IPM 5th International Biennial Conference

Transforming Place: People, Processes and Practice

Barossa Valley and Adelaide, South Australia

5th-8th November 2019




Join us in the beautiful Barossa Valley and City of Adelaide, South Australia for 6 days of the latest thinking and practice in place management and leadership.

Conference Schdule

Conference Chairs

- Craig Grocke is Economic Development Executive in Spatial Planning and Place Management at Regional Development Australia (RDA). RDA is an Australian Government initiative that aims to enhance growth and strengthen the regional communities of Australia and plays a pivotal role in ensuring sustainability of Australia's regions. Craig is responsible for strategic economic development projects and industry research at RDA. His expertise is in urban and regional planning, urban design, recreation planning, tourism development and place management.

- Professor Cathy Parker is Co-Chair of the Institute of Place Management and is Professor of Marketing and Retail Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, where she leads and contributes to a number of commercial and research projects in the areas of retailing, marketing and place management. 

About the conference

Over the past nine years, the IPM International Biennial Conference has brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers working and researching in the area of place management and associated fields. Our conference is a key event that develops knowledge and practice that transforms the way we understand places - as well as how we make, maintain and market them. 

Place management draws from a number of disciplines, and this knowledge can be synthesised to meet contemporary challenges, as exemplified by some of our conference themes over the years; 'The Business of Place',  'Sustainability, liveability and connectivity', and 'Inclusive placemaking'. By bringing together academics, policy makers and practitioners working in place management, placemaking and place marketing, we aim to facilitate the development of theoretical, practical and policy development. 

For our 2019 event, the Institute of Place Management are delighted to announce that we will be heading to South Australia!

Across the globe we live in a brave new world of immigration, blended communities, mixing of cultures and changing places.  Place management and development has a role to understand and facilitate transformation of towns, cities and rural areas to improve their livability, viability, tolerance and resilience to disruption. The challenge for place management policy and practice is leading the positive transformation of place to improve its prosperity. The challenge for place management theory is understanding and explaining these processes.

The 2019 conference programme will seek to explore the theme of ‘transition’, engaging an international community of knowledge and practice in understanding how place management, marketing and development can shape the relationship between people and the places in which they live. 

Abstract submissions

Submissions of 1000 word abstracts to the Conference are welcome to broaden knowledge and practice, identifying how place management, marketing and development can engage complex social problems associated with the dynamics of place, place identity and the growth of prosperous communities. 

Special interest topics include:

- Food and Wine: and their provenance in place and community

- Arts and Culture: reigniting a sense of place and belonging

- Built Environment and Urban Landscapes: creating places to meet and dwell together

- Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: sustaining and evolving place through new businesses

- Citizen Participation: engaging people in shaping the politics of place

- Business Participation: engaging business in 'the big issues'*

- Digital transformations: technology's role in empowering people in places

Of course, we are also interested in research and evidence that critiques existing theory and practice - and learning more about attempts to manage places that do not transform them, or change them in a way that excludes people or reduces their liveability, viability, tolerance and/or resilience to disruption. 

Whilst the Conference is particularly interested to receive submissions covering the special interest topics above, we will consider any contribution that is in line with the theme of Transforming Place: People, Processes and Practice. 

*This special interest topic will be curated by The BID Foundation.

To submit an abstract, please email ipm@mmu.ac.uk 

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th April 2019. Delegates will be notified of their acceptance by June 1st 2019.


Conference Details

The conference takes place over 2 days (6-7th November) at the Yalumba Winery in Angaston – time will be allocated for presentation and discussion of academic and practitioner papers. In addition to the conference, we will be holding an opening reception event on the evening of Tuesday 5th. On the evening of Thursday 7th, we will hold the conference dinner at Vintners Bar & Grill. Following the conclusion of the conference, we will be holding an optional study tour on Friday 8th November. This tour of Adelaide or the Barossa Valley will be primarily organised by Regional Development Australia, with the assistance of Mainstreet South Australia.



Accommodation is not included in the conference fee. There is ample accommodation available close to the conference venue, primarily in the nearby town of Tanunda, and also in the town of Nuriootpa. There will be a shuttle bus provided to transport delegates from each of the towns to the conference venue and back again, on each day of the event. A bus pickup from Tanunda, then Nuriootpa and onto Yalumba Winery in Angaston is a short trip. 

For more details concerning accommodation, please contact the Barossa Visitor Information Centre - they are staffed by local volunteers who can take email requests to find the best options for delegates to stay. https://www.barossa.com/members/barossa-visitor-information-centre



Travel to the conference is not included in the conference fee. The nearest airport is Adelaide International Airport, located approximately 6km from the centre of Adelaide and approximately 75km (one hour travel) from the accommodation towns of Tanunda and Nuriootpa. 


Conference Pricing 

All bookings will be payable in £GBP through our online store.


- Full Rate (excludes dinner and study tour) - £585.00 GBP

- IPM member's rate (excludes dinner and study tour) - £495.00 GBP**

- Day rate (excludes dinner and study tour) - £325.00 GBP

- Subsidised - Post Graduate (excludes dinner and study tour) (NB. Only 5 places available) - £395.00 GBP

- Conference dinner (Thursday 8th November) - £75.00 GBP

- Study tour (Friday 9th November) - £110.00 GBP 

 ** IPM member's rate also applies to members of The BID Foundation, the Landscape Institute and the Association of Town and City Management


*Registration for the conference is now open*


Additional Masterclass

On Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November, we will be holding a three day Masterclass in the city of Adelaide. This will run separately to the conference, though international delegates looking to prolong their stay in Australia may find this beneficial. More details on the Masterclass will be released in due course.