Institute of Place Management 4th International Biennial Conference


Inclusive Placemaking

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


Conference Chairs: Professor 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. 

Papers 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


You can find a preliminary programme here


For more information please contact Gareth Roberts.


Conference Pricing

Pricing for the conference is as follows:

  • Standard price: £385
  • Early-bird price: £295 (early bird registration will close on 15th July)
  • IPM Member price (also applies to Landscape Institute members): £295
  • PhD student price: £250
  • Manchester Met staff price: £295
  • Single day price: £195
  • Optional conference dinner (Thursday 7th Sept): £70


Important Dates

Registration for the conference is now open. See top right for a link to the registration site.



** Springboard have announced the sponsorship of five bursaries for the conference. These bursaries will be cover the registration fee only. Deadline for applications is August 4th 2017. Please note that priority for these bursaries will be given to those who have had abstracts accepted for the conference. To find out more, visit here***




Academic Committee

  • Professor Ares Kalandides
  • Professor Cathy Parker
  • Dr Steve Millington
  • Professor Dominic Medway
  • Professor Gary Warnaby
  • Professor Simon Quin
  • Dr Bex Lewis
  • Gareth Roberts
  • Dr David Cooper