27 June 2014

Regional Studies Association Forthcoming Events

The Regional Studies Association works with its international membership to facilitate the highest standards of theoretical development, empirical analysis and policy debate of issues at this sub-national scale, incorporating both the urban and rural and different conceptions of space such as city-regions and interstitial spaces. We are, for example, interested in issues of economic development and growth, conceptions of territory and its governance and in thorny problems of equity and injustice.
RSA Early Career Conference 2014 in conjunction with Regional Studies, Regional Science Open Access Journal, 30th – 31st October 2014 – Abstract submission deadline 29th August 2014
RSA Winter Conference 2014, Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth & the Space Economy, 27th – 28thNovember 2014 – Abstract submission deadline 18th August 2014
RSA Annual President’s Event, 27th November 2014 – Registration deadline 31st August 2014 (free for current members and now also open to non members £55)
RSA Annual Conference 2015, Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions & Sustainability, 24th – 27th May 2015 – Abstract submission deadline 30th January 2015

26 June 2014

Regional Studies Association Winter Conference, November 27th- 28th, 2014, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, London, UK

Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy
Regional Studies Association Winter Conference, November 27th- 28th, 2014, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, London, UKCall for Papers
The Regional Studies Association would like to announce the high calibre of plenary speakers secured for the
RSA Winter Conference, to be held on November 27th – 28th. Please submit your abstract (400 words text only) by 18th August, 2014 via the online registration portal. Registration is now open for submissions.  

Friday 28th November, 2014
Opening Plenary Session
Professor Ron Martin, University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Philip McCann, University of Groningen, Netherlands 
Panel Session:
Chair, Professor Martin Jones, University of Sheffield, UKPanellists: Professor Gillian Bristow, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Henry Overman, London School of Economics, UK
Professor Nancey Green Leigh, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK
Election Pamphlet Panel Session
Professor Andy Pike, Newcastle University, UK
Professor Ron Martin, University of Cambridge, UK
(Further details to be confirmed)
Closing Plenary:
Professor Michael Storper, London School of Economics, UK Sciences-Po, France and UCLA, USA
For further information please visit
www.regionalstudies.org/conferences or email Elizabeth Mitchell 
Kind Regards
Elizabeth Mitchell
Project Manager: Events and Membership
Regional Studies Association
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20 June 2014

Matthieu Ricard What is Happiness

Turkey launches new advertising and branding campaign

A new advertising and branding campaign has been launched by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, using the main by-line “Home of…”.
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Along with photos taken by world-famous photographers, the captions on the advertising will include descriptions of Turkey as the “Home of History”, “Home of Tradition”, and “Home of Adventure”.
The aim of the campaign is to promote the destination as a starting point for holidaymakers interested in historical sites and unique attractions.
Irfan Onal, the director of promotion for Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that the campaign “enables us to give a universal message about Turkey and its attractions, whether they are specific sites, cultural values or shared traditions”.
“In this way we are raising awareness of the country’ diversity and heightening its international profile while attracting new and previous visitors to Turkey time and time again.”
The campaign can be accessed on all social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and will be supported by mobile apps. The hashtag #HomeOf has also been created for the campaign.
The photographers, who shot for the campaign around various locations in Turkey, include American documentary photographer Steve McCurry, known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ photo on the cover of the National Geographic, advertising photographer Mark Edward Harris, photojournalist Hazel Thompson, and photographer of rock-stars, Robert M. Knight.

The Pop-Up City Book


Based on 6 years of blogging on popupcity.net for an audience of millions, Pop-Up City: City-Making in a Fluid World tells an inspiring story about the rise of pop-up culture and its impact on cities across the globe by showcasing eye-opening ideas, concepts and trends that make a difference in the city of today and tomorrow, ranging from urban hacks to modular hotels, and from parasite cinemas to pop-up retail.

Book Launch On 3 July
We are happy to meet you on Thursday 3 July at 18:00 at Felix &Foam in Amsterdam to celebrate the launch of the Pop-Up City book, with drinks, music, and talks by journalist Tracy Metz, architecture office HUNK-design (featured in the book), and our graphic designers Vruchtvlees, among others. Click here to attend the event on Facebook.
We hope to see you then!

