IPM 5th International Biennial Conference

Transforming Place: People, Processes and Practice

Adelaide, South Australia

3rd-8th November 2019


We can now confirm our conference 6th-7th November will be hosted at the Bradley Forum, University of South Australia, Adelaide 



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

Conference Schdule

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!

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.