29 July 2015

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We would also like you to consider submit your abstract to the next RSA Early Career Conference, 29th - 30th October, 2015, ICOSS, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

:::Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 13th September 2015:::

:::Read here a summary of the 2014 RSA Early Career:::
Sheffield at a glance: widening career horizons through open access publishing

We hope to see you again soon fully enjoying the RSA experience,

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27 July 2015

Constructing regional advantage in place branding

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Constructing regional advantage in branding the cross-border Euroregion Galicia–northern Portugal

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21681376.2015.1044020#.VbYs47Oqqko 

20 July 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 13th September 2015

Early Career Conference 2015

From Early Careers to Established Profiles: Strategies for Success



Regional Studies Volume 49, Issue 9

Just published: Regional Studies Volume 49, Issue 9 - http://bit.ly/1SwKKDk
Original Articles
River of Traffic: The Spatial Fragmentation of US Ports by Cuz Potter - http://bit.ly/1HEeEm0
Interactions in Local Governments' Spending Decisions: Evidence from Portugal by Hélia costa, Linda Gonçalves Veiga & Miguel Portela - http://bit.ly/1CRCOKK
Factors Affecting Regional Productivity and Innovation in Israel: Some Empirical Evidence by Daniel Felsenstein - http://bit.ly/1HKDEG9
On the Cost-Efficiency of Service Delivery in Small Municipalities by Francisco J. Arcelus, Pablo Arocena, Fermín Cabasés & Pedro Pascual - http://bit.ly/1Mfjzgn
An Evaluation of Competitive Industrial Structure and Regional Manufacturing Employment Change by Joshua Drucker - http://bit.ly/1OgZJ2M
From Sub-Regional Networks to Sub-Regional Localism: Experiences of Collaboration in England's Historical Black Country by Steven R. Henderson - http://bit.ly/1fhzhuA
Innovation, Socio-institutional Conditions and Economic Growth in the Italian Regions by Giorgio d'Agostino & Margherita Scarlato - http://bit.ly/1gJODJa
The Future Demand for Industrial Sites in the Netherlands: Is Employment a Good Predictor? by Pascal Beckers & Jan Schuur - http://bit.ly/1KfIL76
The Role of Structural Change in European Regional Productivity Growth by Eoin O'Leary & Don J. Webber - http://bit.ly/1KfIO2F
Are Regions Important in British Elections? Valence Politics and Local Economic Contexts at the 2010 General Election by C. J. Pattie, R. J. Johnston, Mariken Schipper & Laura Potts - http://bit.ly/1Dq10yS
One Share Fits All? Regional Variations in the Extent of the Shadow Economy in Europe by Helmut Herwartz, Egle Tafenau & Friedrich Schneider - http://bit.ly/1CKRxre
Policy Debates Edited by Fiona Wishlade
Indicators for Spatial Planning and Territorial Cohesion: Stakeholder-Driven Selection Approach for Improving Usability at Regional and Local Levels by Ainhoa González, Gavin Daly, Philip Pinch, Neil Adams, Visvaldis Valtenbergs, Malcolm C. Burns & Hjalti Johannesson - http://bit.ly/1CKRyLP

18 July 2015

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?,

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?, Professor Gert de Roo, Dep. Spatial Planning, Uni. Groningen clarifies

"Urbanization today is so much more complicated, it requires an approach far beyond trying to make sure the world is nicely dealt with and comfortable, de Roo said. In a future with great uncertainty, planning must be more versatile, adopting multiple methodologies. This involves funky concepts of ground-up, crowd-sourced “self organization” and “spontaneous order,” according to de Roo and other presenters in the session."

http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/07/is-urban-planning-having-an-identity-crisis/398804/

15 July 2015

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No 10 E-Place branding y diplomacia digital

Coordinadores: Jordi de San Eugenio y Xavier Ginesta. 
El objetivo de este número especial es fortalecer las comunalidades entre la marca de territorio y la diplomacia pública en la era digital. Hoy en día, los dos campos de investigación son importantes no sólo en el ámbito académico, sino también en el mundo profesional de los asesores de marketing y los gerentes de relaciones públicas. La crisis de los Estados nación proporciona a los actores regionales y locales nuevas posibilidades para promocionarse en todo el mundo, con el fin de atraer nuevos recursos (como el talento, las infraestructuras y el turismo). Y en este contexto, la comunicación digital tiene un papel destacado cuyo fin es encontrar nuevas estrategias para la promoción de los territorios y las regiones en todo el mundo.
Por otra parte, en este contexto, los ciudadanos asumen un papel activo en la gestión del territorio. Por ejemplo, el uso de nuevas técnicas de diplomacia entre actores de la sociedad civil organizada (con un uso intensivo del universo social media) pretende la conversion de la ciudadanía en embajadores civiles de sus territorios. En la sociedad contemporánea, los ciudadanos se convierten, de este modo, en actores esenciales en el establecimiento y la proyección de una imagen concreta de los lugares.

