28 November 2014

The Tourism Potential of Northern Portugal and Its Relevance for a Regional Branding Strategy

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Find enclosed: Oliveira, Eduardo (2014), The Tourism Potential of Northern Portugal and Its Relevance for a Regional Branding Strategy, 2(2): 54-78. URL: http://www.ahtrjournal.org/admin/dosyalar/8/AHTR,2(2)-5.pdf


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27 November 2014

Regional Studies Association

The Regional Studies Blog: Paving the way to the career turning point with op...: This is a guest post by RSA Student Representative, Eduardo Ol i veira. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in strategic spatial planning

25 November 2014

Fourth International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries

Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives

April 16 – 17, 2015

Riga, Latvia

Conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers, Baltic Controlling Institute and Employers' Confederation of Latvia.
The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. The conference programme includes opening plenary session, parallel sessions. All abstracts are reviewed by two reviewers and papers included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. Conference language is English.
The work of the conference will be organized on following topics but not limited to:
1. Project management in public administration,
2. Problems and solutions in EU funds Project management (implementation),
3. Public-Private-Partnership project management,
4. Investment project management,
5. Culture project management,
6. IT project management,
7. Construction project management,
8. Renewable Energy Projects,
9. Social project management,
10. Standards on project management,
11. Professional education and science in Project management,
12. Capacity of organization in project management,
13. Project Accounting and Auditing,
14. New directions and findings in project management theory,
15. Project Controlling,
16. Project Risk Management,
17. Project Finance.
18. Social aspects in Project management,
19. Marketing, Innovations, Creativity in Project management.
Sections will be designed according to themes of submitted abstracts.

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24 November 2014

Country Brand Index 2014-15

Source and authorship - FutureBrand 2014

The Country Brand Index 2014-15 report includes an overall ranking of the 75 countries, rankings by dimension, complete perception dashboards for the top five country brands, regional leaders and averages and 'ones to watch' for the future. It will be of primary value to country brand managers, tourism, trade and investment experts keen to understand the levers they can pull for competitive advantage. But it also provides valuable insights for professional brand managers and leaders seeking to further harness country of origin associations for corporate and consumer brands.



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An Introduction to the Country Brand Index 2014-15

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Urban Studies Table of Contents for December 2014; Vol. 51, No. 16

John F McDonald

Verena Dill and Uwe Jirjahn

Jochen Hirschle and Tuuli-Marja Kleiner

Mandy de Wilde, Menno Hurenkamp, and Evelien Tonkens

Sergio Porta, Ombretta Romice, J Alexander Maxwell, Peter Russell, and Darren Baird

Raktim Mitra, Guy EJ Faulkner, Ron N Buliung, and Michelle R Stone

Shohei Nakamura

Ralph Horne and Tony Dalton

Hong Hu, Stan Geertman, and Pieter Hooimeijer

Gabriel Fauveaud
Book reviews
Laura Barraclough

Samer Bagaeen

Caren J Frost

Robert Cassanello

23 November 2014

Urban planning 2030

Urban planning ideas for 2030, when billions will live in megacities http://t.co/5zgK4bZoHL

21 November 2014

reblogged - City Nation Place – New Place Branding Survey

PlacesBrands is excited to announce our collaboration with City Nation Place for a new research survey of the place branding industry. 
The goal is to benchmark best practice within the industry, and bring together a diverse range of people and organisations involved in place branding, placemaking, tourism marketing, inward investment, and events management. 
While there are numerous indices published each year for the strongest country brand, the most attractive destination brand or the best cities to live and work in, these do not often help us to understand how to improve place branding strategies.
We’d like to invite you to participate in the survey, which is designed to provide a clearer picture of the priorities and investment plans of your colleagues working on place branding strategies for countries, regions or cities around the world. Whether you are working in government, or for a marketing or promotion board, we are interested in understanding more about your challenges: completing the survey will take no longer than ten minutes. All your responses will be treated as confidential and anonymised data.
  • Are cities, regions and states prioritising collaboration or competition with their neighbours to increase trade, investment and tourism?
  • How are other governments, city councils and regional authorities balancing internal and external communication strategies?
  • How are the best brand leadership teams structured?
  • In which regions of the world will cities, nations and places be planning the greatest investment in a place branding strategy?
Complete the survey before 19 December and we will be happy to share the results of the survey with you, to give you an insight into these questions and many more.
WIN AN IPAD MINI: Once you have completed the survey, you have the opportunity to enter our prize draw to win an iPad Mini, a perfect gift for you or a friend or loved one, just on time for the festive season. 

