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Special Issue of Communication & Society: Place Branding. A Communication Perspective

The journal Communication & Society announces the publication of a Special Issue in October 2018 focused on “Place Branding. A Communication Perspective” guest-edited by 

Nigel Morgan (University of Swansea)

Mihalis Kavaratzis (University of Leicester) 

José Fernández-Cavia (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). 

Although Place Branding is no longer an emerging field of study, it not yet established as a mature discipline. The valuable work of a number of scholars in recent years has advanced the theoretical background of the discipline. Furthermore, the application of branding strategies to a variety of places has greatly contributed to the popularization and professionalization of the field, something also verified by the founding of the International Place Branding Association.

One of the prevailing qualities of place branding is that it critically affects people’s lives as residents and citizens. At the same time, one of its most problematic features is that the image and reputation of plac…

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International conference, Cardiff (UK), 28.31 August 2018

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International conference, Cardiff (UK), 28.31 August 2018
Cross-border areas, macro-regions: rethinking the EU spatiality? 
Session sponsored by the Political Geography Research Group
Conveyors: Estelle Evrard (University of Luxembourg) and Franziska Sielker (University of Cambridge) 
Over the last few years, scholars have attempted to capture EU spatiality. The concept of territoriality was coined as a useful tool to examine the spatial significance of the EU as a political system transcending nation states (Moisio & Lukkonnen, 2014). The different accession phases (“widening”) and integration phases (“deepening”, e.g. Euro currency, Schengen Area) have been analysed as “differenciated integration” (Schimmelfenning, 2016). Over the last two decades, national political parties and public opinion have played a larger role in the integration process. This progressive shift towards the EU integration was described as a move from a “permissive consensu…

Regional Governance, Industrial Restructuring and Sustainable Development

We are pleased to annouce that registration is open for our forthcoming Global conference in China, this will take place between 29th June - 1st July 2018 at Peking University, Beijing, China. We have 3 confirmed plenary speakers with more names to follow shortly. Please see below for all the relevant information.
Abstract submission deadline: 28thFebruary 2018
Special Session proposal deadline: 14th February 2018

Confirmed plenary speakers (more to follow):Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
David Rigby, UCLA, USA
Robert Hassink, Kiel University, Germany
Submission Details
Please submit your abstract (250 - 500 word abstracts) through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 28th February 2017. Please click hereto see the Call for Papers, to read more about the conference pleaseclick here.

We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities…

Call for papers: Spatial planning & place branding: rethinking synergies and governance

In a special issue for European Planning Studies we intend to bring together experts on spatial planning and place branding to think explicitly on the relation between the two fields and the potential of  theories and practices in which the two are integrated. We believe exploring the relation between spatial planning and place branding is useful and important because, on the one hand, the relation is still under- explored, while planning could use the insights in place-based value creation stemming from place branding, and place branding often lacks insight in how places might actually be changed or preserved through coordinated intervention. On the other hand, much of the literature on place branding in our view either under- estimates or over- estimates what branding can do, partly because of underlying ideological assumptions, partly because of simply a lack of insight in the functioning of governance, including spatial governance. Bringing planning and branding closer together i…