20 July 2016

Journal of Vacation Marketing

Most read articles during June 2016

1) Eduardo Oliveira and Emese Panyik
Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination
http://jvm.sagepub.com/content/21/1/53.full.pdf+html
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2) Ibrahim Alnawas and Shadi Altarifi
Exploring the role of brand identification and brand love in generating higher levels of brand loyalty
http://jvm.sagepub.com/content/22/2/111.full.pdf+html
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3) Sony Kusumasondjaja, Tekle Shanka, and Christopher Marchegiani
Credibility of online reviews and initial trust: The roles of reviewer’s identity and review valence
http://jvm.sagepub.com/content/18/3/185.full.pdf+html


15 July 2016

Top publications - Urban Studies & Planning

I have published in 4 out of 20


· Oliveira, E. (2016), Book Review - Territorial Governance across Europe - Pathways, Practices and Prospects, Regional Studies.
· Oliveira, E. (2015), Book Review - Good Cities, Better Places, Urban Studies, 52(1): 197-200.
· Oliveira, E. (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.
· Oliveira, E. (2014), Book Review - Making Strategies in Spatial Planning-Knowledge and Values, European Planning Studies, 22(4): 885-888.


Urban crisis or urban crises ? - Susanne Heeg

11 July 2016

European Week of Regions and Cities 2016

Regional Studies Association
European Week of Regions and Cities 2016



Registration is now open


Registration for the European Week of Regions and Cities began on Friday 8th July 2016.

This year the RSA is a leading organiser of five University sessions:

UNIV12B99 - Moving micro-businesses towards the productivity frontier
Relatively little policy attention has focussed on productivity upgrading of micro firms. Recent research has suggested a 1:5 ratio between productivity in micro and leading-edge firms, a gap which is larger in many developing economies. In countries such as Mexico this has led to concerns about a two-speed economy and the resultant income disparities. This session will examine sustainable strategies to upgrade the productivity of micro-enterprises in developing and developed economies. Speakers will focus on policy initiatives in Mexico, the Philippines and other developing economies. Discussion will focus on the robustness of these initiatives and the transferrable policy lessons.
UNIV13A111 - Smart Specialisation Five Years on: from Design to Implementation
Smart Specialisation represents the most comprehensive industrial policy experience in contemporary Europe and it is a cornerstone in the European Union effort to drive countries and regions out of the crisis and guarantee opportunities for growth for all its territories. The next big challenge for S3 lies in the effectively translating strategies and priorities into actual projects. The aim of the session is to introduce some of the most recent reflections on the challenges posed by S3 implementation and propose possible ways forward based on selected current experiences and good practices from across Europe as well as on theoretical elaboration.
UNIV13C112 - Spatial Data Requirements for Effective Spatial Policy 
Recent years have seen an increasing policy emphasis on the local dimensions of economic growth and competitiveness. Fostering the development of regional and urban economies is also an effective means of securing national economic objectives, such as an improved rate of national growth, productivity advance and trade performance. To devise effective 'evidence-based' policies requires a ‘fit-for-purpose’ database. While national level data are relatively rich in range and detail, the economic data available for sub-national areas remain limited in scope and range. This session will consider the state of regional and city data, and the major information gaps that exist.  
UNIV13A123 - Sustained and sustainable economic growth: Balancing economic and ecological development in cities and regions 
For more than 20 years the concept of sustainable development has suggested the reconciliation of economic, social and ecological goals at a global scale. However, it is obvious that the right balance has not yet been found. Cities and regions do have a certain capacity to act. How can they support particularly achieving the right compromise between some kind of economic material or non-material progress on the one hand and retaining appreciated and essential ecosystem services on the other hand? This session aims to explore this complex problem and will show ways which may solve multiple dilemmas.
UNIV11C07 - Urban Development/Territorial Policy Provisions and the challenge of creating simplified and user-friendly implementation systems 
Territorial provisions (Sustainable Urban Development, Integrated Territorial Investment and Community-Led Local Development) have gained prominence in Cohesion policy as part of a shift to more place based policy approaches. These approaches are intended to engage local stakeholders in the implementation and management of ESI Funds. Member States have implemented these provisions in a variety of ways. This panel examines the challenges and opportunities of implementing territorial approaches. Particular, points for discussion are: the implications of the variety of implementation and management arrangements, the capacity of local actors in implementing territorial strategies, and issues of measuring the effectiveness of territorial approaches.  
Additionally, the RSA co-organises the following sessions:
  • UNIV11A08 Knowledge Pearls: how can the City-University Nexus contribute to close the innovation gap?
  • UNIV11B22 - The new self-employed in Europe. Do they contribute to territorial and social cohesion? 
  • UNIV12A100 - Challenges and opportunities of climate change: focus on smart transport 
You can register by clicking here and searching for the sessions' codes.

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

European Week of regions and cities 2016 – Be part of it!




Regional Studies Association
25 Clinton Place, Seaford, BN25 1NP
United Kingdom

1 July 2016

PostDoc Modelling Spatial Development in Urban Regions

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Landscape Dynamics studies patterns, causes and processes of landscape change. The ERC-project CONCUR develops and tests a theoretical model on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions. For this project WSL is looking for a PostDoc Modelling Spatial Development in Urban Regions

You will develop a set of tools to operationalize the theoretical model on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions that is currently designed by the CONCUR team. The research that you will carry out will be based on existing empirical data on the model’s components, i.e. governance, supra-regional conditions, and spatial information as contained in strategic spatial plans and will be carried out in collaboration with the team. You will adapt the theoretical model to the requirements of land change modelling by developing standardized questionnaires to collect pertinent information on governance and supra-regional conditions and by developing indicator calculation procedures to integrate regional spatial policies in models of land change.


A PhD in geography, urban studies, environmental sciences, or equivalent is required. Significant experience in land change modelling, spatial analysis and statistics, indicator development, GIS and R and knowledge about European spatial planning systems and strategic spatial plans is expected. You are communicative and very interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented, and pragmatic solutions. You have published in international journals and have excellent English skills.

Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Anna Hersperger, anna.hersperger@wsl.ch, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information on the position.

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:...