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EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication

We will be there

​The fifth edition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication, will take place on 15 and 16 October 2014 in Brussels.
It will bring together communication managers and senior experts of local, regional, national and European authorities. Over 700 colleagues from all EU member states are expected at this networking event. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops will focus on major challenges in both EU and public communication. 


17 plenary and thematic sessions will give the floor to more than 60 expert speakers. The focus of this 5th EuroPCom conference will be on innovation and creativity in government communication and on the future of communicating Europe.
All programme updates will be published on this web site, and announced on the social media pages of EuroPCom (on Twitter: @EuroPCom2014 or #europcom and on Linkedin).


Registration is possible until 6 October 2014 (eob), by using the online registration form. Priority will be given to stakeholders from public authorities.

Conference partners

EuroPCom is organised by the EU Committee of the Regions, in partnership with theEuropean Parliament, the Italian EU Presidency 2014, the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014

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Reframing the ‘creative city’ through tailored and context-sensitive policies - City - Volume 18, Issue 4-5

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Reframing the creative city

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Journal CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy,action

Oliveira, Eduardo (2014). "Reframing the ‘creative city’ through tailored and
context-sensitive policies." City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18:4-5, 598-602, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2014.939510


18 September 2014


Dear Eduardo,


Conference Announcement and Call for Papers





4th -6th FEBRUARY 2015, RIGA, LATVIA


In 2013, the budgetary and regulatory reform of Cohesion policy for 2014-20 was finally agreed following the most extensive process of reflection, consultation and analysis in the history of the policy. The cornerstones of the reformed policy are a more strategic use of the renamed European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concentration of spending on the objectives of Europe 2020, improved performance and achievement of results, better governance, and more attention to urban and local development. However, as the recently published Sixth Cohesion Report makes clear, the new ESIF programmes face a difficult task, with increasing regional and urban disparities and cuts in government spending.

Against this background, the Second EU Cohesion Policy Conference organised by the RSA and DG Regio, together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, aims to take stock of the challenges and opportunities for Cohesion policy in 2014-20. It will bring together a limited number of participants from academia, the European institutions and Member State authorities to debate where Cohesion policy is going and how its contribution to growth and jobs can be maximised.

Papers are invited on the following questions and themes which will form the basis for workshop sessions, panel debates and discussion groups at the Conference.

1. Economic geography and Cohesion policy: how are the economic and social challenges for European Structural & Investment Funds changing?

  • the implications of the crisis for regional and urban disparities and convergence in Europe
  • the contributions and limits of Cohesion policy in dealing with the crisis and its legacy
  • the regional dimensions of Europe 2020 and the scope for the Funds to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
  • the role of the funds in addressing youth unemployment

2. Institutions and governance: what can Cohesion policy do to strengthen public administration and effective management of the Funds?

  • administrative reform, capacity-building and Cohesion policy
  • strategic management and delivery of Cohesion policy programmes
  • integration of Funds and policy outcomes
  • the scope for conditionalities to improve the policy environment for the Funds

3. Performance and results: how can Cohesion policy resources be used most effectively and efficiently?

  • the achievements of Structural and Cohesion Funds in 2007-13
  • the contribution of performance frameworks to transparency and accountability
  • improving methods for Cohesion policy evaluation

4. Instruments: what kind of Cohesion policy interventions make a difference?

  • the role of financial instruments in improving access to finance in less-developed regions
  • the use of integrated investments to promote sustainable urban development
  • lessons from local and community development for 2014-20
  • improving the visibility of results from European Territorial Cooperation programmes and projects

5. EU economic governance and Cohesion policy: what are the implications of governance reforms for Cohesion policy

  • the relationships between Cohesion policy and EU macroeconomic governance objectives
  • inter-institutional relations in economic governance and Cohesion policy
  • scenarios for economic and monetary union and implications for Cohesion policy

Submission of papers
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 500-word abstract through the Regional Studies Association online portal (https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=120) by31 October 2014.  Given the purpose and audience of the conference, the abstracts should demonstrate policy implications or lessons insofar as possible. 
Proposers will be notified of the selected papers by 30 November 2014, with the expectation of a full paper being submitted by 11 January 2015.

