Showing posts from January, 2015

The Evolution of Place Branding

A new survey conducted by Populus interviewed 103 place branding professionals in 44 countries online in December 2014 and January 2015. The Evolution of Place Branding survey, commissioned from research and strategy consultancy Populus by the City Nation Place initiative is designed to identify the challenges, objectives and investment intentions of national, regional and city government-funded strategists tasked with increasing the economic competitiveness of their “place”. The top priority for Place Branders is the need to set, “clear, measurable objectives for investment in place branding”.  98% of the senior executives responsible for implementing place branding strategy for their city, country or region said that this was an important priority, whilst 26% also said that it was the hardest priority to deliver. The Evolution of Place Branding Survey also reveals a bullish attitude towards future investment in place branding strategy and a clear recognition that the rise of social m…

Integrating City Tourism(s) in the Urban Research Agenda

1st Workshop “Integrating City Tourism(s) in the Urban Research Agenda” L’Aquila (Italy), 18-19 June 2015
Call for papersDeadline for submission: March 13, 2015
Attention to urban tourism has been growing rapidly. Researchers, practitioners and policy-makers should carefully reconsider the nature, distinct role, and connections of tourism in the frame of urban economies. Tourism is undergoing fundamental changes regarding the market, the industry’s structure, and the ‘product’ itself. Motivations, preferences and modes of traveling to and experiencing a destination have been changing and proliferating in their number and range, thereby challenging traditional models of tourism management and planning. Cities, towns and mega-cities which are key destinations in the geography of global tourism constantly change, so that a focus on the links between the travel industry and the urban dynamics of change is of great importance. In this regard, a paradigm shift has been recently affirmed at the …

Geographies of Marketing and Consumption

"Geographies of Marketing and Consumption"   Macromarketing Conferance  Chicago 25-28 June 2015 We welcome different type of submission, from full papers to extended and regural abstract. Submission should be made directly to  Andreas Chatzidakis, Royal Holloway University of London, Andrea Lucarelli, Stockholm University, Massimo Giovanardi, Stockholm University, Deadline 1st February. Here is the link with further information


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT, TERRORISM, AND SOCIETY "Framing Violence: Borders, Conflicts, and Identities” Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the Fourth International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society, to be held at Kadir Has University on April 7-8, 2015, in Istanbul.  The Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit papers and posters. Below is a copy of the Call for Papers and information regarding the conference.  More details on the conference, including keynote speakers, will be posted as arrangements are finalized. On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we look forward to your participation in this conference. Conference Name: “Framing Violence: Borders, Conflicts, and Identities”
Place: Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TURKEY
Date: April 7-8, 2015 Language of Papers: English  Call for Papers: From migration order in North America and Europe to the contemporary conflicts in the Middle East, borders and identities are at the heart of con…

Urban Studies Table of Contents for Special Issue: Geographies of the urban night:

Urban Studies Special Issue: Geographies of the urban night February 2015; Vol. 52, No. 3 Introduction Introduction: Geographies of the urban night Ilse van Liempt, Irina van Aalst, and Tim Schwanen Changing meanings and experiences of urban darkness and nights The gloomy city: Rethinking the relationship between light and dark Tim Edensor
Fear of crime and affective ambiguities in the night-time economy Jelle Brands, Tim Schwanen, and Irina van Aalst The evolution of urban night-time economies ‘Alive after five’: Constructing the neoliberal night in Newcastle upon Tyne Robert Shaw
Night and the city: Clubs, brothels and politics in Jakarta Jérôme Tadié and Risa Permanadeli The intensification of regulation Safe nightlife collaborations: Multiple actors, conflicting interests and different power distributions Ilse van Liempt
‘Christians, out here?’ Encountering Street-Pastors in the post-secular spaces of the UK’s night-time economy Jennie Middleton and Richard Yarwood
The outsourcing of contr…

Rethinking Place Branding by Jeremy Hildreth


Regional Studies, Regional Science

RSRS call for proposals for short articles from students and early career researchers is open. Please read the guidelines in the call and submit your proposal by February 15 at the latest!

