23 October 2017

Book review - Local government and urban governance in Europe

 Eduardo Oliveira (2017): Local government and urban governance in Europe, Planning Theory & Practice To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2017.1385754

This edited volume promises a European-based overview of 60 years of reform in local government policies and the evolution of urban governance practices. The editors organize the book by focusing on three driving forces, which explain in part these wide-ranging and dynamic changes over time: (1) the transition to democracy in the mid-1970s and early 1990s, (2) the 2008 financial and economic crisis, and (3) the implementation of European Union (EU) urban policies.

12 October 2017

Creating the Rotterdam of Tomorrow | Rinske Brand | TEDxRotterdam

Interview with Eduardo Oliveira on Place Branding and Strategic Spatial Planning

Interview with Eduardo Oliveira on Place Branding and Strategic Spatial Planning

Eduardo Oliveira in this interview shares his experience of using place branding as a complementary instrument in strategic spatial planning. He also discusses the digital challenges of city and regional branding and the increasing role of social media in managing place reputation.  

Learn about:

  • Place branding as an instrument of strategic spatial planning;
  • What a valuable place brand is;
  • How local governance influences place branding;
  • Destination marketing through social media: including travellers as co-creators and opinion-makers;
  • Storytelling as a tool for place branding and examples of best practice;
  • How place branding contributes to sustainable regional development.
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Reposted: "The planning of tourism on rural areas: the stakeholders` perceptions of the Boticas municipality (Northeastern Portugal)"

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"The planning of tourism on rural areas: the stakeholders` perceptions of the Boticas municipality (Northeastern Portugal)"

Most of the strategies developed to “save” rural territories in Europe have not been successful. One of the main problems has been the adoption of the top-down paradigm in the approach to the development of those territories. Portugal is a good example of the difficulty of adopting a bottom-up paradigm. The main objective of this paper is to present the perceptions of the local (including the residents) and regional stakeholders acting at Boticas towards the set of resources available and the development of the tourism industry. Boticas is a Northeastern Portuguese rural low density municipality. Capturing those perceptions, the research aims contributing to the establishment of a more integrated and innovative development strategy and, this way, a more able one in what concerns profiting from the potential associated to the growing of the tourism industry experienced lately by Portugal. The adoption of a mixed-method to proceed to the evaluation of the resources and capturing the perceptions on their tourist potential kept by the different stakeholders is suggested. Empirical data was collected through a survey applied to 373 of its residents and 25 interviews conducted to local and regional actors, supported by an inventory performed of the cultural resources and its capacity of being visited. We could conclude that residents tend to have a very positive perception towards tourism development and that their perceptions largely met the ones of other stakeholders.

Keywords: Rural Development; Tourism Planning; Perceptions; Resources; Tourist Attributes; Stakeholders.

Resumo de artigo publicado em European Countryside, Vol.9, Nº 3, 2017, págs. 504-525 [DOI: 10.1515/euco-2017-0030] (trabalho em co-autoria com Paula Remoaldo, Isabel Freitas, Olga Matos, Hélder Lopes, Maria Dolores Sánchez Fernández e Vitor Ribeiro).

3 October 2017

16th meeting: Adaptive Planning for Spatial Transformation

Supporting cities and regions in being responsive to opportunities and threats that are yet unknown is a key challenge for the discipline of planning. Planners look for ways to guide urban transformations on the one hand, and on the other to strengthen the adaptive capacity of cities and regions to unforeseen effects, consequences, and events. While planners and governance experts often indicate the importance of this tension, this conference contributes to the still rudimentary debate on how planning strategies can effectively assist in resolving this tension.
Framed within a Complexity Science perspective, academics and professionals are invited to:
  • DEVELOP analytical models and methods for mapping, comparing, simulating and evaluating, interactions between deliberate planning interventions and self-organised processes of change.
  • ANALYSE non-linear urban and regional transformations and emergent socio-spatial configurations.
  • IDENTIFY innovative and experimental planning strategies and projects that enable and constrain urban and regional adaptive evolution.
  • PROPOSE ways to resolve the tensions in urban and regional development frameworks between allowing for experimentation and securing equality, seizing opportunities and avoiding risks, and strengthening responsiveness and promoting desired change.
Contributions that are empirically grounded, whether based on qualitative methods, quantitative methods or mixed-methods, are particularly welcomed.
Set up of the conference
The workshop is hosted by the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The workshop will take place on May 23th-25th, 2018.
Next to a keynote, session presentations, and debates, it will also include a workshop on adaptive planning in Dutch planning practice. The conference will be free of charge.
Important dates
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1st of November 2017
Date of notification of acceptance: 31st of November 2017
Deadline for submitting full papers: 15th of April 2018
Abstract submissions (see guidelines) can be emailed to complexity@rug.nl.
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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:...