Conference organisation
It should be noted that the organisation of the Conference is being managed jointly by the RSA, DG Regio and the Latvian EU Presidency.
Academic organiser: Professor John Bachtler, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK 
RSA organiser: Daniela Carl, Emaildaniela.carl@regionalstudies.org

Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell atelizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.orgfor further details and questions regarding this event or visit the conference’s website athttp://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/challenges-for-the-new-cohesion-policy-in-2014-2020-an-academic-and-policy

Best regards
The RSA Team



16 September 2014

Early Career Editor to its journal REGIONAL STUDIES

The Regional Studies Association seeks to appoint an Early Career Editor to its journal REGIONAL STUDIES.

This appointment will work alongside the main editorial team in fulfilling their duties. It is anticipated that an early appointment will be made to this post and the successful applicant will take up their duties immediately. The position is mentored by the Editor in Chief Ivan Turok, and will provide an exceptional insight into the publishing process.

Further details are available here.

Closing date: No later than 5pm(UK time) Friday, 31st October 2014.

We would be very grateful if you could distribute this Call to anyone who you feel would be interested and suitable.

Many thanks and best wishes,



Daniela Carl
Development Manager
Regional Studies Association
25 Clinton Place
Seaford BN25 1NP
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EuroPCom 2014: share your expertise in public and EU communication


EuroPCom 2014: More than 60 speakers confirmed


More than 60 politicians and experts have confirmed their participation at the 5thedition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication. The conference will welcome, among many others, Herman Van Rompuy (President of the European Council), Sandro Gozi (Italian State Secretary for Europe), Michel Lebrun(President of the Committee of the Regions), Jacques Séguéla (founding father of the French advertising industry),Dietmar Dahmen (advertising expert) andJoakim Jardenberg (internet adviser and business angel).


An updated programme with an overview of the speakers and selected case studies is now available on the EuroPCom conference website:www.cor.europa.eu/europcom


EuroPCom gathers every year over 700 communication experts from EU, national, regional and local authorities, to take part in a selection of lectures, debates and interactive workshops and share their views and experiences on major challenges in EU communication and government communication. Registration is still possible until 6 October 2014 (eob), by using the online form on the conference website. Priority will be given to stakeholders from public authorities.


You can also join the debate on Linkedin,Facebook and Twitter.


Reconnecting Europe with its citizens: more and better communication at local level


The EU Committee of the Regions is drawing up an opinion on “Reconnecting Europe with its citizens". The opinion will set out recommendations from Europe’s regions and cities on the future communication strategy of the EU institutions: a greater role for local and regional EU communicators, more dialogue with and among the citizens, a better coordination among the EU institutions. The draft opinion is now published online.


During the EuroPCom conferenceChristophe Rouillon, who is responsible for drafting the opinion, will present the main findings and proposals and discuss them with communicators and policy experts from the regions.


Have your say on the future communication and participation strategy of the EU institutions!


EuroPCom ends with a unique "Unconference" on Open Policy Making


On Thursday 16 October afternoon, following on from the EuroPCom conference, the Democratic Society is holding an unconference about open policymaking in Europe.


Making policy in an open way is a very different way of making policy. It is about including the wisdom of those outside government. The democratic sector and progressive governments and institutions are working together to break new ground in how this can, could and will be done now and in future decades. At the unconference participants can talk about their own projects or potential new ones, simply sit and listen, or connect with people working at the forefront of opening up the policy and decision making process.


More information, and link to a specific registration form for this unconference isavailable online.




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2014 Masterclasses in Place Management, Marketing and Branding

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2014 Masterclasses in Place Management, Marketing and Branding

Make better places with the latest thinking from experts.

