10.5 is published – marking ten years of JPMD


Ten years ago, the Journal of Place Management and Development set out to bridge the gap between theory and practice and publish high quality research that would help place managers make better places. Over the past 10 years we have seen the practice of place management transform from one that was almost entirely focused upon feel-good factors; marketing, events, hanging baskets and Christmas lights to one which now appreciates that everything that happens in a location - both good and bad - is of relevance to place management.  A similar transition can be seen on the pages of the JPMD.

Places are complex, so the JPMD has always been interdisciplinary as the challenges faced by, as well as the opportunities presenting themselves to, our towns and cities do not fit neatly into academic boxes. We are beginning to see the impact of such a diverse but applied journal in the policies and practices of place management around the world.

Last October, editors Dominic Medway and Cathy Parker visited the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and St Petersburg at the request of Dr Kirill Rozhkov, Fellow of the Institute of Place Management. During our trip we were privileged to meet a number of people all making a difference to cities and towns around the Russian Federation. The problems they face are considerable and many are very familiar (local economic decline, lack of funding, etc.). However, the major challenge appeared to be changing the location of decision-making. It is not easy to encourage participation and decision-making in locations and communities that have been used to decades of central planning and control, even when there is clearly a political will to devolve this.

A few weeks later we were working locally, in Macclesfield, a town just south of Manchester, chairing a public consultation on the future of the town centre at the request of the local Community Interest Company, Make it Macclesfield. One of the major conclusions we took away from the discussion was the appetite from local stakeholders to be involved in decision-making, but how local government structure and culture was inhibiting this type of devolution, even though there are a number of very supportive public servants and Councillors.

In both instances we were able to provide advice and offer a way forward based on the research we have published in this journal. For authors that have had requests from reviewers or editors to make the contribution of their research more explicit for place managers, this is the reason why. The JPMD provides insight and evidence to the Institute of Place Management and our network of hundreds of practitioners and policy makers - and we want your research to make a difference, to help make better places.

Papers included in 10.5 are:

-          Putting a number on place: A systematic review of place branding influence - Evan Cleave and Godwin Arku

The paper presents potentially useful implications for place branding policy formulation and implementation.

-          Sustainable Tourism and Development: The Model Of The Albergo Diffuso - Marzia Morena, Tommaso Truppi and Maria Del Gatto

This research will be of interest for those involved in tourism practice and research, particularly those with an interest in the sustainable development of Italy.

-          Making Places and Making Tradeoffs: Mixed-Income Housing Development in Practice - Dustin C Read and Drew Sanderford

This research looks at whether public-private partnerships that support mixed-income housing development can improve the quality of housing stock and revitalise economically stagnant urban areas.

-          Measuring Urban Competitiveness: Ranking European Large Urban Zones - Lucía Sáez, Iñaki Periáñez and Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria

This research provides guidance to policy makers concerning maximising urban competitiveness, identifying the main dimensions that determine the ability of cities to compete as locations for business and hubs for investment.

-          Spatial taste formation as a place marketing tool: The case of live music consumption - Alexandros Skandalis, John Byrom and Emma Bannister

This paper illustrates how users’ perceptions of place are shaped by their experiences, and by the interplay of these experiences with their individual tastes, and vice versa.

-          The World Towns Framework: A Call to Action - Ian Davison Porter, Diarmaid Lawlor, Neil McInroy, Cathy Parker, Phil Prentice, Leigh Sparks and Gary Warnaby

This paper provides an overview of the first attempt to develop a framework to shape urban change outside of cities and metropoles, therefore it will be of interest to towns and smaller places.

-          Report on the 4th Institute of Place Management International Biennial Conference

A summary of September’s IPM conference, an inter-disciplinary event that provides a thought-provoking and challenging experience for anyone with an interest in making places better.

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