29 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 media is a game-changer in the ways in which cities, regions and countries communicate with their own citizens as well as with global opinion.
Download it here
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E: info@citynationplace.com

26 January 2015

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 papers

Deadline 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 3rd Global Summit on City Tourism organized by the UNWTO and titled “New Paradigms in City Tourism Development”, which promoted an understanding of tourism as a key component of local economies and the social life of urban communities.

Despite the evident links between the travel industry and the urban dynamics of change, limited advances in the field have been made.This first Workshop, which will take place in L’Aquila (Italy) from June 18 to19, will provide an international and interdisciplinary platform for critical discussion – from a policy-oriented standpoint – of the interconnections between tourism(s) and the city, in order to outline a research agenda that combines tourism perspectives with urban models, issues and challenges.

The purpose of the Workshop is to build a new network of scholars and experts contributing to the urban research agenda from tourism points of view. Most welcome are contributions from scholars in social sciences, as well as practitioners concerned with the translation of models and perspectives into tools and frameworks for urban management. A tentative (but not exclusive) list of topics of interest includes:
·       City marketing and branding
·       Tourism attractors: higher education; shopping and entertainment; heritage and museums; events and mega-events; the cultural economy
·       Accessibility and Infrastructures
·       Tourism and city governance
·       Urban tourism and local/regional competitiveness
·       Creative tourism
·       The management of city users flows in urban settings
·       Tourism in post-disaster contexts
·       Technologies and travellers’ experiences

The outcomes of the workshop will be:
·       The outline of an international research agenda on urban tourism(s);
·       The building of a platform for on-going discussion and collaborations;
·       An international publication
Nicola Bellini, La Rochelle Business School & Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Cecilia Pasquinelli, GSSI Cities – Gran Sasso Science Institute

About GSSI
The institution hosting and organizing the Workshop is the Gran Sasso Science Institute (ww.gssi.infn.it) in L’Aquila. The GSSI was promoted and supported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as part of the economic recovery strategy after the disastrous 2009 earthquake. The GSSI Cities Research Unit focuses on the long-term development trajectories of ‘territorial systems’, and ‘urban systems’ in particular (cities, metropolitan areas, metropolitan regions), from a trans-disciplinary perspective. Research and learning at GSSI Cities is policy-oriented, with a strong emphasis on empirical inquiry. GSSI Cities is organizing this Workshop as part of a series of events in the field of urban studies (for further information please visithttp://www.gssi.infn.it/index.php/en/events).
Application process and deadlines
Up to 20 contributions from academics and practitioners will be selected according to their originality and consistency with the aims of the workshop.
There is no registration fee and the Gran Sasso Science Institute will provide contributors (one per accepted paper) with:
·        Accommodation for two nights
·       Coffee and snacks on Thursday and Friday
·       Lunch on Thursday and Friday
·       Dinner on Thursday
A limited number of bursaries are available to cover the travel expenses of Ph.D. students only. To apply for a travel bursary, you should indicate this clearly in the email sending your application.
Please send:
  •                an abstract of max 350 words as a Word document
  •                a short bio followed by a brief statement of current research interests (max 250 words) as a Word document
to cecilia.pasquinelli@gssi.infn.it by Friday 13th March 2015.

 Late applications will not be considered.

For the Accepted Papers
All applicants will be notified about the selection (by no later than April 10). Authors are required to send an extended abstract of approx. 2,000 words to cecilia.pasquinelli@gssi.infn.it by Friday 22 May.
Briefly about L’Aquila
The Workshop will take place on the premises of the Gran Sasso Science Institute in the city centre of L’Aquila (viale Francesco Crispi 7). Severely damaged by the earthquake of 2009, the city currently features an exceptional number of construction sites whose tall cranes draw L’Aquila skyline. Yet the city is facing not only a process of physical reconstruction but also a social and economic one. Being a university city and the urban core of a broader region with a tourism vocation (the region hosts one of the most important natural park systems in Europe including Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso), L’Aquila is in the outskirts of the metropolitan region of Rome and it is accessible to a basin of 4,000,000 inhabitants in two hours of travel. L’Aquila is one hour’s drive from Rome; and Roma Tiburtina railway station, Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport in Rome are well connected to the city by bus.
For more information about the Workshop please contact Cecilia Pasquinelli (cecilia.pasquinelli@gssi.infn.it) or Nicola Bellini (bellinin@esc-larochelle.fr).