18 June 2014


“In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance. ” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13 June 2014

2nd Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places

2nd Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places
27th – 30th April 2015
Connecting People and Places
The Symposium will be held over 4 days on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. 
The theme of this symposium reflects the increasing quest for authenticity in tourists’ experiences, both from a supply and demand perspective. Issues of ‘connecting’ people and places therefore become important for place managers and marketers, for a wide range of tourism-related businesses, and also for tourists themselves. 
The Symposium will explore the ways the tourism product can be created, communicated and delivered in order to increase authenticity through experiential consumption. There is also therefore likely to be a major focus on the way social media is used by DMOs to engage with and connect with a wide range of stakeholders, and also the way tourists increasingly take control of their connections to places through social media. A key recurring feature of this Symposium is the recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of place branding, marketing and management, the multi-dimensional nature of places and need for co-operation between stakeholders. Once again, this symposium will therefore focus on the creation, development and implementation of coherent and appropriate responses to these issues that lead to effective place management, marketing and branding decisions, and which particularly involve the interaction between academics and practitioners.
Papers may present the results of empirical studies, case studies, or ideas from works in progress. Authors should submit a 1000 word abstract electronically to Dr Heather Skinner at info@corfusymposium.com no later than 28th November 2014.
Submission of 1000 word abstract 28th November 2014
Decision on acceptance 9th January 2015
Final deadline for Registration 27th February 2015

I know what I want and I will get it

Atlantic City of the Year 2015

Atlantic City of the year 2015

For the second consecutive year, the CAAC has the honour to organize the contest of the Atlantic City of the year. This honorary award, won by Brest Métropole Ocèane in 2014, aims to reward the efforts undertaken by the Atlantic cities in the five areas of action defined in the Charter of San Sebastian:
-Environmental excellence
-Innovative and sustainable economic development
-The cohesion and the social mix
-The common identity of the Atlantic cities
-The development of a more ambitious and effective cooperation
Due to a late organization of the CAAC 2014 General Assembly this year, the cities of the Atlantic arc, implementing exemplary policies on these topics, have an extra-time that is till the 31th of August 2014, to send us their aplication.
More info
The initiative intends to create awareness about the uniqueness of these territories and to encourage excellence and innovative solutions. Cities located in the Atlantic Arc have until the 31th of August to apply. 
Last year Brest Métropole Océane was chosen Atlantic City of the Year 2014. 

Journal of Vacation Marketing - HAPPY Mood of The Day

Dear Eduardo Oliveira and Emese Panyik:

The Journal of Vacation Marketing has now received the Referee reports on your revised paper "Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination" Manuscript No JVM-ZZ-xxxx.YY.  It is with pleasure to inform you that your paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Vacation Marketing.  Our sincere congratulations to you.

It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to receiving further papers from you in the future.  Once again, our sincere congratulations.

Kind regards,
Editor in Chief
Journal of Vacation Marketing

11 June 2014

International Workshop on Resilience - just do it - Governing for resilience in vulnerable places

International Workshop in Groningen on October 9-10, 2014. 

'Resilience - just do it?! Governing for resilience in vulnerable places'. 

You can find the call for abstracts in the attachment. 
There is no conference fee. 

More information, for example on the key note speakers and the tracks, you can find on this website: 

The deadline for abstracts is June 27th

You are cordially invited to participate. 

What the workshop is about:

The term ‘resilience’ has remarkably quickly gained currency in academia as well as in practice and is nowadays widely promoted as a promising concept to deal with shocks and uncertainties in the face of environmental, social and economic crises. However, there remains ‘an apparent gap between the advocacy of socio -ecological resilience in the scientific literature and its take-up as a policy discourse on the one hand, and the demonstrated capacity to govern for resilience in practice on the other’ (Wilkinson 2012: 319). The international workshop ‘Resilience: Just do it?!’ aims to bring the resilience discussion a step forward: from ‘defining’ resilience to ‘doing’ resilience – from concept to action while keeping a critical lens on ethical, social and political issues at stake. The further aim is to bring researchers and practitioners with different (levels of) expertise together to discuss the ways they conceptualize and use resilience. The international workshop ‘Resilience: Just do it?!’ provides space for both, making a start with ‘doing’ resilience as well as critically discussing it and is therefore divided into two interconnected parts: 1) a more practice -oriented field trip and interactive working sessions part and 2) a theory-oriented presentation and discussion part.

You can find more information on the webpage

Groningen City of Talent

European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems

European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems 
Carlos Costa (Author, Editor)Emese Panyik (Editor)Dimitrios Buhalis
Product details
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Channel View Publications (4 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845414322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845414320

Branding Chinese Mega-Cities

Branding Chinese Mega-Cities

Branding Chinese Mega-Cities

Policies, Practices and Positioning
Edited by Per Olof Berg and Emma Björner, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden

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:...