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Regional Studies, Regional Science: 2014 in review (part I)

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Andrew Beer; Terry Clower (2014) Mobilizing leadership in cities and regions,
Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1:1, 5-20.

Ed Manley (2014) Identifying functional urban regions within traffic flow,
Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1:1, 40-42.

Ana Rita Cruz (2014) Tourism, creativity and talent: breaking Algarve’s tourism
lock-in, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1:1, 138-144.

Sarah Ayres (2014) Place-based leadership: reflections on scale, agency and
theory, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1:1, 21-24.

Alasdair Rae; Alex Singleton (2014) Open access and Regional Studies,
Regional Science, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1:1, 1-4.…

Place Branding & Strategic Spatial Planning: 2014 in review

Herewith my 2014 contributions to the place branding & strategic spatial planning debate as well as some reflections on the 'creative city' and today's urban planning practice published in various top academic journals.  If you are interested, please email me and I will send you the PDF.
Thank you for being an attentive reader and an enthusiast commentator 

​ Oliveira, Eduardo & Panyik, Emese (2015). Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination.Journal of Vacation Marketing, 21(1): 53-74.  Abstract 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…

A Strategic Spatial Planning Approach to Cross-Border Place Branding with references to Galicia and Northern Portugal

Forthcoming book chapter

Abstract This chapter adopts a strategic spatial planning approach to think strategically about potential joint place branding initiatives between cross-border regions. The case study focuses on the extended cross-border European region composed of the NUTS 3 Minho-Lima, Cávado, Ave, Grande Porto, Tâmega, Entre Douro e Vouga, Douro,and Alto Trás-os-Montes of Northern Portugal and the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense,and Pontevedra of the Autonomous Community of Galicia in northwest Spain. 
Bearing in mind the mismatch of styles of regional government systems, the approval by the European Commission of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Galicia-North Portugal, and the current socio-economic environment, this chapter discusses the possibility of joining forces, procedures and strategic tools in order to enhance the reputation and give visibility to this European regional conurbation. In addition, this chapter intends to shed some light on the emp…

Place branding debate: 2014 in review

Herewith our 2014 contributions to the place branding debate published in a blog edited and curated by Samantha North,

Shifting the tide: city branding in today’s urban planning In this post I will briefly outline these dominant urban trends and discuss how place branding can bring more creativity, enthusiasm and coolness to urban planning practice.
Scoring goals, building brands In my last post, I shared my thoughts on country and city brand rankings. Now, I want to debate the entanglements of another competition, the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The winner takes it all: City brand rankings 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 …

50 years of the Regional Studies Association

Dear Students & Early Careers, 
we would like to thank your support during 2014. It was great to feel your enthusiasm during conferences and social events. After a great year, we wish you all season’s greetings. 

We look forward to see you in 2015 and celebrate the 50 years of the Regional Studies Association

Julie Miao Tian, RSA Early Career Rep. 
Eduardo Oliveira, RSA Student Rep. 

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Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking (c)

Spain with its strong tourism brand is still reigning as number 1 tourism destination in Europe, followed by European tourism powerhouses Germany, France, Italy and United Kingdom
According to Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking © 2014 Tourism Edition, this year proves to be similar to the previous one which means that the TOP 5 Destination brands in Europe are Spain, Germany, France, Italy and United Kingdom. Spain is still “the one and only” within the Europe region as its powerful reign continues even though the growth is still negatively affected due to the post-crisis period. This year Italy surpassed United Kingdom because of better performance in the social media field by having more followers and likes on different online platforms. Turkey earned the 8th position and made it to the TOP 10. The small alpine countries Austria (6th) and Switzerland (7th) managed to outperform most of the European countries proving that the country’s size is not a determining factor in terms of …

POZnan Best Place Summit


International Regional Science Review Table of Contents for January 2015; Vol. 38, No. 1

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Celebrating the 1st Year of Regional Studies, Regional Science
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27 open access articles published, the work of 39authorsThe average paper taking just 14 weeks from submission to publication11 early career researchers mentored to publication17,020 full-text downloads by readers in 113 countriesArticles published by researchers based in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.15% of downloads by visitors from social media sitesThank you to all who made this such a successful year.
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News & Recent publications

Oliveira, Eduardo (2015). Book Review - Good Cities, Better Places, Journal Urban Studies, 52(1): 197-200. (Download)Oliveira, Eduardo (2014), The Tourism Potential of Northern Portugal and Its Relevance for a Regional Branding Strategy, Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research Journal, 2(2): 54-78. (Download)Oliveira, Eduardo (2014). Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument.Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, doi:10.1057/pb.2014.12. (Download)Oliveira, Eduardo & Panyik, Emese (2014). Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination.Journal of Vacation Marketing, doi: 10.1177/1356766714544235. (Download)Oliveira, Eduardo (2014). Book Review - Reframing the ‘creative city’ through tailored and context-sensitive policies,Journal CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18(4/5):598-602(Download)Oliveira, Eduardo (2014): Book Review - Making Strategies in Spat…

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Re blogged - Shifting the tide: city branding in today’s urban planning

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Edited by Samantha North

Posted by  on Dec 1, 2014

A recent tweet from Malcolm Allan, director ofPlace Matters, said that place branding should ‘infuse town planning with new energy, insight and purpose’. This inspired me to put together some thoughts about major urban trends and the role place branding can play in boostingurban planning practices. Today’scities have become places ofabundance, underpinned by large, and often uncontrolled, amounts ofprivate capital, speculative development and foreign investment in property.
A frenetic urban-competitiveness brings a sense of vulnerability based on job insecurity,unaffordable housing, lack of sense of belonging, place attachment and a marked increase in loneliness. The existence of these issues calls for new approaches in urban planning and city management. In this post I will briefly outline these dominant urban trends and discu…