30 November 2016

Special Session at the Regional Studies Conference - Dublin 2017

Special Session at the Regional Studies Conference - Dublin
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Smart City-Regions and Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are now driving significant policy development in city regions in Europe. However, the ‘smartness’ in these strategies is dominated by a technological hegemonic understanding of the city region. The discourse is centred on knowledge flows and data aggregation which allows the city-region to modelled and managed.

At the same time, territorial innovation models such as the triple/quadruple/penta-helix models also seek to understand the city-region as a system of knowledge flows between stakeholders. In this case, stakeholders’ interdependencies and their social and culturally rooted practices are just as important as the data and technical knowledge itself. Indeed, the role of institutions seems to be strategically substantial in order to foster ecosystems of experimentation engaging not only the public sector, private sector and academia but also civic society, social entrepreneurs and activists.

There is a growing critique of the more technocratic smart city strategies. The early pioneers in the field have not always delivered on their promise. There is also a growing challenge to the discourse that sees cities as machines, corporations or biological systems that can be broken down into their component parts and understood.

Hence, there is a gap therefore between the objective city to be found in many of the technocratic data driven solutions to the problems faced by city regions and the subjective city to be found in the everyday experience of the citizens of city-regions.

This special session is therefore seeking papers from academics and practitioners working at the frontier between the subjective and objective city-regional configurations in Europe. We would like to stimulate critical governance debate that challenges some of the assumptions and norms embedded in smart city-region strategies and suggest ways in which the divide between subjective and objective city-region can be bridged by different models capturing stakeholders interactions such as those so-called stakeholder-helixes strategies.

Original source and credits

Dr. Igor Calzada

29 November 2016

PhD in land-change analysis of Bucharest (RO)

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 pro-cesses 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, WSL is offering a 3.5 years position, starting in spring 2017, as a

PhD in land-change analysis of Bucharest (RO)

You will test for the urban region of Bucharest the theoretical model and tools currently designed by the CONCUR team. This test will be conducted in collaboration with testing efforts in two other areas. Specifically, you will conduct expert interviews, analyze planning documents and perform spatial analyses in GIS to perform an in-depth case study of the past two decades of change in land-use and land cover, driving forces, and regional spatial planning. Furthermore you will develop a spatially explicit model (for example with CLUE-S or Sleuth) of regional land-change. You will estimate the contribution of strategic spatial planning and its actors to land change in the Bucharest region. In collaboration with the CONCUR team you will integrate the findings into an overall evaluation on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions.

You have a Master’s degree in geography, environmental sciences, spatial planning or equivalent. Significant experience in land-change modelling, spatial analysis, qualitative research methods, GIS and R is expected. Knowledge of the Romanian language and familiarity with the Romanian planning system are required. You have very good English skills and first experiences in publishing. You are communicative and very interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented and pragmatic solutions.

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. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.


PhD in land-change analysis of Austin, Texas (USA)

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, WSL is offering a 3.5 years position, starting in spring 2017, as a

PhD in land-change analysis of Austin, Texas (USA)

You will test for the urban region of Austin TX the theoretical model and tools currently designed by the CONCUR team. This test will be conducted in collaboration with testing efforts in two other areas. Specifically, you will conduct expert interviews, analyze planning documents and perform spatial analyses in GIS to perform an in-depth case study of the past two decades of change in land use and land cover, driving forces, and regional spatial planning. Furthermore you will develop a spatially explicit model (for example with CLUE-S or Sleuth) of regional land-change. You will estimate the contribution of strategic spatial planning and its actors to land change in the Austin TX region. In collaboration with the CONCUR team you will integrate the findings into an overall evaluation on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions.

You have a Master’s degree in geography, environmental sciences, spatial planning or equivalent. Significant experience in land-change modelling, spatial analysis, qualitative research methods, GIS and R is expected. Familiarity with US-American planning is required. You have very good English skills and first experiences in publishing. You are communicative and very interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented and pragmatic solutions.

