31 October 2014

Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference

Dear students & early careers thank you so much for enthusiastically attending the Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014 in Sheffield. Your inputs are of valuable importance towards regions and cities where everybody fits in, where every human being can work, live, play and dream. A follow up of the core discussions will be published in our blog.

28 October 2014

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to inform you that the 2016 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award is currently open for applications. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2015. The application form and related information are available on the EER web page: www.cor.europa.eu/eer

What is the EER Award?
The EER award identifies and rewards EU territories with outstanding future oriented entrepreneurial strategies that are realised through concrete and measurable actions contributing to the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe through actions demonstrating optimal use of public fundingirrespective of the territory's size, wealth and competences. The territories with the most visible, credible, forward- looking and promising political vision are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region 2016” (EER).

Who can apply?
All EU territories below the level of the Member State that are endowed with competences at a political level and able to implement an overall entrepreneurial vision are welcome to participate. Within the EER scheme, "regions" are defined in the broadest sense, including communities, autonomous communities, departments, Länder, provinces, counties, metropolitan areas, large cities, as well as cross-border territories with legal personality such as EGTCs and Euroregions.

EER Info Day
On the 23 October an EER Info Day was organized in order to disseminate information about the new EER scheme andprovide practical advice to potential applicants. The event can be watched again here. All the related material can be downloaded at the event's website.

Please submit your application for the EER 2016 label, together with a written declaration of political commitment, by email to:eer-cdr@cor.europa.eu
Deadline for applications: Monday 16 March 2015

More information:          www.cor.europa.eu/eer

27 October 2014

RSA’s Early Career Conference in Sheffield

With only three days to go before the RSA’s Early Career Conference in Sheffield, we could like to remind you again the Students & Early Career Social Event.
Theme: ‘Pros & Cons of Publishing in Open Access'
Date & Time: 17.00-17.45, 30th Oct (Thursday)
Venue: ICOSS, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Conference Room
Drink Reception: Foyer
GPS: 53°22'51.9"N 1°28'52.0"W

5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence

1. Stay away from negativity and bring on the positivity
This is the time to really evaluate your inner circle, including friends and family. This is a tough one, but it's time to seriously consider getting away from those individuals who put you down and shred your confidence. Even a temporary break from Debbie Downer can make a huge difference and help you make strides toward more self-confidence.
Be positive, even if you're not feeling it quite yet. Put some positive enthusiasm into your interactions with others and hit the ground running, excited to begin your next project. Stop focusing on the problems in your life and instead begin to focus on solutions and making positive changes.
2. Change your body language and image
This is where posture, smiling, eye contact, and speech slowly come into play. Just the simple act of pulling your shoulders back gives others the impression that you are a confident person. Smiling will not only make you feel better, but will make others feel more comfortable around you. Imagine a person with good posture and a smile and you'll be envisioning someone who is self-confident.
Look at the person you are speaking to, not at your shoes--keeping eye contact shows confidence. Last, speak slowly. Research has proved that those who take the time to speak slowly and clearly feel more self-confidence and appear more self-confident to others. The added bonus is they will actually be able to understand what you are saying.
Go the extra mile and style your hair, give yourself a clean shave, and dress nicely. Not only will this make you feel better about yourself, but others are more likely to perceive you as successful and self-confident as well. A great tip: When you purchase a new outfit, practice wearing it at home first to get past any wardrobe malfunctions before heading out.
3. Don't accept failure and get rid of the negative voices in your head
Never give up. Never accept failure. There is a solution to everything, so why would you want to throw in the towel? Make this your new mantra. Succeeding through great adversity is a huge confidence booster.
Low self-confidence is often caused by the negative thoughts running through our minds on an endless track. If you are constantly bashing yourself and saying you're not good enough, aren't attractive enough, aren't smart enough or athletic enough, and on and on, you are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are becoming what you are preaching inside your head, and that's not good. The next time you hear that negativity in your head, switch it immediately to a positive affirmation and keep it up until it hits the caliber of a self-confidence boost.
4. Be prepared
Learn everything there is to know about your field, job, presentation--whatever is next on your "to conquer" list. If you are prepared, and have the knowledge to back it up, your self-confidence will soar.
5. For tough times, when all else fails: Create a great list
Life is full of challenges and there are times when it's difficult to keep our self-confidence up. Sit down right now and make a list of all the things in your life that you are thankful for, and another list of all the things you are proud of accomplishing. Once your lists are complete, post them on your refrigerator door, on the wall by your desk, on your bathroom mirror--somewhere where you can easily be reminded of what an amazing life you have and what an amazing person you really are. If you feel your self-confidence dwindling, take a look at those lists and let yourself feel and be inspired all over again by you.