Submission process Paper proposals should use the following headings, and adhere strictly to the word-limits provided:
  • A title of no more than ten words
  • A summary of the research idea in no more than 40 words
  • An abstract of 150 words
  • Introduction to the problem addressed in the paper (200 words)
  • Background to the case study, and the main empirical evidence offered (200 words)
  • Analysis of key points & messages from the empirical case (200 words)
  • Conclusions and implications for academics, policy and practice (200 words)
  • A short bio (giving institution and date of PhD if applicable) To submit a paper proposal or for further information regarding any of the above-mentioned points, please contact: Marijana Sumpor,…

London Rebranded: The Capital’s Changing Names, Mapped

London Rebranded: The Capital’s Changing Names, Mapped
80 years ago, the word Fitzrovia was yet to be coined. 70 years ago, nobody talked about the ‘South Bank’. 50 years ago, Chinatown would conjure images of Limehouse. 40 years ago, Canary Wharf was little-known outside the docks. 10 years ago, nobody said ‘Midtown’. Today, nobody says Midtown. Nothing is eternal in a city like London, and that includes the place names. New Cross was once known as Hatcham. The village of Garratt, famous for its mock mayoral elections, long ago vanished into the sprawl of Wandsworth. In recent years, the pace of change, or proposed change, has accelerated. Neighbourhoods right across the capital are looking for pseudonyms, as property developers, business improvement districts (BIDs) and the occasional cultural or residents’ group seek swankier names to attract attention. The most egregious example is Midtown, coined a half decade ago by the local BID to encapsulate the traditional areas of Holborn,…

Coming soon: Inter-Regional Place Branding book (Zenker, Sebastian, Jacobsen, Björn P. Eds.)
Offers an interdisciplinary approach that also combines theory and practiceExplains what inter-regional brands are and explores the special challenges on both theoretical and practical levelsProposes many best practices to help practitioners and students alike to understand the challenges of inter-regional branding and find possible solutions This book examines and clarifies key aspects of regional branding with the special focus of inter-regional brands. Today regions are in strong competition for companies, tourists, and most of all talent. In order to differentiate one region from another, regional developers, politicians and planners increasingly focus on establishing the region as a brand. This is by no means easy, since places are complex systems of geographical abstractions in which each place is understood in relation and contrast to other geographical entities. In doing so, regions not only d…

Cross- national policy transfer in regional and urban policy

In a globalising world, many countries and regions face similar challenges. As a result, governments and policy-makers increasingly look for policy solutions, ideas and ‘good practice’ examples from other countries, seeking to adapt them to their domestic contexts.  At the same time, certain states or supranational and international organisations are keen to export their policy approaches and tools to other countries for pragmatic or normative reasons striving to project some of its policy norms and values beyond its borders. This is exemplified by the increasingly prominent dialogues on regional and urban policy between the EU and the major developing countries, including China, Brazil and other Latin American countries. Such processes of transnational learning, import/export of models and exchange of knowledge on policy approaches are embedded in international relations, diplomacy or para-diplomacy, and relate to an expanding range of policy areas, involving governmental and non-st…

Awesomeness coming soon: Place Management & Branding Conference

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). 
The title of the conference is “Sustainability, liveability and connectivity” and the three main themes of the conference will be place management, place branding and the influence of global trends on places. 
As place management, marketing and branding develop as academic inquiry and as professional practice, the conference will be an opportunity for academics, practitioners and policy makers to explore how theory and practice deal with the conflicting pressures of global forces with a need to pursue sustainability outcomes – to increase the quality of life of place residents – all within the context of increased connectivity – real and virtual. As such, acade…

Place Branding and Strategic Spatial Planning Instrument

Nordic Place Branding Conference 2015

Save-the-new-date: Nordic Place Branding Conference 2015 on 7 May in Oslo.  #NPBC2015 #placebranding

4 rounds of RSA Travel Grant applications announced for 2015

The RSA Travel Grant is a fantastic opportunity to help you towards your travel costs to present your work, network and participate at world wide non-RSA events within the field. You can apply* for up to £500 funding towards your travel costs to attend a non RSA event.  In offering this award, the Regional Studies Association is seeking to promote and encourage research and dissemination activities, both within and across trans-national borders and to further the overall aims and objectives of the Association. We particulalrly encouraged Students and Early Careers to apply. As we a maximum of two applications can be awarded per round, those who are not successful are welcome to reapply. The 2015 deadlines for applications are: Friday 27th FebruaryFriday 29th MayFriday 28th AugustFriday 27th NovemberRead what former RSA Travel Grant recipients said about the grant: "I am extremely grateful to the Regional Studies Association for providing the Travel Grant which enabled me to attend and…

New call for Early Career abstracts

Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science

Next Deadline: 15th February 2015

The new Regional Studies Association open access journal,
Regional Studies, Regional Science, has a section specifically devoted to Early Career Papers which focuses on publishing short articles from students and early
career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience.
Articles in theEarly Career Papers section will have a regional focus and will
succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final.  The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions
of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). Contributions are
 welcomed from any discipline in the field of regional studies or regional science
 and with any geographical focus. The ‘regional’ dimension may vary from trans-national spaces with fuzzy boundaries to clearly defined spaces at the …