26 April 2017

5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy for PhD students and early career researchers

15th European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 “Regions and cities working for a better future”
8-12 October 2017, Brussels

5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy for PhD students and early career researchers

As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers for the fifth time between 9 and 12 October 2017.
The Master Class will be organised and led by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). A selection panel composed by these organisations will be responsible for reviewing the applications and selecting participants.
The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, it will serve to
  • discuss recent research on European regional and urban development and EU Cohesion Policy;
  • enable PhD students and early career researchers to exchange views and network with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics;
  • raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.
  • This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects.
30 successful applicants from the EU Member States and non-EU countries will be selected and invited to attend the Master Class. 
Interested PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years after completing their PhD) are requested to submit applications to the Regional Studies Association (RSA) by the deadline of 9 May 2017, 3pm BST to daniela.carl@regionalstudies.org
Applications must be accompanied by abstracts of papers to be developed on one of these themes:
  • Resilient regions and cities: What local and regional strategies have proved successful in addressing the economic crisis and providing resilience? What lessons have regional and local authorities learned from the crisis and how has EU Cohesion Policy contributed to these lessons?
  • Governance of regional local development: How does EU Cohesion Policy influence “good governance” and innovation in the public sector?
  • Sharing knowledge across borders: How does EU Cohesion Policy facilitate learning between regions and cities and what are future directions in this respect?

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 May 2017 and invited to submit their full paper with a maximum of 3,000 words to the RSA by 11 September 2017. The organisers will cover travel and accommodation expenses of all participants. 

For more details and the application form, go to www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/ewrc-2017

Photos from the 2016 Master Class are available at www.flickr.com/photos/regionalstudiesassociation/sets/72157675269534946 

25 April 2017

Online platforms for collaborative urbanism & smart cities

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Localdata. (2015). Better data makes better cities [Online]. Available: http://localdata.com/

NUI Maynooth. (2015). DublinDashboard [Online]. Available: http://www.dublindashboard.ie/pages/DublinDataStore

OpenStreetMap Foundation. (2015). OpenStreetMap [Online]. Available: https://www.openstreetmap.org/about

Giffinger, R., Fertner, C., Kramar, H., Kalasek, R., Pichler-Milanovic, N. and Meijers, E. (2007).
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Territorial Agenda 2020. (2011). Territorial agenda of European Union 2020—Towards an inclusive, smart and sustainable Europe of diverse regions. http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/policy/what/territorial-cohesion/territorial_agenda_2020.pdf

Annunziato, M. (2013). Smart Cities - la roadmap per le città sostenibili (in Italian). IV Forum “Green City Energy”, Pisa, 4–5 July 2013. http://greencityenergy.it/pisa/files/Smartcities-Mauro_Annunziato.pdf

Annunziato, M., & Pede, G. (2012). City 2.0. Smart ring project in L’Aquila. http://www.uttei.enea.it/tecnologie-per-le-smart-cities/files-smart-cities/city-2-0-uno-smart-ring-a-Laquila

EIP-SCC (2015). Smart cities and communities—The European innovation partnership on smartcities and communities. http://ec.europa.eu/eip/smartcities/

Hebrew. (2013). Digi-Tel—How to join Digi-Tel club. http://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/Tolive/digitel/Pages/joiningdigitel.aspx

Davies, T. (2010). Open data, democracy and public sector reform. A look at open government data use from data.gov.uk. [Online] Available at: http://www.opendataimpacts.net/report/wpcontent/uploads/2010/08/How-is-open-government-data-being-used-in-practice.pdf

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Davies, T., & Bawa, Z. A. (2012). The promises and perils of open government data. [Online] Available at: http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/929/955

Davies, T., Perini, F., & Alonso, J. (2013). Researching the emerging impacts of open data. [Online] Available at: http://www.opendataresearch.org/sites/default/files/posts/Researching%20the%20emerging%20impacts%20of%20open%20data.pdf

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European Commission. (2014). Summary of the partnership agreement for Romania, 2014–2020. [Online] Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/pa/partnershipagreement-romania-summary_en.pdf

Gruen, N., & Steward, A. (2010). Report of the government 2.0 taskforce. [Online] Available at: http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/files/Government20TaskforceReport.pdf

