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Heritage Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference, Istanbul 6-8 November 2014

The age of the city-state: which cities most dominate their countries?

The age of the city-state: which cities most dominate their countries? The largest 300 cities are home to a fifth of the world's people but account for nearly half of economic output – get the data 168 in

Urban Studies Table of Contents for July 2014; Vol. 51, No. 9

Regional Studies, Regional Science invites early career papers

Regional Studies, Regional Scienceinvites early career papers. *Please forward this message on to early career researchers* Regional Studies, Regional Science, the new open access journal from the Regional Studies Association, has a section specifically devoted to publishing short articles from students and early career researchers to make their research accessible to a wide audience. Authors of accepted abstracts will be assigned an Early Career Papers editor who will mentor them through the submission process and guide them towards the publication of a high-quality article. All articles published in Regional Studies, Regional Science are published open access, which means that the article is freely available in perpetuity online. Article Publishing Charges (APCs), normally payable for papers published in RSRS, will be waived for those who are accepted by this Early Career Papers mentored route. Julie Porter (Towson University), Lead Editor of the Early Career Papers Section, has been …

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Date and location 15th June, 2014 - 18th June, 2014 Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Business, Izmir, Turkey Conference organisersRSA Organiser:
Elizabeth Mitchell: Academic Organiser:
Sedef Akgungor:
Pedro Marques: Conference detailsDeadline extended until Sunday 6th AprilRegister Here (abstracts should be no more than 800 words, text only, click here for further information).  Diversity within regions is often considered one way to achieve sustainability and stability in economic growth and development.  As a region’s social and economic structure becomes more diverse, it becomes less sensitive to external shocks. Variety in economic activities as well as divergent local cultures within the region is a source of regional strength and resilience. The concept of resilience has often been used in regional development to define robustness, strength, flexibility and the ability to respond to…

The winner takes it all: City brand rankings

Posted by  on May 20, 2014 in City Brand | 11 comments

Despite my academic research on the links between place branding and spatial planning, I’m also an attentive observer of everyday events. Over the last few weeks, I have witnessed the release of a cacophony of city and country brand rankings, brand barometers and nonsensical top 10 lists of something spatially localised. In my view, it seems that some place promotional campaigns are still selling geographies, instead of communicating ideas of a territory. The latter is substantially different from selling a product or a service ‘ranked’ on Don Jones or Euronext Stock Exchange. The practice of place branding continues this ‘ranking fetish’. People seem to set great stock in rankings or lists such as ‘best of’ or ‘top 10′. But in reality these rankings don’t have as much power as people think. They simply divert focus, resources and effort from what is truly important in place branding.
I must confess that I get mildly …

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The 10 worst city tourism videos

Future High Street

"Rapidly changing shopping habits, the growth of online consumerism and the trend of major chains consolidating their portfolios, moving out of secondary towns and focusing on out-of-town shopping centres will continue to hollow out many town centres, leaving them bereft of purpose. For high streets to have a chance of flourishing all over the country, a new post-retail landscape will have to develop. There will always be shops, but high streets won't be solely reliant on commerce; they will have to develop a much stronger community offer."

Retail International Conference

What about Braga in September? Cathy Parker (MMU Business School) and Erik Braun (Erasmus University Rotterdam – School of Economics) they will be there. Retail International Conference 
University of Minho, Braga
September 19-20, 2014.
Paper submissions: until June 9th
Communication of selected papers: June 23rd

RSA Early Career Conference.

We are glad to announce you that the registration has opened for the RSA Early Career Conference. October 30-31, 2014. University of Sheffield, UK. Visit the Conference page at Register now at We will be happy to welcome you to Sheffield !

Regional Studies Association Global Conference


Global Urban Lectures

The Global Urban Lecture Series is a free online resource for global academia and researchers in their work towards sustainable urban development. 

For the full packages, see Each lecture comes with a package of associated material: bio of the speaker, synopsis and related links. 

The lecturers have been recruited from UN-Habitat's partners as well as associated experts working on UN-Habitat's focus areas.

The Regional Studies Blog: Introducing - Eduardo Oliveira - the RSA's new Stu...

The Regional Studies Blog: Introducing - Eduardo Oliveira - the RSA's new Stu...: Dear RSA Blog readers, it is our great pleasure to introduce to you Eduardo Oliveira, who has been appointed as the Regional Studies Associa...

Making Strategies in Spatial Planning—Knowledge and Values - European Planning Studies - Volume 22, Issue 4

The Regional Studies Blog: The Early Career Section of RSRS: some thoughts on...

The Regional Studies Blog: The Early Career Section of RSRS: some thoughts on...: Issue 4(2) of Regional Insights marked the end of a 4-year long successful history of publication of short articles from Early Career schol...