28 February 2017

Ten Full-Time Funded PhD Studentships beginning September 2017

University of Leicester School of Business - Ten Full-Time Funded PhD Studentships beginning September 2017
The School of Business is pleased to be able to offer nine Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAships) and one Graduate Research Assistantship (GRAship). The closing date is midnight on 18th April 2017. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed for suitability. Interviews for these awards are provisionally scheduled for the end of May 2017. Please see document entitled 'Further Guidance' (here) for detailed information about each specific PhD research opportunity and the process we will use to allocate them.

The School of Business at the University of Leicester is renowned for the quality of its creative, interdisciplinary and heterodox research. We welcome applications from those interested in the critical and innovative rethinking of any of the following fields: accounting; finance; innovation, technology and organization; marketing; management and organization studies; work and employment. Our PhD programme is distinctive because it is firmly located within a broadly defined critical social science tradition. Our students draw on any of the different fields of management as well as on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, physics and mathematics, science and technology studies, sociology, politics, philosophy and psychology amongst other disciplines in undertaking their research.

Each GTAship and the GRAship is worth approximately £18,748 per year over four years. These PhD research opportunities are for full-time study only and will commence in September 2017 with no exception. They will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195). The GTAships and the GRAship include a stipend of £10,309 each year as well as a salary of approximately £4,244. Suitable applications are encouraged from both UK/EU students and from international students (outside the EU). However, please note that the award covers the UK/EU tuition fee rate only: an international student would need to pay the difference between this and the international tuition fee rate themselves. This would be approximately £9,356 per year.
For how to apply for these awards go to the “How to Apply” page. Please ensure that you submit all the required documents listed – the application will not be considered for the awards if they are not included. It is also essential that you read the 'Further Guidance' and the 'GTA Job Summary' / 'GRA Job Summary' before preparing your application which you will also find on that page.

Dr Mihalis Kavaratzis
Associate Professor of Marketing – Adviser on Place Branding
School of Business | University of Leicester | University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

27 February 2017

International Conference on Urban Planning and Management

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The Metropolis International Institute - Mashhad in conjunction with the Research Center of Mashhad City Council and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad will conduct 8th International Conference on Urban Planning and Management in Mashhad, Iran from April 24-26, 2017.


Book Review: Decentralization in environmental governance: A post-contin...

24 February 2017

Review of the book: Decentralization in environmental governance: A post-contingency approach

Oliveira (2017) Decentralization in environmental governance: A post-contingency approach, Journal of Planning Literature, online first http://journals.sagepub.com/d…/full/10.1177/0885412217695487

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

This paper employs a constructing regional advantage (CRA) approach in respect of examining the potential of joint branding strategies intended to position and give visibility to cross-border regions. The CRA concept is introduced here to improve understanding about the empirical significance of a branding strategy through cross-border relatedness, differentiated knowledge bases and policy platforms. It also aims to contribute to the academic debate on region branding. The case study focuses on the Euroregion composed of Galicia in north-west Spain and northern Portugal (GNP). Findings show that the combination of the key economic domains in which GNP excels will echo the cross-border advantage and strengthen a joint region branding strategy.