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18 April 2017

Inclusive Placemaking

Institute of Place Management 4th International Biennial Conference

Call for Papers: Inclusive Placemaking

7th – 8th September 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK

Special Track: Museums & Places

Conference Chairs: Dr Ares Kalandides, Dr Steve Millington and Professor Cathy Parker
The repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis continue to reverberate across the world, presenting major challenges to local development.  In many places, after decades of regeneration, the money has simply run out. This is an era of austerity, but one where responsibility for prosperity (or failure) is being devolved and localised through current political agendas.  This coincides with calls to take back control, both in the UK and USA. However, the local capacity to transform places, to tackle serious issues such as income inequality and climate change is severely over-estimated, and brings into question the future of the current economic development mantra, inclusive growth.
Despite these broad economic and political uncertainties, places continue to evolve.  In the absence of public or private funding there is a greater emphasis on communities to self-organise, through ordinary and neighbourhood placemaking.  The stories of how people in places support the arts, the local heritage, the vulnerable, the young and the old can be an inspirational example of creativity and compassion. Nevertheless, the organisers of food banks, free after-school clubs, community litter-picks, and all the other people who attend neighbourhood gardens, produce local festivals and events, are under-resourced, under-supported, and under-valued. 
In this context, we want to understand more about placemaking as a participatory and inclusive practice, which connects individuals into networks of place-based action and results in the context of austerity, devolution, and local responsibility.  We are also interested in moving beyond the silos of academics disciplines or professional interventions, to consider the connection between business, community and policy. 
We suggest papers might address the following themes:
  • Collective practices of solidarity in an era of austerity
  • Gender and placemaking
  • Creativity and placemaking, as a tool of engagement and transforming place identity
  • Landscape and placemaking
  • Case studies exploring the impact of inclusive placemaking
  • Civic and community-led initiatives
  • The personal motivations, vulnerabilities and achievements of placemakers
  • The practicalities involved in delivering and overcoming barriers to effective placemaking
  • Arts and placemaking
  • The relationship between tourism and placemaking
  • Inclusive models of place management and governance
  • Case studies examining community empowerment at a grassroots level
  • Placemaking for degrowth
  • The communication of place-based narratives in placemaking and place marketing/branding
  • The role and value of small-scale events and festivals
  • Business as actors in local communities
  • Conceptual and ontological issues of placemaking
  • Placemaking and the law
  • The role of digital and social media in placemaking

*Special Track: Museums & Places

  • Museums as social hubs
  • Museums, memory & placemaking
  • The role of museums in place marketing/place branding
  • Museums and tourism
Please visit the Museums & Places Special Track page for more details.
Please submit 500-1000 word abstracts to:  Gareth Roberts by 5pm, Wednesday 31st May, 2017.

Conference Pricing

Pricing for the conference is as follows:
  • Standard price: £385
  • Early-bird price (limited to 20 places): £345
  • IPM Member price (also applies to Landscape Institute members): £345
  • Post-graduate student price (limited to 5 places): £345
  • Manchester Met staff price: £345
  • Single day price: £195
  • Optional conference dinner (Thursday 7th Sept): £70

Important Dates

Registration for the conference will open in May.
Deadline for abstracts by 5pm, Wednesday 31st May, 2017

12 April 2017

Reblogged: A City Is Not a Computer


10 April 2017

PhD students in Human Geography (2) at the Department of Human Geography Stockholm University. Closing date: 1 June 2017.


PhD students in Human Geography (2)

at the Department of Human Geography. Closing date: 1 June 2017.
The Department of Human Geography is dedicated to research and education in geography, human geography and urban and regional planning. Today, the Department employs about 50 people, 30 of whom are academic staff and about 15 post-graduate (doctoral) students. The total number of students during one year is about 500 including around 100 master programme students.
The Department of Human Geography has three research profiles; The Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment (SURE), Historical geography and landscape studies and Population geography, migration and GIS. Information on ongoing research in the profiles is available at: www.humangeo.su.se/english/research.