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. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

28 November 2016

2017 AESOP Congress in Lisbon


Dear colleagues
We would be happy if you would consider submitting an abstract to our track on green infrastructure (Track 5) at the upcoming AESOP conference in Lisbon. Please distribute to any interested parties.  


24 November 2016

Territorial governance across Europe: Pathways, practices and prospects

Territorial governance across Europe: Pathways, practices and prospects: (2016). Territorial governance across Europe: Pathways, practices and prospects. Regional Studies: Vol. 50, No. 11, pp. 1943-1944. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1187522

23 November 2016

From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions (CONCUR)

Heading to Barcelona for the final set of interviews on territorial governance arrangements in strategic regional plan-making and plan-implementation after 7 months of data collection. :::14

European Urban Regions = 14 Spatial planning cultures = 14 Territorial governance settings:::

Special thanks to the 46 interviewees

CONCUR
http://www.wsl.ch/fe/landschaftsdynamik/projekte/CONCUR/index_EN 


17 November 2016

Remembering Greg Ashworth by Mihalis Kavaratzis

Re-posted http://blog.placemanagement.org/ (original source)

by Mihalis Kavaratzis
We were meeting in a pub in Groningen over beers – that’s where we always met, over dinner and drinks, never in an office.
“When’s the big party?” he asked.
“What party?” I asked back.
“Your defence party.”
“What does that have to do with anything?”
“Book a date for your party! Book the restaurant and order food and drinks. Then you can start planning backwards and you’ll find out what you have to do tomorrow…”
This was late 2003 and I had started my PhD in Groningen under his supervision only a few months earlier. So, the ‘party’ was the last thing in my mind. “What a strange piece of advice”, I thought. In the coming years, I would learn to deal with his advice. I knew I had to take what seemed irrelevant and disconnected, think about it over and over again and give it time and, especially, effort. And then (sometimes months later), the moments always came when I would lift my eyes from the screen and shout to myself “Ah, …that’s what he meant!”

Greg was well-known for his work on place marketing, publishing with Henk Voogd their first article in 1988 and their book ‘Selling the city’ in 1990. He published an amazing number of pieces on planning, culture, tourism and, later, place branding. But his real passion and the work for which he was world-known, was Heritage Management. His face would light up when describing historical events, their influence and how they had been misinterpreted. As Gert de Roo (Greg’s dear colleague in Groningen) said, Greg was totally unfit for any administrative task. His mind just didn’t work like that. But he was an exceptional scholar, a truly political animal and a very welcoming soul. For his work and influence, Greg got an honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in 2009 and in 2010 he was knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands for his contribution to education, scholarship and knowledge. He was very proud of both those honours and would joke about them as only he could. He had the best of typically British humour: clever, sharp, dry and, sometimes, painful. As Gert put it, “people who didn’t know him well could be shocked by his blunt statements, with us laughing to tears…”.
I am not the right person to talk about Greg’s contribution and influence on Heritage studies. I also feel I cannot account for or evaluate his contribution to place branding or place marketing. He believed deeply that heritage is ‘alive’, it finds its meaning each and every day as people use it for their own purposes, it takes its form as people try to interpret their past in order to build their future. My sense is that the field of place branding will be doing precisely that with Greg’s work for a long time as there is much of his legacy that we are still to understand, interpret and use to build the future of the field.
I know that’s what I will be doing with Greg’s influence on myself as scholar, professional, citizen, person… The ‘big party’ of my defence finally took place in December 2008. Greg and his wife Angela so kindly offered to host it in their house right at the centre of Groningen. They generously opened their living room to celebrate my small success. Greg was generous like that and his generosity has offered me too much to capture in words. I’ll start with these: “Thank you Greg! For what you were, for what we already know you gave us and for what we will find out later…”

