Early 2017, I was given an award for the outstanding paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. I consider this a major scientific achievement, recognizing my scientific contribution to the literature on place branding. Researching the theoretical linkage between place branding and strategic spatial planning, through content analysis of strategic plans and policy documents was a ground-breaking approach in place branding studies, and the award reflects this. It demonstrates my methodological skills in collecting and analysing data through content analysis, a data collection method I intend to use in my future research.
Oliveira, E. (2015) Place Branding in Strategic Spatial Planning: A Content Analysis of Development Plans, Strategic Initiatives and Policy Documents for Portugal 2014-2020, Journal of Place Management and Development, 8(1): 23–50. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JPMD-12-2014-0031
The scientific paper ‘Constructing Regional Advantage’ is currently listed as one of the most frequently read article published in Regional Studies, Regional Science with 9,488 views (last update on 29.08.2019). I consider this to be a major scientific achievement. This is because it highlights the scientific impact and societal relevance of my work on place branding.
It demonstrates my capacity for embracing interdisciplinary research and exploring the theoretical and empirical linkages between concepts or approaches across different scientific fields. In this case, the concept of constructing regional advantage, an economic geography concept, was investigated for its possible interrelationships with place branding across administrative border regions. In my view, the interdisciplinar exploration of fields of inquiry highlights my scientific curiosity and my ability to observe phenomena from different points of view, collecting and analyzing the data in impactful and meaningful scientific outputs.
Oliveira, E. (2015) Constructing Regional Advantage in Branding the Cross-border Euroregion Galicia-Northern Portugal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2(1): 340–348. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21681376.2015.1044020