Human geography studies human activity from a spatial perspective. This means that human geographers are interested in social processes and their spatial aspects, such as spatial organisation, context, interaction between different locations, and space as a physical location or social construction created by social relations. Human geography is often studied within different subdisciplines, such as economic geography, population geography, historical geography, political geography, and social geography.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 credits (ects), of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.
In addition, applicants must have earned at least 90 credits in human geography or another relevant subject. In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Geography with emphasis on Human Geography stipulates that: ”The language of instruction and supervision is either Swedish or English". Accordingly, very good knowledge of Swedish or English is required in order to meet the specific entry requirements.
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a PhD student position. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a PhD student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The most important selection criterion is the candidate’s ability to achieve the programme objectives. Special attention is given to (ranked criteria):
  • The scholarly ability previously demonstrated by the candidate in first- and second-cycle thesis projects, as well as in the preliminary research plan
    a. independence in the analysis and planning of previous degree projects;
    b. definition of problem and rigor, both in previous projects and in the research plan;
    c. previously demonstrated ability to complete tasks within specified time limits;
    d. methodological and scholarly maturity;
    e. ability to communicate and collaborate.
  • The candidate’s prior knowledge of relevant academic fields.
  • The candidate’s ability to contribute to and benefit from the research environment at the Department of Human Geography.
Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules.

Terms of employmentThe term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.
Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education (a total of 240 credits – 165 credits for the PhD thesis and 75 credits for courses), but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact our Director of Studies, Eva Andersson, eva.andersson@humangeo.su.se, or the research profile leaders: bo.malmberg@humangeo.su.sekaren.haandrikman@humangeo.su.se, ilda.lindell@humangeo.su.se, peter.schmitt@humangeo.su.se, dominic.power@humangeo.su.se, lowe.borjeson@humangeo.su.se or anders.wastfelt@humangeo.su.se.

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se.

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application
  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the dicipline/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete a PhD-project
    – what makes you suitable for your suggested PhD-project
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).
The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.
You are welcome to apply!

Stockholms universitet – hos oss ger utbildning och forskning resultat.
Closing date: 01/06/2017

Seeking 21st century Hospital Design? by Mohammed Shokry Abdelaal

Along the past year, I was working on a research project to find some indicators for measuring the efficiency of the old Islamic healthcare facilities "Bimaristan" from the contemporary perspective.I searched for the most advanced and recent trends of designing healthcare facilities: Planetree, Evidence-Based Design(EBD), Lean Design and more.
Whenever I start testing a historical Bimaristan against these parameters, I discover that it exceeded these recently invented standards.No wonders, our former Muslim architects "Mo'alems" were masterminds!
When I started tracking the evolution of designing healthcare facilities in the Western world through history. It stunned me that European hospitals were using Islamic Bimaristans as role models to follow till the end of 19th century.
The design techniques started to split away from their original "wheel" after the booming of the industrial revolution.Since then, the dull, gloomy and overcasted types of so-called "modern hospitals" emerged in Europe and North America.
Briefly speaking, the design of healthcare facilities missed its original wheel since the drastic withdrawal of its original "Wheel", the Bimaristan.

5 April 2017

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.

4 April 2017

Free to download (EO)

Place branding in strategic spatial planning: an analysis at the regional scale with special reference to Northern Portugal

Architecture and public debate in modern Europe

T H E P R I N T E D A N D T H E B U I L T 

This project studies the relationship between the built environment and print culture in modern Europe, concentrating on the 19th and early 20th centuries. In this period, a host of new public media developed, altering the way architecture was discussed, understood, and – ultimately – built. Looking particularly at the illustrated press emerging in mid 19th century, we examine the way architecture in the modern period becomes a site for cultural negotiation through printed media. This multidisciplinary humanities study will, we believe, throw new light on the intricate web of spatial, material and discursive practices that shaped the modern public sphere. The project is based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) /Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS), in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and a wide international network.

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The Common Press Links Students to Printmaking History


The Common Press is a collaboration of interests, including writing through Kelly Writers House (KWH), print culture via the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and visual arts and design at PennDesign. The facility provides a mixed media environment where students can move between digital and manual image-making while collaborating with writers, printmakers, and others in the book arts. The Common Press exists to assist in teaching design and facilitate collaborative projects across the University.

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:...