Las contribuciones en torno a los siguientes temas son bienvenidas, aunque no limitantes: 
• La marca en el contexto de la investigación multidisciplinaria en Ciencias Sociales.
• La diplomacia pública como técnica para crear marcas de territorio, ¿o viceversa?
• E-Place branding y/o diplomacia digital como estrategia de poder blando.
• El papel de las relaciones públicas en las estrategias de branding y gestión de los social media.
• Sociedad civil organizada y marca de territorio en la era digital.
• La marca como herramienta para la gestión de un territorio.
• La marca y su relación con la ordenación estratégica del territorio.
• Campañas de creación de marca de territorio. Estudios de caso, actividades profesionales.
Los artículos pueden ser enviados en Español, Portugués e Inglés. 

Las contribuciones deberán estar claramente indicadas para esta Edición Especial. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta por favor escriba al correo electrónico jordi.saneugenio@uvic.cat o bien a xavier.ginesta@uvic.cat

Fecha límite: 30/10/2015
CONVOCATORIA PERMANENTE

Recibimos artículos para las secciones abiertas "Miscelánea" y "Reseñas".
Los investigadores que deseen contribuir en cualquiera de estas dos secciones pueden enviar sus artículos al registrarse como autores en el sistema. En el menú ACERCA DE/ Normas para autores/as se encuentran disponibles las instrucciones para los autores.

Sección "Miscelánea"
Abierta a cualquier artículo relacionado con la comunicación y / o campos relacionados con una perspectiva teórica y práctica. Recibimos además textos que tratan de tendencias, nuevos desarrollos en la comunicación y la educación, el diseño, el marketing y la publicidad digital, comunicaciones móviles y videojuegos.

Sección "Reseñas"
La revista recibe y evalúa propuestas de reseñas de libros, preferentemente con una antigüedad no mayor de 4 años.

8 July 2015

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This is not a social event, however it can definitely open the door for several social events around the world
:::JOIN AS Student the Regional Studies Association SUMMER OFFER:::
Receive 10% discount on the membership rate between 22nd June - 12th July 2015 only. Use code 'SummerOffer2015' to benefit from this discount.
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Apply for one or more of our annual Awards for a chance to win some of prizes.
Apply for up to £7,500 research funding via the Fellowship Research Grant.


6 July 2015

Journal of Peasant Studies

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) received a 4.5 Impact Factor for 2014 in the latest Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report released on 19 June 2015. It is ranked # 1 in Planning & Development (1/55) and Anthropology (1/83).
 

To thank JPS authors, peer reviewers and readers, we are offering a selection of recently published and forthcoming titles – free access for a limited time -- only through this URL: 


http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/fjps-recent-highlight


The themes of the selected free articles are diverse and wide-ranging, including 'farming for Walmart', geopolitics of Brazilian soybeans, African drylands, Brazil's Zero hunger and Bolsa Familia programs, South Africa's agro-food system, global value chains, financialization of agriculture and food systems, New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, gender dynamics in community forestry groups, alternative to industrial farming, United Nations Committee on World Food Security, food sovereignty, agroecology, and flex crops -- covering all regions of the world.

Please follow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/peasant_journal

http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps-41-6
critical perspectives on food sovereignty, JPS 41(6)
Edited by: Edelman, Scott, Baviskar, Borras, Holt-Gimenez, Kandiyoti, Weis & Wolford
 
http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps-41-5
New directions in agrarian political economy, JPS 41(5)
Edited by: Fairbairn, Fox, Isakson, Levien, Peluso, Razavi, Scoones & Sivaramakrishnan
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1 July 2015

Dutch city to experiment with a universal, unconditional 'basic income'

Professor Cathy Parker - Journal of Place Management and Development Awards for Excellence: Who won and why