Book Review - Image of Istanbul, Impact of ECoC 2010 on The City Image


Book Review

Eduardo Oliveira

Abstract


Evinç Doğan (2016). Image of Istanbul, Impact of ECoC 2010 on The City Image. London: Transnational Press London. [222 pp, RRP: £18.75, ISBN: 978-1-910781-22-7]
The idea of discovering or creating a form of uniqueness to differentiate a place from others is clearly attractive. In this regard, and in line with Ashworth (2009), three urban planning instruments are widely used throughout the world as a means of boosting a city’s image: (i) personality association - where places associate themselves with a named individual from history, literature, the arts, politics, entertainment, sport or even mythology; (ii) the visual qualities of buildings and urban design, which include flagship building, signature urban design and even signature districts and (iii) event hallmarking - where places organize events, usually cultural (e.g., European Capital of Culture, henceforth referred to as ECoC) or sporting (e.g., the Olympic Games), in order to obtain worldwide recognition. 

Keywords


Istanbul; image; branding; place; European capital of culture

References


Ashworth, G. J. & Kavaratzis, M. (2014). Cities of culture and culture in cities: The emergent uses of culture in city branding. In T. Haas & K. Olsson (Eds.) Emergent Urbanism: Urban Planning & Design in Times of Systemic and Structural Change. Aldershot, Ashgate.
Ashworth, G. J. (2009). The instruments of place branding: How it is done?, European Spatial Research and Policy, 16(1), 9-22. doi:10.2478/v10105-009-0001-9
Garcia, B. (2005). Deconstructing the city of culture: the long-term cultural legacies of Glasgow 1990. Urban Studies, 42(5-6), 841-868. doi: 10.1080/00420980500107532
Hall, C. M. (1989). Hallmark tourist events: Analysis, definition, methodology and review. In G. J. Syme, B. J. Shaw, D. M. Fenton, & W. S. Mueller (Eds.) The Planning and Evaluation of Hallmark Events (pp. 3-19). Avebury, England: Aldershot. DOI: 10.1007/BF00454570
Kavaratzis, M. & Ashworth, G. (2015). Hijacking culture: the disconnection between place culture and place brands. Town Planning Review, 86(2), 155-176. doi:10.3828/tpr.2015.10
Kavaratzis, M., Warnaby, G. and Ashworth, G. J. (2015). Rethinking Place Branding Comprehensive Brand Development for Cities and Regions. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-12424-7
Oliveira, E. (2016). Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument: a theoretical framework to branding regions with references to northern Portugal, Journal of Place Management and Development, 9(1), 47-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-11-2015-0053
Richards, G. & Wilson, J. (2004). The Impact of Cultural Events on City Image: Rotterdam, Cultural Capital of Europe 2001. Urban Studies, 41(10), 1931-1951. doi: 10.1080/0042098042000256323


9 November 2016

Book Review - Situated practices of strategic planning – an international perspective

Dear author,
We are pleased to inform you that your article "Situated practices of strategic planning – an international perspective" has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. 


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8 November 2016

Professor Sir Gregory Ashworth, 18th of May 1941 - 6th of November 2016


in your memory, Greg

"Some things are better; enjoy them, some things are worse; ignore them (...) 

You’re here to learn where you come from. 

You’re being forced back to question your assumption. 

It’s a voyage of discovery into yourself.” 

(Professor Sir Gregory Ashworth, Glasgow, 1941-Groningen, 2016)

7 November 2016

Imagem de Portugal, dos seus produtos, turismo e intenções de investimento

Caros(as) Colegas, No link abaixo indicado (em Português e em Inglês), têm um questionário conduzido por uma aluna do Doutoramento em Marketing e Estratégia, da Universidade do Minho, que está a realizar um estudo sobre a Imagem de Portugal, dos seus produtos, turismo e intenções de investimento. Se puderem ajudar, por favor participem no mesmo. Obrigado --
Dear Colleagues, At the link below (in English and Portuguese), you have a survey conducted by a Portuguese PHD student. If you can help, please participate in it. Thank you and have a nice day.
Versão em Português: Para aceder ao questionário, por favor clique no link seguinte: https://eeguminho.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bkpw9Pnq6UB7omF
Versão em Inglês: To begin, please click the survey URL below: https://eeguminho.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fHwunclSdkRfdr 

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

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