modes, which specifies general ways of thinking that underlie how a person approaches the world and interacts with other people, we need to provide you with a lot of information. We want you to understand where this theory came from—that we didn’t just pull it out of a hat or make it up out of whole cloth. But there’s no need to lose the forest for the trees: there are only three key points that you will really need to keep in mind.
First, the top parts and the bottom parts of the brain have differ­ent functions. The top brain formulates and executes plans (which often involve deciding where to move objects or how to move the body in space), whereas the bottom brain classifies and interprets incoming information about the world. The two halves always work together; most important, the top brain uses information from the bottom brain to formulate its plans (and to reformulate them, as they unfold over time).



Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, is founding dean of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. He previously served as director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. G. Wayne Miller is a staff writer at The Providence Journal, a documentary filmmaker and the author of several books.

8th Meeting of the Portuguese Economic Journal

We invite researchers, irrespective of their institutional or geographical affiliation, to submit  theoretical, applied, or policy-oriented research papers on any field in economics to our meeting.
This is the eighth meeting of the Portuguese Economic Journal. It is hosted by the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho (Escola de Economia e Gestão, Universidade do Minho) and organized by NIPE — Economic Policies Research Unit.
It will be held in Braga, University of Minho, in July 4-5, 2014.
The Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Xavier Vives (IESE Business School)

*Important dates*
Paper submissions: until March 31st.
Early registration: between April 17 and May 15.
Late registration: between May 16 and May 31.
Notifications: April 15.
Conference: July 4-5.
Note: presenters should register early.

*Submission guidelines*

These and other instructions are available at http://www3.eeg.uminho.pt/economia/nipe/PEJ2014/


All matters related to submissions and papers will be handled by the program chair:
Our scientific committee:
·         António Afonso (Technical University of Lisbon)
·         Pedro Pita Barros (Nova School of Business and Economics)
·         Paulo Bastos (World Bank)
·         Pedro Carneiro (University College London)
·         Margarida Duarte (University of Toronto)
·         Miguel Fonseca (University of Exeter Business School)
·         Pedro Martins (Queen Mary, University of London)
·         José Tavares (Nova School of Business and Economics)
·         Pedro Teles (Catolica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics)
·         Paulo Rodrigues (Banco de Portugal)

Local Organizers:
·         Luís Aguiar-Conraria
·         Natália Barbosa
·         João Cerejeira
·         Rosa-Branca Esteves
·         Miguel Portela
·         Francisco Veiga
     Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas
     Escola de Economia e Gestão
     Universidade do Minho
     Tel: (NIPE)  253 604 517
     Fax: (EEG) 253  601 380

17 November 2013

On Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter: An Interview with David Harvey

On Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter: An Interview with David Harvey

We now cooperate with Sam and PlacesBrands blog





Founder and Managing Editor

Sam is the founder and managing editor of PlacesBrands. Originally from the UK, she worked in marketing and communications in China, Belgium and Qatar, before founding this website in 2012. Sam is a trained journalist with a degree in sociology from the University of Exeter and a Masters in international business and economics from EHSAL in Brussels.

Eduardo Oliveira (B & W)


Deputy Editor 

Eduardo is a PhD researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  His work focuses on the theory and practice of place branding as part of strategic spatial planning. He also studies digital challenges in destination branding, and the value of storytelling in place reputation management. Eduardo has a Masters in marketing and strategic management  from the University of Minho. He also has a Masters in tourism and regional development from the Portuguese Catholic University. Eduardo is a frequent speaker at international conferences on place and destination branding issues.

Contributing Authors

15 November 2013

On the shadow of globalisation

On the shadow of globalisation
by Eduardo Oliveira, 11 of November 2013, The Netherlands

The Magazine “The Economist” released last October 2013 a special report on the world economy issue, problems and challenges. The world is finding itself confronted with major developments and challenges: the growing complexity of global issues (rise of new technologies, changes in production processes, crisis of representative democracy, diversity, inequality, migration and the globalization of culture and the economy). Increasing concern about the rapid and apparently random course of (uneven) development, the problems of fragmentation, the rising cost of energy, the ageing of the population, the increasing awareness (on all scales, from local to global) of environmental issues (such as climate change).