22 October 2014

Call for Papers: Place Management & Branding Conference 2015

Call for Papers: Place Management & Branding Conference 2015
We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Institute of Place Management Conference will be held at Poznań University of Economics (Faculty of Management) on the 6th-8th May 2015 in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, Poznań University of Economics and Stockholm University (Stockholm Programme of Place Branding). Deadline for Abstract submission is the 15th of November! So hurry up! 

16 October 2014

Place Management and Branding Conference – Poznan – 5th-8th May 2015

Conference call for papers from Journal of Place Management and Development

We are delighted to announce the 3rd Institute of Place Management Conference will be held at Poznan University of Economics (Faculty of Management) on the 6th-8th May in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Stockholm University (Stockholm Program of Place Branding).  The Conference Chair is Dr Magdalena Florek.

The title of the conference is “Sustainability, liveability and connectivity” and the three main themes of the conference will be place management, place brand management and the influence of global trends on specific places. 
There will be a special issue of the Journal of Place Management and Development containing the best papers from the conference.
Academic and practitioner contributions are welcome.
Key Dates:
1 November 2014 - Deadline for abstract submission
1 January 2015 - Review announced
1 March 2015 - Full paper submission deadline

For more details see www.placemanagement2015.pl

- See more at: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=5735#sthash.jrL5lHYF.E0Eam4gC.dpuf

14 October 2014

Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference in Sheffield

Dear colleagues attending the next Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference in Sheffield, UK (30th – 31st of October 2014),
Thank you for registering for the Regional Studies Association event in Sheffield. While you are preparing your presentation, we would like to draw your attention to another exciting ***Students & Early Careers Social Event***, organised between 17.00-17.45 (Thursday 30th) dedicated to the
*********Pros & Cons of Publishing in Open Access*********
The event comprises:
***a ‘Warm-up exercise’***
1) The Editor-in-Chief of RSA’s open access Journal – Regional Studies Regional Science – will give you an overall picture of how this open access journal is running;
2) The Editor of the Early Career Section will provide more detail on how students and early careers could benefit from publishing in this open access journal.
***An enthusiastic ‘Debating forum’***
We will open the floor and discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of open access publications.
***And a vibrant and friendly reception***
Snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the social event. You are more than welcome to follow the conversation of the formal session, networking with other colleagues, or simply enjoy the atmosphere.
Your participation and contribution is the key to the success of our Students and Early Career Social Event. We look forward to seeing you there in this special session.
Sincerely yours RSA,
Julie Tian Miao
(Early Career Representative)
Eduardo Oliveira
(Student Representative)

8 October 2014

Constructing cross-border advantage: a joint branding strategy for Galicia and northern Portugal

Abstract only - to be presented at the Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference, Sheffield, 2014

Constructing cross-border advantage: a joint branding strategy for Galicia and northern Portugal

Eduardo Oliveira*
Department of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen, Netherlands

This article adopts a constructed advantage approach to a potential joint cross-border branding strategy to position and give visibility to Galicia and northern Portugal (GNP). Bearing in mind the approval of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation GNP, the publication of the Joint Investment Programme 2014-2020, the mismatch of styles of government and the current socio-economic scenario, the article sheds light on the empirical significance of a branding strategy through cross-border relatedness, knowledge-base and policy platforms. The findings reveal the key-economic domains in which GNP excels. Their combination is likely to generate spillovers, thus constructing cross-border advantage and a unique branding-storyline.