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Professor Cathy Parker, IPM - Manchester Metropolitan University
https://profcathyparker.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/journal-of-place-management-and-development-awards-for-excellence-who-won-and-why/?fb_action_ids=10153022880008581&fb_action_types=news.publishes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B742047625917147%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22news.publishes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Yesterday, Emerald Group Publishing, publishers of our Journal of Place Management and Development, (JPMD) announced the 2015 awards for excellence across the whole of their journal portfolio.
First of all, on behalf of the Editorial Board and Team, I would like to congratulate our JPMD winners listed below. It is not easy to be chosen for one of these awards. As many of our articles have high download figures and citations, we also take into account other factors, especially the contribution of a paper to the aims and objectives of the journal, when we are judging. Likewise, as we are lucky to have such a wonderful body of knowledgeable and reliable reviewers, we have to look for other outstanding qualities, to recognise our award-winning reviewers.
So, here are the JPMD, 2015 Outstanding Authors and Reviewers along with a short commentary from me explaining why they were chosen.
Outstanding Paper
The award of Outstanding Paper 2015 goes to Staci M. Zavattaro, for “Re-imagining the sustainability narrative in US cities“, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 7 Iss: 3, pp.189 – 205.
Staci takes a critical look at how US cities are communicating about sustainability, through reviewing content on their websites. The findings suggest rather a myopic (environmentally-focused) view of sustainability is often portrayed, ignoring social and economic goals. However, of more concern, is the place marketing activity analysed. This promotes ‘sustainability as consumption’ which Staci notes is unsustainable. As well as these findings, there are four other reasons which, together, we feel makes this paper outstanding.
First, the paper is interdisciplinary – combining theory and methods from political science, public administration, marketing, management and tourism. The literature reviewed is rich enough to fully analyse the research problem identified, in this case the ‘gap’ between the long-term aim of sustainability for the planet and the current communication practices of specific cities.
The research problem also deserves special mention, as the second reason this paper was enjoyed by the judges. It is a ‘real-word’ problem, affecting most places. It is not merely an academic endeavour, so ultimately the findings can be adopted/adapted/interpreted by place managers to make better, more sustainable, places.
Third, the method was appropriate and ‘scientific’ in its application. As a piece of qualitative research it was clear what content had been chosen to analyse and how it was analysed.
Finally, Staci has identified recommendations for practitioners – as part of the overall methodology adopted (in other words, these are not just an afterthought – but their development is an intrinsic part of the study). As the official journal of the Institute of Place Management, where the great majority of our members are practitioners, there is an expectation that articles in the journal will be useful outside of academic circles, and can have genuine impact. It is not much help to a busy, and usually under-resourced, place manager to read ‘critical reviews’ which only identify the faults and flaws in current practice and do not offer solutions or recommendations to improve the status quo.
Highly Commended Paper
The award of Highly Commended Paper 2015 goes to Salman Yousaf and Li Huaibin, for “Branding Pakistan as a “Sufi” country: the role of religion in developing a nation’s brand”, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 7 Iss: 1, pp.90 – 104.
Salman and Li present a very different type of paper. It is almost a ‘worked example’ of a specific policy recommendation – to associate Pakistan with the many positive aspects of the Sufi religion – in contrast to the existing, widely-held, negative perceptions of the country. As a journal that seeks to publish research of international importance, this article has the potential to make a real difference to a whole nation, if the recommendations are adopted by policy makers. The passion and conviction with which the authors write is also unusual in journal articles. But perhaps not in the Journal of Place Management and Development, where ‘place’ and ‘people’ are valued as an intrinsic part of the research inquiry.
Outstanding Reviewers
The awards for Outstanding Reviewers 2015 go to Javier Lloveras and
Eduardo Oliveira, for similar reasons. Both Javier and Eduardo have recently completed their PhDs. However, when they were both in their final year, preoccupied with the stresses and strains that come with the fast-approaching deadline of ‘hand-in’, they both found time to review for JPMD. Despite being new to the process, their responses were extremely detailed, offering lots of guidance and advice for the authors if aspects needed to be improved or, if they felt the paper was not good enough, very specific feedback explaining their decisions. It is really good to see academics at the start of their career share their skills and knowledge of their subject areas so willingly.
Congratulations Staci, Salman, Li, Javier and Eduardo! Our outstanding class of 2015.
Note:
The Outstanding Paper is available to download, free of charge, until 1st June 2016. Staci M. Zavattaro, “Re-imagining the sustainability narrative in US cities“, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 7 Iss: 3, pp.189 – 205.
The Highly Commended Paper is available to download, free of charge, from 1st to 31st July 2015. Salman Yousaf and Li Huaibin, “Branding Pakistan as a “Sufi” country: the role of religion in developing a nation’s brand“, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 7 Iss: 1,pp.90 – 104.
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Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

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