An important conclusion is that the forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, with nations states and trade unions returning to a more interventionist and nationalist model.
After two decades in which people, capital and goods were moving ever more freely across borders (see the free European Union market and common currency), walls and trade barriers have been going up. Governments increasingly pick and choose whom they trade with, what sort of capital they welcome and how much freedom they allow for doing business abroad.

Almost all countries still embrace the principles of international trade and investment. They want to enjoy the benefits of globalisation, but as much as possible they now also want to insulate themselves from its downsides, such as volatile capital flows or surging imports that damages domestic industries.
Borders have not been closed to immigrants, but admission criteria have been tightened. At the same time, however, many countries have made entry easier for scarce highly skilled workers and for entrepreneurs. Talents are now prioritised (see Sweden case).
Globalisation has changed the role of the nation state politically because of strengthened interstate relationships and dependence on one another through trade flows.

Also by now internet and social media has made news and information sharing instant, making it impossible for countries to hide facts and inequalities. These processes seem irreversible.
One of the key challenges for me as planner but also as citizen of the world is to analyse critically what type of planning is suited as an approach to deal – in an innovative/emancipatory and transformative way – with the problems and challenges developing and developed societies are facing. An expanding literature and an increasing number of practices all over the world seem to suggest that strategic spatial planning may be looked upon as a possible approach (also looking to territorial development and place competitiveness). But at the same time critical comments and reactions are raised on the theory and the practices of strategic spatial planning.

One thing I am sure, we have to take action before it’s too late by envisioning better places to live, to work, to be entrepreneur, to dream. People before profit, please.

Urban Studies Online Table of Contents Alert

Urban Studies Online Table of Contents Alert
A new issue of Urban Studies is available online:
December 2013; Vol. 50, No. 16 
The below Table of Contents is available online at: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/vol50/issue16/?etoc

Equity in the City: On Measuring Urban (Ine)quality of Life
Marco Brambilla, Alessandra Michelangeli, and Eugenio Peluso
Urban Stud 2013;50 3205-3224

Intergenerational Housing Support Between Retired Old Parents and their Children in Urban China
Bingqin Li and Hyun Bang Shin
Urban Stud 2013;50 3225-3242

When and Why Do Landlords Retain Property Investments?
Gavin A. Wood and Rachel Ong
Urban Stud 2013;50 3243-3261

The Spatio-temporal Clustering of Green Buildings in the United States
Nikhil Kaza, T. William Lester, and Daniel A. Rodriguez
Urban Stud 2013;50 3262-3282

Can Sustainability Enhance Business District Attractiveness? A Survey of Corporate Property Decisions in France
Ingrid Nappi-Choulet and Aurelien Decamps
Urban Stud 2013;50 3283-3304

Imagine all the Neighbours: Perceived Neighbourhood Ethnicity, Interethnic Friendship Ties and Perceived Ethnic Threat in Four Nordic Countries
Antti Kouvo and Carita Lockmer
Urban Stud 2013;50 3305-3322

Ethnic Group Population Change and Neighbourhood Belonging
Nissa Finney and Stephen Jivraj
Urban Stud 2013;50 3323-3341

Down These Mean Streets: An Analysis of the Local Public Discourse on Antisocial Behaviour in Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods in the Netherlands
Joanne van der Leun and Monique Koemans
Urban Stud 2013;50 3342-3359

Viva la Raza! A Park, a Riot and Neighbourhood Change in North Denver
Sig Langegger
Urban Stud 2013;50 3360-3377

Decisions to Renovate: Identifying Key Determinants in Central and Eastern European Post-socialist Countries
Andreja Cirman, Srna Mandic, and Jelena Zoric
Urban Stud 2013;50 3378-3393

What Drives the Spatial Development of Urban Villages in China?
Pu Hao, Pieter Hooimeijer, Richard Sliuzas, and Stan Geertman
Urban Stud 2013;50 3394-3411

Urban Neoliberalism with Islamic Characteristics
Ozan Karaman
Urban Stud 2013;50 3412-3427