20 February 2017

13 February 2017

Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective



There has been growing academic, theoretical and empirical interest in the past 35 years in ‘governance’, as employed to motivate cooperation in and across specialized systems, which impact the everyday life of citizens and organizations. Rhodes (1996Rhodes, R. (1996). The new governance: Governing without governmentPolitical Studies, 4465266710.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01747.x[CrossRef][Web of Science ®]) notes that ‘governance’ is a pervasive, albeit inconsistent, term, whilst Jessop (1998Jessop, B. (1998). The rise of governance and the risks of failure: The case of economic developmentInternational Social Science Journal, 50294510.1111/issj.1998.50.issue-155[CrossRef]) traces its origin to the classical Latin and ancient Greek words for ‘steering boats’, in the sense of actions or manners of governing, guiding or ‘steering’ conduct, often overlapping with ‘government’. Academics define ‘governance’ in multiple ways (Stead, 2013Stead, D. (2013). Dimensions of territorial governancePlanning Theory and Practice, 1414214710.1080/14649357.2012.758494[Taylor & Francis Online]), which are not all mutually cognate (Rhodes, 1996Rhodes, R. (1996). The new governance: Governing without governmentPolitical Studies, 4465266710.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01747.x[CrossRef][Web of Science ®]). Kohler-Koch and Eising (1999Kohler-Koch, B., & Eising, R. (1999). Governance in the European Union. A comparative assessment. In B. Kohler-Koch and R. Eising (Eds.), The transformation of governance in the European Union (pp. 267285). LondonRoutledge10.4324/9780203279625[CrossRef]) argue that governance varies from country to country, and even within countries. The term is not static, but rather flexible and continually adapting, as shown by this special issue’s six papers.
Stead (2013Stead, D. (2013). Dimensions of territorial governancePlanning Theory and Practice, 1414214710.1080/14649357.2012.758494[Taylor & Francis Online]) attributes this definitional disparity to different institutional settings between places as well as differences in the nature of influential non-governmental interest groups, key players and cultural factors. Jessop (1998Jessop, B. (1998). The rise of governance and the risks of failure: The case of economic developmentInternational Social Science Journal, 50294510.1111/issj.1998.50.issue-155[CrossRef]) regards governance as representing the modes and manner of governing, government to the institutions and agents charged with governing, and governing to the act of governing itself. Kohler-Koch and Eising (1999Kohler-Koch, B., & Eising, R. (1999). Governance in the European Union. A comparative assessment. In B. Kohler-Koch and R. Eising (Eds.), The transformation of governance in the European Union (pp. 267285). LondonRoutledge10.4324/9780203279625[CrossRef]) popularized the definition of governance as ‘structured ways and means in which the divergent preferences of independent actors are translated into policy choices “to allocate values”, so that the plurality of interests is transformed into co-ordinated action and the compliance of actors is achieved’ (p. 4). Stead (2013Stead, D. (2013). Dimensions of territorial governancePlanning Theory and Practice, 1414214710.1080/14649357.2012.758494[Taylor & Francis Online]) regards governance as being primarily concerned with the attainment of binding decisions in the public domain, comprising both formal and informal, and horizontal and vertical, practices. Faludi (2012Faludi, A. (2012). Multilevel (Territorial) governance: Three criticismsPlanning Theory & Practice, 1319721110.1080/14649357.2012.677578[Taylor & Francis Online]) defines governance being commonly perceived more broadly than by government institutions. Bevir (2011Bevir, M. (2011). Governance as theory, practice, and dilemma. In M. Bevir (Ed.), The SAGE handbook of governance (pp. 116). LondonSage10.4135/9781446200964[CrossRef]) argues that governance ‘refers to theories and issues of social coordination and the nature of all patterns of rule’, as well as practices and dilemmas, which place ‘less emphasis than did their predecessors on hierarchy and the state’ (p. 1).
In the mid-2000s, primarily European spatial planners began to invoke the multilevel territorial governance concept (inter alia Schmitt & Van Well, 2016Schmitt, P., & Van Well, L. (2016). Territorial governance across Europe: Pathways, practices and prospectsOxonRoutledge.; and Faludi, 2012Faludi, A. (2012). Multilevel (Territorial) governance: Three criticismsPlanning Theory & Practice, 1319721110.1080/14649357.2012.677578[Taylor & Francis Online], for more critical views), just as the terms ‘territory’ and ‘territorial cohesion’ were entering spatial planning discourses. Multilevel governance approaches highlight vertical and horizontal coordination linkages, integrating relevant interest groups and key players. Multilevel governance mushroomed from the 1990s onwards in order to capture changing relationships between the European Union’s (EU) different territorial governmental levels. Despite this focus, little attention has been paid to governance’s more specific territorial-oriented dimensions or how knowledge of territorial specificities supports spatial policy-making. This is despite the increasing complexity of European multilevel governance (e.g., more innovative types of regional cooperation, cross-border interactions and soft governance spaces).