The purpose of this article is to stimulate discussion on interregional place branding. It discusses the development of place branding across administrative border-regions, bringing together concepts of (un)related variety, knowledge-bases and policy-platforms, central to the idea of constructing regional advantage.

Keywords constructing regional advantage, cross-border, Galicia, northern Portugal, place branding.

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Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination


Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination

  1. Eduardo Henrique da Silva Oliveira e.h.da.silva.oliveira@rug.nl
    1. Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen
  2. Emese Panyik
    1. Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal


Content generated by tourists, travellers, professional travel bloggers and travel journalists who post, comment and share information on social media channels is arguably the greatest digital challenge of destination branding today. The tourist-/traveller-generated content is likely to generate brand value if integrated into the destination branding strategy. There is, however, a lack of theoretical awareness and empirical research into the role of social media content in shaping destination brands. By taking Portugal as a case study, this exploratory research is aimed to show how content analysis can be used to identify and understand the way tourists and travellers perceive the country as a tourist destination. The application of this methodology on online material could contribute to a refined destination branding initiative for Portugal by integrating user-generated and travel experts content into the strategy. It applies textual content analysis by using qualitative data analysis software (i.e. ATLAS.ti 7.0), within an interpretative paradigm, on tourism-oriented online publications in which the tourism potential of Portugal has been discussed. The findings highlight the tourist/traveller as an opinion maker with access to a plethora of information communication technologies to act as co-creators of brands. Therefore, it is wise to engage them and strategically integrate the content they generate into the whole destination branding effort.

7 October 2014

Urban Studies Table of Contents for November 2014; Vol. 51, No. 14

Charlotte Lemanski

Hyun Bang Shin

Melanie Bedore

Donald McNeill

Lauren Wagner and Claudio Minca

Joaquim Rius Ulldemolins

Anna Barker

Michele Lancione

Reid Ewing, Shima Hamidi, Frank Gallivan, Arthur C Nelson, and James B Grace

Michaela Benson
Book reviews
Eric Zeemering

Anthony Levenda

Kat Martindale

Angus Paddison

6 October 2014

26-27 November: Conference on Innovation Procurement

The European Commission wishes the EGTC Platform to be informed about the following event:

On 26 and 27 November 2014 a high level conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the auspices of the Italian Presidency in Milan that is co-organized by the European Commission and the Lombardy Region/Italy. The aim of the conference is to bring together procurers and key stakeholders from several domains of public interest to discuss possible collaborations and networking in view of the H2020 calls in 2015 on Innovation Procurement.

Public procurement that accounts for some 19% of GDP in the European Union represents an enormous potential market for innovative products and services, offering a powerful leverage for the modernization of public sector and for the competitiveness and growth of the European industry.

In addition, through Innovation Procurement the public sector in Europe has an opportunity to drive Innovation form the demand side with the aim to tackle challenge and to enhance, at lower cost, the public services.

With regard to Innovation Procurement, the Programme Horizon 2020 foresees an eminent role for the EGTCs. As the unique characteristics of that legal entity reflect the European dimension that is necessary for the European projects there is an exception provided for EGTCs that allows them to participate in H2020 Innovation Procurement projects as sole participants. According to H2020 rules a consortium, comprised of at least 3 beneficiaries from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries of which 2 of them should be contracting authorities (as defined by the Procurement Directives) from 2 different Member States or Associated Countries, is required to be formed in order to be  eligible to implement an Innovation Procurement project . However there is an exception for the EGTCs regarding this rule. EGTCs are eligible only as sole participants provided that they meet the above mentioned criteria and they have the responsibility to purchase R&D services or innovative solutions on behalf of the contracting authorities represented by those EGTCs.               
The European Commission strongly recommends the participation to that event to be informed about the unique co-funding opportunities offered to the EGTCs in the framework of the H2020 Innovation Procurement calls. Moreover information will be shared about the synergies between the ESIF and H2020 on Innovation Procurement in view also to the new EU Procurement Directives that facilitate the joint procurements execution in Europe.

Best regards,

The EGTC team 

Branding Chinese Mega-Cities

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:...