The Città Abusiva in Contemporary Southern Italy: Illegal Building and Prospects for Change
Federico Zanfi
Urban Stud 2013;50 3428-3445

Shared Space and the Post-politics of Environmental Change
Rob Imrie
Urban Stud 2013;50 3446-3462

Book Review Article
Post-socialist Cities and Urban Studies: Transformation and Continuity in Eurasia
Helen F. Wilson
Urban Stud 2013;50 3463-3471

Book Reviews
Book Review: Post-cosmopolitan Cities: Explorations of Urban Coexistence
Urban Stud 2013;50 3472-3474

Book Review: Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning
Urban Stud 2013;50 3474-3476

Books Received
Books Received
Urban Stud 2013;50 3477-3478

Urban Stud 2013;50 3479-3480

12 November 2013

Making Strategies in Destination Branding

The Digital Challenge in Destination Branding: Brief Approach to the Portuguese case

Oliveira, Eduardo (2013), “The Digital Challenge in Destination Branding: Brief Approach to the Portuguese case”, Conference Proceedings of the International Tourism Week Conference Series V - New Trends in Tourism Management and Marketing, 15th and -16th  of April, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey [ISBN 978-605-4483-14-3].  

Eduardo Oliveira (recent publications)

 Oliveira, Eduardo (2013). “Making Strategies in Destination Branding: What is the online tourism promotional material saying about Portugal?”, Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism, 3-5 October, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey [ISBN 978-975-518-354-1]. http://www.academia.edu/5071812/Making_Strategies_in_Destination_Branding_What_is_the_online_tourism_promotional_material_saying_about_Portugal 

 Oliveira, Eduardo (2013), The Digital Challenge in Destination Branding: Brief Approach to the Portuguese case”, Conference Proceedings of the International Tourism Week Conference Series V - New Trends in Tourism Management and Marketing, 15th and -16th  of April, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey [ISBN 978-605-4483-14-3]. http://www.academia.edu/5072097/The_Digital_Challenge_in_Destination_Branding_Brief_Approach_to_the_Portuguese_case

Eduardo Oliveira CV Updated


11 November 2013

Citizenship, minorities and the struggle for a right to the city in Istanbul

Citizenship, minorities and the struggle for a right to the city in Istanbul

Citizenship, minorities and the struggle for a right to the city in Istanbul

Gülçin Erdi Lelandaisa*
pages 817-836

Publishing models and article dates explained
Received: 24 Oct 2011
Accepted: 29 May 2012
Published online: 09 Nov 2013


Globalization is generating new forms of citizenship that often go beyond the institutional perception of social identity. These new forms of citizenship are developed in a scalable way to a greater extent than rights and obligations, and are entirely managed by the citizens themselves. To demonstrate empirical support for this issue, the case of minority communities in Turkey constitutes one of the most relevant examples, since citizenship in this country has long been associated with an idea of political loyalty and total allegiance to the nation-state. The main purpose of this article is to show how urban space and urban protest allow minorities to find alternative forms of expression for their collective identity, and to create a new understanding of citizenship beyond the classical definition, being based instead on institutional representation. The aim of this research is to examine the process of urban transformation in Istanbul, how this phenomenon shapes the structure of cities and how it gives rise to social resistance and protest, especially in neighborhoods housing minority communities. In this context, the article focuses on planning movements in Turkey through a comparative study of two urban planning projects and the citizens' protests against them.

Never go to Thailand: French videographer tells you why

Amid a political storm, some have found refuge online in a happier rendering of Thailand.
On popular message boards such as Pantip.com, people have been discussing the stunning scenes of Never Go To Thailand, a video with a very misleading name, given how romantically it highlights the kingdom’s finest vistas and faces.
The video by French videographer Brian Camusat, originally released earlier this year, was recently reposted online, and seems to have found a new audience hungry for something positive.
Never Go To is a group of professional french videographers who promote and film in touristic cities. As Netizens agree, Never Go To Thailand would mean anyone who ever visits will not want to go home for a long time.
For those of us already here, it’s a good summary of all the things to celebrate in our home, native or adopted.

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:...