Take the survey HERE:

CITY NATION PLACE is a new initiative for benchmarking best practice in place branding which will bring together national, regional and city government leaders, heads of tourism and investment boards, heads of trade and those responsible for bidding to host international sporting and cultural events. Joining the discussion will be the public affairs, marketing advisors and consultants who have developed specialist knowledge to ensure that their government clients achieve their key objectives, as well as the media owners who provide the platform for communication of place brands.

And this is what Africa might have looked like.

What if the Black Plague had killed off almost all Europeans? Then the Reconquista never happens. Spain and Portugal don't kickstart Europe's colonization of other continents. And this is what Africa might have looked like.

20 November 2014

Paving the way to the career turning point with open access publishing - reblogged


This is a guest post by RSA Student Representative, Eduardo Oliveira. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in strategic spatial planning & place branding at the Department of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Almost twenty days after the RSA early career conference I found myself in a moment of reflection and mental-planning towards 2015, a turning year in my career. In that chilly November afternoon my thoughts were divided between the need to accomplish my tasks as a last year PhD student and prepare my next steps in my career. Inspired by the words Sally Hardly (RSA Chief Executive) and the Regional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS) editorial team, represented by the editor-in-chief Alasdair Rae and the co-editorPaul Braidford, have shared with the RSA community in Sheffield I have turned my face to the screen and started typing the draft that would become my second contribution to RSRS. However, this post is less about my doubts or the uncertainty regarding my future career, but is more about why I have chosen, for the second time, RSRS open access journal to showcase my research? I hope my perspectives on academic open access publishing, the experience with the Regional Studies, Regional Science Early Career Mentored Route and the ideas we have shared in Sheffield during the Student & Early Career Session: Pros & Cons of Publishing in Open Access will inspire other students and early careers.

Perspectives on open access publishing

I strongly believe that my fellow academic colleagues are familiarized with open access publishing. There are several forums already discussing the idea as well as a plethora of media channels contributing to the discussion, including this blog. I have been also expanding my browser bookmarks with several links. For instance, Curt Rice, vice president for research and development at the University of Tromsø (Norway) already discussed four ways in which open access publishing enhances academic freedom and Harvard University ‘wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls’, while some academics protested against some profit-oriented publishing houses.Important policies have emerged from the National Institutes of Health, the European Commission and the UK Research Councils, to mention a few prominent examples. On this very blog, Paul Benneworth is debating the RSRS open access journal, clarifying how researchers can maximise and give visibility to their work. My perspective is that open access publishing is a fair, friendly and inclusive platform to create, develop and share knowledge. Ideas that matter to envisioning better places, better lives, better ways to address multiple contemporary issues, from regional studies to neuroscience. I often remember my experience as an Erasmus student in Southeast Asia. Despite the great facilities of my host university I struggled to access top journals, as did most of my colleagues. With open access the papers are freely available at the point of use and in perpetuity to everyone, everywhere from Europe to Asia. By delivering knowledge to every human being, open access journals are fair and inclusive and some of these use a mentored route to support their contributors, which makes the process friendly and the reviews move towards a constructive-oriented approach to academic publishing. The RSA’s open access flagship journal RSRS is one of those journals.

Sharing experiences with RSRS 

As I said, I recently submitted my second contribution to RSRS journal. Both contributions are part of my PhD topic in strategic spatial planning and regional branding. If in the first paper I experiment the idea of constructing regional advantage in a cross border context, the second aims to build empirical evidence over a regional branding strategy.  The valuable and insightful comments I have received from the editorial team and the corresponding editor helped me to polish the paper and bring it to a greater level. Furthermore, I am fully aware that every single citizen in my research area can download and read my articles. Eventually, those who will read it can share it through social media for example, and send critics, new perspectives back to me. My knowledge regarding certain geography and specific spatial issues will be enhanced and my research will expand, paving the way to additional publications - a clear ‘win-win’ situation! Societies will benefit from empirical-oriented research, while scholars will bridge the gap between theory and practice. As final remarks, Regional Studies, Regional Science benefits from the prestige of the Regional Studies Association and the highly reputed editorial team, qualities that increase the value and visibility to any paper published.

Paving the way to the career turning point

Having a paper published in a high quality journal and with open access can boost the academic career of students and early careers. I am sure that scholars agree that the longer their words are accessible and visible, the greater their potential contribution and impact. An example might be helpful here. For instance, the paper published on  December 16th 2013 by RSRS - Mobilizing leadership in cities and regions, a regional study by Andrew Beer and Terry Clower, has 2621 views (information collected on  November 19th2014). This is an excellent performance! Articles published in open access, accessible through a wide range of research databases can maximise and give visibility to research, lighting a PhD trajectory and open up career perspectives, from academia to policy-making.

