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Place Management and Leadership - 30th March 23

Place Management and Place Leadership

Webinar: 30th March 2023 | 3pm - 5pm

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Join us for this themed research seminar where we will be hearing the latest research from the IPM and authors who have recently published in the IPM's Journal of Place Management and Development. The seminar will be taking place in Manchester and online and we will be joined by the new cohort of postgraduate Place Management and Leadership students.

Chair: Dr Chloe Steadman


Professor Cathy Parker & Matt Colledge
Place leadership in local authorities: Collaboration and resistance

Local Authorities are seen as the responsible body for high streets but the quality of place leadership is low. Place leadership combines skills and knowledge to bring capacity and capability for place transformation across boundaries – be they internal (silos) or external (across other organisations, institutions or cultures). However, there is little published evidence on high quality place leadership in the context of local authorities. This makes it difficult to be articulating to leaders in local authorities what skills and knowledge they may be lacking – or even assess whether local authorities have the right people in place leadership positions. In this presentation, Matt Colledge, Executive Director of the High Streets Task Force and Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the IPM, share new research that develops a “collaborative cycle of place leadership” identifying the personal traits, as well as common enablers and barriers place leaders face. This, they hope, is the evidence needed to promote the importance of place leadership in local authorities and a clearer focus on attracting and retaining inspirational place leaders.

Jamie Hamill
Exploring BID leadership

Dr Laura Ripoll-Gonzalez
Sustainability as economic value pluralism: Implications for urban politics and policy

Many cities around the world have adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDGs) to assist the operationalization of a triple-bottom line approach to sustainable development (SD). However, despite an expressed commitment to the SDGs, the narratives underpinning city branding, city policy, urban planning and urban development strategies still mostly focus on generating economic value narrowly conceived as exchange value, a strategy that delivers growth with many attendant social, community, and environmental risks. The presentation analyses howvalue has been represented (or not) in New York City branding and urban planning strategies over time (2007–2017), illustrating how the City's urban development plans and sustainable city narratives have favoured the pursuit of exchange value despite its formal adoption of the SDGs.

Dr Cecilia Cassinger
Enacting safe places: A study of (im)balancing acts in everyday city centre management

Navigating safety and security issues is a recent task for city centre managers in Sweden. In this presentation, Cecilia Cassinger, Associate Professor of strategic communication at Lund University, Sweden, and researcher of social sustainability in tourism cities, addresses different strategies of enacting place safety in Swedish city centres. The presentation builds on a study carried out during 2017–2020 in the cities of Stockholm, Helsingborg and Malmö. In contrast to the dominant ‘top-down’ view of place safety as a manageable asset, this research suggests that safety in public places should be understood as an ongoing accomplishment in everyday work practice.

Professor Gary Warnaby
Valorising (temporary) urban space: A role for 'pop-up'?

Vacancy is a fact of life in town centre retailing: indeed, normal retail 'churn' in the form of what Wrigley and Dolega term "short-run 'healthy' vacancy" (as opposed to longer-term, structural 'bad' vacancy) is arguably one manifestation of an 'adaptive' high street. An important issue for place managers, is how vacant retail space in town centres could potentially be managed. In this presentation, Gary Warnaby, Professor of Retailing and Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and extensively published on place marketing and [pop-up] retailing, outlines four manifestations of how the pop-up concept can be valorised: individual pop-up stores/experiences; pop-up agglomerations; pop-up service facilities; and pop-up brokerage services. The implications of these four manifestations are outlined and analysed.

Dr James Vandeventer
Ecological place management


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