Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better. The concept for the Institute was developed by the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Association of Town Centre Management in the UK. They recognised a need to create a professional body capable of developing and supporting the creation of sustainable formal structures of place management, ensuring professional standards amongst all those involved in the management, development and marketing of places.
The Institute of Place Management encompasses existing support, from educational institutions, membership associations, community groups and place management partnerships and facilitates networking across these groups, both nationally and internationally. It works with policy makers, practitioners and providers to identify the core skills and competences involved in the effective management, development and marketing of places, as well as distinct skills and competences required for different types of place. We have an official journal - the Journal of Place Management and Development
The Institute of Place Management has six key objectives: 1. Supporting the 'formalisation' and sustainability of place management models 2. Developing internationally-recognised standards of performance in place management 3. Developing and providing recognised qualifications 4. Quality-marking of initiatives 5. Training, support and Continuing Professional Development 6. Research, intelligence and knowledge We work to achieve these through holding events, developing courses, publishing the Journal of Place Management and Development and undertaking research.
The Institute of Place Management became a part of Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015. Overall guidance and management of the Institute is provided by an Executive Board with support from a Membership Council. The work of the Institute is supported by its official journal which is published by Emerald. The Journal of Place Management and Development has a distinguished Editorial Board.