21 January 2015

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, Andreas.Chatzidakis@rhul.ac.uk
Andrea Lucarelli, Stockholm University, alu@sbs.su.se
Massimo Giovanardi, Stockholm University, massimo.giovanardi@gmail.com 
Deadline 1st February.
Here is the link with further information

20 January 2015


"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 conflicts between and within nation-states, or between states and their citizens all around the world. People have historically been in constant flux across borders, sometimes against the will of the normative political organization, nation-state. At other times, their mobility is the driving force of global capitalism. The tension between mobility of bodies, labor, ideas, and identities and the force of borders, either on the maps or in the minds, has frequently turned into violent conflicts across globe. In each historical moment, the ways in which media have framed violence and the violent events have played a dramatic role in building or hibernating further diplomatic resolution, public apathy, or political and humanitarian agony.
This year’s theme is based on the ever-changing nature of borders and identities, and the conflicts occurring consequently. Especially during the last decade, we witnessed an increasing volume of conflicts affecting and being affected by existing borders and identities. At this point, we attempt to provide a platform to discuss how conflicts – as well as borders and identities – are portrayed in public discourse and how our understanding of contemporary events and concepts are influenced by these portrayals through political rhetoric, media frames, or other communicative tools.
The International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism, and Society aims to bring together interdisciplinary work that focuses on how and to what effect media discourses construct and frame violence, conflicts, and identities around the notions of borders and mobility. We invite abstracts that deal with the issues of identity, borders, conflict, and especially media’s framing of violence in relation to these issues.
Paper Topics include but are not limited to:
·         Competing frames on borders and identities
·         Narrative building in conflicts
·         Changing physical and psychological borders
·         Role of media reporting in conflicts
·         Framing of conflicts in new media
·         Citizen journalism and user-generated content
·         Inter/cross-cultural communication in conflict zones
·         Rights and freedoms during conflicts
·         Construction, performance and communication of identities within and outside of border
·         Framing violence: an ethical debate
·         New trends and future of the field
 Submit a 500 word maximum proposal or paper to:
Öznur Dursun
Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-TURKEY 
Proposals should be submitted in the following order:

Name of the author(s)
Telephone, fax, and e-mail address
Title of proposal
Body of proposal
You will be notified by February 13, 2015 regarding the status of your proposal.

For further information about the conference in general, contact:
Prof. Dr. Banu Baybars-Hawks (

19 January 2015

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

Special Issue: Geographies of the urban night
Ilse van Liempt, Irina van Aalst, and Tim Schwanen
Changing meanings and experiences of urban darkness and nights
Tim Edensor

Jelle Brands, Tim Schwanen, and Irina van Aalst
The evolution of urban night-time economies
Robert Shaw

Jérôme Tadié and Risa Permanadeli
The intensification of regulation
Ilse van Liempt

Jennie Middleton and Richard Yarwood

Phil Hadfield and Fiona Measham
Dynamics in practices of going out
Yolande Pottie-Sherman and Daniel Hiebert

Ben Gallan

Marion Roberts

Phil Hubbard and Rachela Colosi
Phil Hadfield

15 January 2015

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, Abstract Manager of the Early Career Papers section, at msumpor@eizg.hr

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, Bloomsbury and St Giles. Many more examples are competing for recognition, from Tyburnia to London’s Luxury Quarter. Some areas are pluripotent with possibilities. Londonist’s office, for example, might be located in Tech City, the Silicon Roundabout, SoSho or Hoxditch. Or maybe just plain Old Street.
We’ve started ↓ this here map ↓ to keep track of this dizzying range of rebrandings. It shows name changes and coinages since the year 2000. We’ve left off older examples, such as Broadgate and Banglatown, so as not to overwhelm the map. Purple areas = ‘Quarters’, orange areas = ‘Villages’, blue areas = ‘everything else’.

14 January 2015

Coming soon: Inter-Regional Place Branding book (Zenker, Sebastian, Jacobsen, Björn P. Eds.)