3 February 2017

Book Review: Human smart cities – Rethinking the interplay between design and planning

Grazia Concilio and Francesca Rizzo, Human smart cities – Rethinking the interplay between design
and planning. Urban and landscape perspectives, Springer: Cham, Switzerland, 2016; 255 pp. ISBN
978-3-319-33022-8, »86.00 (hardcover)

Reviewed by: Eduardo Oliveira, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

I began this review by typing ‘smart city’ into a popular search engine. I received an impressive number of approximately 32 million entry results, some of which were definitions, while others were links to urban regions that are currently developing the multiple vectors that urban smartness entails. The ‘smart city’ is to many spatial planners and place managers yet another catchphrase that has outlived its usefulness.


2 February 2017



Dubrovnik, Croatia – May 30-31, 2017
Scientific track of the ECM conference on City Tourism
Full website under construction – below you can find the most important information.

Important Dates

  • Submit abstract (max. 1,000 words): 28th February 2017
  • Notice of acceptance: 31st of March 2017
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to register to the conference until: 7th April 2017
  • Conference: May 30-31, 2017
  • Authors invited to submit final papers for publication in Journal of Tourism Futures until 1st October 2017


Tourism is an important source of income for cities and its importance is likely to increase in the future. Not only is tourism the fastest growing segment of the leisure travel market, but business travel to cities is set to increase too. The growth of city tourism and further developments in the tourism industry as well as wider society have created a wide range of new opportunities and challenges that have already or can disrupt tourism in the future. European Cities Marketing, in association with leading academic organisations in Europe would like to invite contributors for an international conference on this subject on May 30 and 31 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

 Submitting an article

The conference seeks theoretical discussion papers, but also empirical work and/or case studies based on applied research. The focus of the conference is disruptive change in city destinations, which includes among others, but not exclusively, topics such as:
  • Economic disruptions
  • Environmental disruptions
  • Societal disruptions
  • Political disruptions
  • Disruptive policies and policymaking.
  • Technological disruptions
  • SMART disruptions
  • Disruptions in tourism product development
  • Tourism as a disruptor to processes within the wider city.
  • Disruptive tourist behaviour
We would like to explicitly invite authors to also send in papers which relate to disruptive change in any other shape, means or form. The categories mentioned above are merely an indication of potential topics.


Abstracts (max 1,000 words) should be submitted by noon on 28thFebruary 2017. The abstracts will be double blind peer-reviewed by members of the conference committee and screened for appropriateness to ensure the academic rigor and to fall within the scope of the conference. Please register after acceptance of your paper for the conference to ensure that we have your full contact details, i.e. your full name and title, departmental or other attribution (e.g. your job title), phone number and email address. At least one participant/author should register for the conference (after acceptance).You will receive notice of acceptance before 31 March 2017.
Please send the abstract as a Microsoft Word attachment to Dr. Ko KOENS (koens.k@nhtv.nl).

Publication options

The intended outputs of the seminar include a special issue of the Journal of Tourism Futures. We are also in negotiations for the publication of an edited book with an established publisher. Publication options are based on accepted papers of sufficient quality. We thus encourage all participants to submit highly developed papers. To be eligible for book or journal, the final articles need to be finished by 1stOctober 2017.

Conference cost

The conference fee for academics and presenters in the academic track is xxx Euros and includes two lunches and two dinners, coffee and refreshments as well as a side programme. Special rates are available for participants not joining the gala dinner.

 Scientific Committee:

  • Aliza Fleischer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bálint Kádár, Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem
  • Bozana Zekan, MODUL University Vienna
  • Brigitte Stangl, University of Surrey
  • Carlo Aall, Western Norway Research Institute
  • Daniel Fesenmaier, University of Florida
  • Darko Prebežac, Zagreb University
  • Elisa Burrai, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Glenn McCartney, University of Macau
  • Greg Richards, Tilburg University
  • Harald Pechlaner, Katholische Universität-Eichstätt
  • Irem Önder, MODUL University Vienna
  • Julia Meschkank, University of Potsdam
  • Katherina Gugerell, University of Groningen
  • Lidija Lalicic, MODUL University Vienna
  • Martin Lohmann, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Melanie Smith, Budapest Metropolitan University
  • Noam Shoval, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Oswin Maurer, Libera Università di Bolzano
  • Paul Peeters, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Karl Wöber (chair) – MODUL University Vienna
  • Rachel Feng, Shanghai Normal University
  • Rhodri Thomas, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Rob Law, Hongkong Polytechnic University
  • Robert Maitland, University of Westminster
  • Roy Wood, University of Macau
  • Tamara Rátz, Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences
  • Tanja Mihalič, University of Ljubljana
  • Tim Freytag, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Ulrich Gunter, MODUL University Vienna
  • Valeria Croce, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Xavier Font, University of Surrey
  • Chris Rogerson, University of Johannesburg
  • Bianca Freire Medeiros, University of Sao Paulo
  • Mónica Alatorre, Universidad de Las Américas
  • Mara Manente, University of Venice

Back ground information on the organizers

EUROPEAN CITIES MARKETING (ECM) is a more than 25 year existing non-profit organisation improving the competitiveness and performance of the leading cities of Europe. ECM provides a platform for convention, leisure and city marketing professionals to exchange knowledge, best practice and widen their network to build new business. The association consist of more than 120 city marketing and city visitor and convention bureaus of larger European cities. The organization is supported by national and regional tourism organizations, research organizations, and industry partners and is recognized as the leading European network in its field.
MODUL University Vienna is since the beginning of the association the technical research advisor. MODUL is partner in the European Tourism Futures Research Network (ETFI). This network concentrates on stimulating research studies and knowledge exchange among professionals, the industry and students.
CELTH, the Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality is the Dutch national network of research and education in the field if this domain. The network is linked worldwide to several partners, academic and from the industry side. Among the academic partners are the largest European specialized universities in Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality.
DUBROVNIK, a magnificent historic city, founded in the 7th century, traces its roots to the ancient world. It was the only city-state on the entire Croatian coast, from the 14th to the 19th century. Seafaring and trade, together with the wise international policy and skilful diplomacy brought economic and cultural prosperity and centuries of prosperity to that free city–state. The Dubrovnik people were known as good seafarers, tradesmen, scientists and writers.
The University of Dubrovnik is the “youngest” university in Croatia. It was established in 2003. on the foundations of a very long tradition which goes back to the 17th century, but also on decades of modern higher education.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact

Summer School: Land-system science for analysing dynamic landscapes: data, tools and models

all credits: http://www.wsl.ch/forschung/landschaft/zentrum/Summer_School_2017_Land-change/index_EN

tart:27th August 2017
End:01st Sep. 2017
Venue:Seminarhotel Lihn, Filzbach Glarus-Nord, Switzerland
Organizer:Zentrum Landschaft
Type of event:Workshop
Audience:PhD students and Postdocs around the world (max. 20 students)

You will develop an integrated view on land-use change and landscape assessment. You learn to use/apply state-of-the-art data, tools and models for spatial analyses and efficiently translate your scientific findings to practitioners working in the field of land-use and landscape management..
Land use and the resulting landscape character is the result of complex human–environment interactions. The complexity of these processes increasingly challenges planners, environmental agencies and policy makers. In this summer school the students learn how science can support practitioners in their decisions on sustainable land-use/landscape development. They develop skills in data processing (remote sensing, 2D, 3D), apply a range of models (ranging from statistical models and frameworks to cellular automata), and learn about efficient toolsfor stakeholder involvement (e.g., landscape visualisation and perception by people). Topics  addressed include urbanisation, land abandonment, ecosystem service mapping, conservation management, socio-economic development as well as conflict assessments between different land-use interests.
Requirements: Interest in quantitative and qualitative analysis of complex land systems; interest in science-practice interfaces; basic knowledge in R, ArcGIS.
Costs: 500 CHFr (accommodation and full board for the entire week).
Travels or transfers within Switzerland is not included.
Where: Seminarhotel Lihn, located in Filzbach, Glarus Nord
Deadline for Registration: 1 May 2017
Ariane de Bremond, GLP, CDE University of Bern
Peter Verburg, University of Amsterdam
Kasper Kok, Wageningen University
Ulrike Wissen ETH Zürich

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:...