Are you an open access supporter? Do you agree with my perspectives? Let the RSA community know by comment or writing a follow up post. For more information in how to submit a paper proposal to RSRS clickhere.  

The Regional Studies Blog: Paving the way to the career turning point with op...

The Regional Studies Blog: Paving the way to the career turning point with op...:

This is a guest post by RSA Student Representative, Eduardo Oliveira. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in strategic spatial planning & place branding at the Department of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

19 November 2014

Rebel county, smart city - reblogged


he smart city concept has been greatly overused and it’s all getting rather dull.
But one Irish city is reinterpreting the whole idea of ‘smart’ to draw on its own set of strengths and assets.
Check out  CityMetric here.

17 November 2014

Rethinking Place Branding

Coming soon

Rethinking Place Branding: Comprehensive Brand Development for Cities and Regions Hardcover – January 14, 2015
by Mihalis Kavaratzis (Editor), Gary Warnaby (Editor), Gregory Ashworth (Editor) 

Ongoing work

The Regional Studies Blog: Early Career Research on Regional Development in S...

The Regional Studies Blog: Early Career Research on Regional Development in S...: This is a guest post by Dr. Marijana Sumpor. She is the RSRS ECP Abstract Manager & Editor and RSA Ambassador for Croatia. Marijana is ...

Book review: Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

INBOX me for PDF Book review: Good , Better How Discovered the Lost Art of




Please consider contributing to the conference

taking place in Hasselt (Belgium) from 21-22nd May 2015.
Deadline for abstracts: Nov 17

The conference is addressing the role of design, social media and technology in triggering people to engage in spatial issues – either as an individual or as a group. We welcome full and exploratory papers. All papers will double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in an online conference proceedings. A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume via the inPlanning platform (http://www.inplanning.eu)

More information: http://www.uhasselt.be/conference-fostering-civic-self-organisation

15 November 2014

11 November 2014

Book review: Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

Book review: Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

Peter Hall Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of UrbanismRoutledgeAbingdon and New York2013356 pp.: 978 0 415 84022 4,£34.00/US$55.95 (pbk)
  1. Eduardo Oliveira
  1. University of Groningen, the Netherlands
With contributions from Nicholas Falk, founder Director of the URBED, Peter Hall’s new book, Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism, is a critical, rigorous and deeply researched account of how to create better cities and towns in which citizens can live, work and play. In addition, the book adds much to the practice of urban planning, just as an emerging urban world and third wave of cities take shape on the global landscape (Scott, 2012). It provides lessons for countries facing urban dilemmas, social inequalities and spatial challenges. Emerging cities, intrinsically intertwined with complex globalisation processes, which bind them ever more tightly together as mutually dependent nodes, are facing a bewildering urban illness. The third-wave of urbanisation (Scott, 2012) causes spatial issues such as traffic congestion, pollution, high land consumption, a shortage of affordable housing, insufficient infrastructures and difficulty in locating sewage and waste treatment plants. These features are the new urban questions that Brenner (2000) refers to, and which government authorities seem unable to address (Balducci et al., 2011). Peter Hall associates some of these urban complexities with urban Britain. The author states that efforts to generate growth, and spread it to the poorer areas of cities in the UK, have failed dismally. Britain, which a century and half ago became the first urban nation, has now become the first to lead an ‘anti-urbanisation counter-revolution’ (p. 3).
Peter Hall has been debating that British planners have steadily slipped backwards in the art of urbanism. Britain’s European neighbours such as Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and France have overtaken the UK in the art of planning and designing good cities. Following an analysis of Britain’s current failings, he takes (…)

Urban Studies Table of Contents for January 2015; Vol. 52, No. 1

Emily McGirr, Andrejs Skaburskis, and Tim Spence Donegani

Heeyeun Yoon and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Meredith Greif

Kelly Main and Gerardo Francisco Sandoval

Merle Zwiers and Ferry Koster

Christopher Mele, Megan Ng, and May Bo Chim

Jing Song

Wen-Chi Liao, Daxuan Zhao, Li Ping Lim, and Grace Khei Mie Wong

Mi Diao

Annelise Grube-Cavers and Zachary Patterson
Book reviews
Tim Bunnell

Eduardo Oliveira

Lily M Hoffman

Richard Cimino
Books received

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:...