  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach that also combines theory and practice
  • Explains what inter-regional brands are and explores the special challenges on both theoretical and practical levels
  • Proposes 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 differentiate, but also cooperate (within one country or between countries), building so-called Inter-Regional Brands with an even higher degree of complexity.
Accordingly this volume, provides a theoretically well informed but practically oriented overview of this phenomenon – including numerous cases and best practices. As such, it will strongly appeal to both academics and practitioners in the field.
Content Level » Research
Keywords » Best Practice Branding Marketing Travel Destinations Nation Branding Place Branding Quality of Life Comparison Regional Branding Regional Development Regional Economics

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-state actors at multiple territorial levels.
While this phenomenon appears increasingly commonplace, there are few studies looking at the policy transfer in the field of regional and urban development policy, even though such transfer does take place, as illustrated by the diffusion of place-based approaches to regional policy among the OECD countries, adoption of shared regional policy practices across the EU Member States through processes of Europeanisation, or cross-national cooperation on development of industrial parks and eco-cities in East Asia.

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, academic and practitioner contributions are welcome (see more: call for papers).

The conference will be fully accredited as Continuing Professional Development by the Institute of Place Management.

In addition to the conference, there are a number of other social and networking events. A full calendar of events will be published on the conference website.

The conference will take place in Poznań in Poland at Poznań University of Economics. Poznań University of Economics, founded in 1926, is both a teaching and a research institution with a long tradition in education and strong academic standing, and is also famous for its credibility in economic analyses. Poznań is among the oldest and biggest cities in Poland located in the west-central part of the country.  Poznań is one of the largest Polish centers of trade, industry, sports, education, technology, tourism and culture. It is particularly important academic center, with about 130,000 students.

The Conference Chair is Dr Magdalena Florek (FIPM, UEP).

9 January 2015

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 February
  • Friday 29th May
  • Friday 28th August
  • Friday 27th November
Read 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 present my research at this conference." 
Christopher Huggins attended the Council for European Studies (CES) Annual conference in Amsterdam.
"This conference has certainly expanded my knowledge and understanding of borders and borderlands and I am very keen on continuing to be a conference gateway keeper for the RSA in this particular research field." 
Beatrix Haselsberger attended the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) Annual Conference in Denver.
How to apply and further information at www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-travel-grant
*Recipients of the travel grant must be a member of the Association at the time of the application and at the time of travel (non-members are encouraged to apply and join at the same time). Only one grant can be awarded every five years of membership. You can read reports from past RSA Travel Grant awardees in the section "Previous Awards".

New call for Early Career abstracts

Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science

Next Deadline: 15th February 2015

Regional Studies, Regional Science

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 sub-national level. Authors
 (and co-authors) can be students or early career researchers that have completed
their PhD in the last five years. RSA members are particularly invited to
 submit a paper proposal for consideration; however, RSA membership is not
 a prerequisite for submission.  
Paul Benneworth, Paul Braidford, Sabrina Lai, Lee Pugalis & Marijana Sumpor
Editors, Early Career Papers Section - RSRS

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)
Submissions will be evaluated for their originality, novelty and quality: successful
 paper proposals will be invited to submit a full paper, with a maximum of
3,000 words, for inclusion on the Early Career Papers open access site.
Using a constructive review process, accepted authors will be supported
by a named corresponding editor who will produce supportive feedback
to guide the author towards a high-quality article. In addition, all articles
are reviewed by the entirety of the editorial team prior to publication.
Article Publishing Charges (APCs), normally payable for papers published in
RSRS, will be waived for those who are accepted by this Early Career Papers
mentored route to publication. All articles published in Regional Studies, Regional Science
are published open access, which means that the article is freely available in perpetuity
online. There is no additional subscription fee, article pay-to-view fee or any other
 form of access fee; and no publication embargo is applied.
Authors may also consider submitting to the journal through the normal route
but in this case an APC will apply. Visit the journal’s website for more details.
To submit a paper proposal or for further information regarding any 
of the above-mentioned points, please contact: Marijana Sumpor, 
Abstract Manager of the Early Career Papers section, at msumpor@eizg.hr

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:...