Journal of Place Management & Development reveals Award for Excellence winners


The Journal has announced this year's 'outstanding paper' and 'outstanding reviewer' award recipients. 


Outstanding Paper Winner


Viriya Taecharungroj won the outstanding paper of the year award for City Ambassadorship and Citizen Behaviours: Modelling resident behaviours that help cities grow.

This study focuses on residents as an aspect of city marketing practice. The paper encourages us to think of residents not as “merely passive beneficiaries of the city” but also as “the city’s active partners”. Building on work published in this journal by Braun et al. (2013), the study goes on to explore two important roles for the inhabitants of cities: residents as ambassadors and residents as citizens. Surveying 858 residents in Bangkok, the study provides more empirical support for the previous finding that resident satisfaction positively affects ambassadorship behaviours. However, the study also finds that resident satisfaction positively affects citizenship behaviours. From a place management perspective, city citizenship behaviours are even more important than ambassador behaviours (which may be more aligned to people outside the city). As the author notes, citizenship behaviours “result when residents contribute to the city by helping other people and participating in events that can improve the city” such as “[v]oting in an election, participating in focus groups or town hall events for the local government, volunteering in social projects, and helping fellow residents during natural disasters”. 

The paper appears in Volume 9 Issue 3. IPM members can access the article for free through the Member's area.

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Highly Commended Winners


Our three highly commended papers were as follows:


Fernando Rey Castillo-Villar for Urban icons and city branding development.

This paper focuses on the role of iconic architecture and landmarks in cities. The article begins by criticising many contemporary urban icons as their globalised and standardised appearance has a lack of meaning for local people. By interviewing 30 local residents of Monterrey (Mexico), the author develops a new approach to the creation of future urban icons, as the research confirmed that existing contemporary urban icons were not considered by respondents to represent their city. In future, to connect more favourably with residents, the author suggests that new urban icons should be a symbol of public space, link with the local identity and generate positive experiences.

The paper appears in Volume 9 Issue 3. IPM members can access the article for free through the Member's area.



Norberto Muñiz Martínez for Towards network place branding through multiple stakeholders and based on cultural identities.


Through examining the development of place branding involving multiple stakeholders and cultural identities, Martinez’s article looks at the key considerations in modern place branding and the particular role of place identity and shared image. It illustrates the issues involved by examining the place-branding process in Colombia’s coffee region. In a detailed case study, which makes comparisons with wine-growing regions, the article explores the development of an effective place brand and the development of tourism in the region, and provides insight into place branding in a tropical country that is a raw material supplier.

The paper appears in Volume 9 Issue 1. IPM members can access the article for free through the Member's area.

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Herbert Schubert for Urban crime prevention - broadening of perspectives


This study examines 50 years of development and the different concepts around CP-UDPM. Schubert helps create a theoretical framework for the remaining volume and closes with recommendations for a multi-level approach to the issue. This text constitutes not only an excellent introduction for everybody approaching the subject for the first time but also a very useful summary for those more familiar with it.

The paper appears in Volume 9 number 2 - a special issue on Crime Prevention through Urban Design, Planning and Management. IPM members can access the article for free through the Member's area.

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Outstanding Reviewers


This year's outstanding reviewer awards go to:


Sonya Hannah - who was awarded for her consistently highly constructive and detailed reviews.

Ares Kalandides - who was awarded for his high quality reviews, and for being our most active reviewer over the last twelve months. 


The editorial team would like to congratulate all of our winners, and thank all of our authors and reviewers for their efforts during the past year.

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