2-4th October 2014

The Institute of Place Management atManchester Metropolitan University is running a series of one day masterclasses, aimed at practitioners, policy makers and place stakeholders who want to access the latest thinking in place management, marketing and branding.

Our masterclasses are delivered by academic tutors and experienced practitioners who are internationally recognised experts in their field.

Priced at just £300 per class, and available in Manchester or remotely, by webinar, the classes represent excellent value for money.  Previous delegates have told us

“IPM’s masterclasses offered insight into how others are applying best practice place management… and into the types of strategies which could engender sustainable and resilient place outcomes” (Urban Design Consultant, Australia).

“Studying place management made me think in greater detail than ever before about how I do my job. I have learnt many new skills which I brought back to my local centre and applied straight away” (Town Centre Manager, UK)

“It was very important for me to confirm that in many countries the problems but also the causes of the degeneration of urban areas are the same and find some new formulas for our cities”.(Policy maker, Cyprus)

The three one-day Masterclasses are:

Place Management — 2 October 2014
What forces shape place change and how should we respond?

Addressing the need identified by the Institute of Place Management to equip place managers with the skills and knowledge to anticipate and adapt to change, this masterclass will explore the political, economic, social, technological and environmental change that affect places, as well as investigating the changing nature of retail and consumer trends.

Led by Professor Cathy Parker, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Place Management and Development, this Masterclass will study the ‘big picture’, urbanisation, globalisation, changing demographics, e-commerce and climate change — as well focussing on as how places react, in terms of their adaptability and resilience as well as their development strategies, including the management of change.

The Masterclass will also explore the development of place management — from its academic roots in geography and business — introducing delegates to key principles, definitions and theories, which will help them understand the practical challenges inherent in managing places, such as the contested nature of place and the importance of concepts such as place attachment.

Finally, the skills and behaviours of successful place managers will be scrutinised, enabling delegates to plan their future professional development in the area, to help ensure they have the right skills and knowledge to manage place change.

Book online

Location : Sandra Burslum Building 1.01

Place Marketing — 3 October 2014
How do we capture the distinctiveness of places and communicate effectively?

As part of the drive by the Institute of Place Management to equip place managers with the skills and knowledge to develop places that meet the needs of users and promote uniqueness, this Masterclass will explore the development of place marketing — from simple place promotion to place co-creation.

Led by Ojay McDonald, an Associate Lecturer in Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and an experienced place communications expert, the importance of social media and public relations in place marketing will also be covered as well as the development and curation of digital place identity. Practical support in social media strategy development and PR will be on offer.

Co-delivered by Professor Cathy Parker, a range of urban and rural place marketing practices will be deconstructed, allowing delegates to critically evaluate the impact place marketing has on places, both positive (e.g. inward investment and resident satisfaction) and negative (e.g. commodification and gentrification). A critical appreciation of place marketing is crucial if places want to communicate distinctive benefits and reduce the risk of producing standardised or divisive place imagery.

Book online

Location: New Business School, Postgraduate Seminar Room 2

Place Branding — 4 October 2014
What works best in place branding?

Responding to the global trend to use place branding as a tool for place improvement, the Masterclass in Place Branding will be led by Dr Ares Kalandides, an internationally renowned expert on place branding.

The Masterclass will explore the development of place branding within an economic development context, introducing delegates to key concepts such as place hierarchy and power.

This Masterclass will also cover practices such as reputation management whilst taking a critical look at KPIs and place league tables. Finally, a number of place branding case-studies will be explored, enabling delegates to understand what works in place branding.

Book online

Location: New Business School, Postgraduate Seminar Room 2

The masterclasses form part of our postgraduate awards so delegates can also choose to register for the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master of Science (MSc) in Place Management.

The workshops will run from 10-4 at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK.

Please contact us directly if you would like to participate by webinar so we can check you have the necessary equipment before you register online.

If you wish to discuss the masterclasses or qualifications please contact the Course Leader Professor Cathy Parker c.parker@mmu.ac.uk

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