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2021 at the Institute of Place Management

IPM Members have been central to work at the Institute this year, as we and place managers everywhere have responded to the pandemic. We will build on this work in 2021, with our widest programme yet, at a time when professional support for towns and cities is vital.

Take a look at what we have planned…and find more information on becoming an IPM Member.


IPM Biennial Conference: ‘Place Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World’
Our flagship event where place practitioners and academics gather, online and in-person

On 9th-10th September, we’ll be hosting our biennial conference. We are in the early stages of organising an in-person conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, with the opportunity for delegates to attend virtually.

There will be further announcements about our biennial event early in the new year. The working title for the conference is: Place Leadership in post-pandemic world.

IPM Research Seminars
A regular platform for our Members to present and learn from the latest research.

Our exciting elevator pitch format has always been a great opportunity for members to meet up, network and learn about new research and different perspectives in place management. In 2021 we will provide online streaming of each research seminar as well as hoping to return to a live, in-person audience in Manchester.

11th February - Remote only

15th April – Manchester and remote access

16th December (Christmas special) – Manchester and remote access

Additional special research seminars may be announced throughout the year. In 2020 we hosted two special editions to mark the releases of “The Routledge Handbook of Place” and “Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices” which had input from IPM staff and members of the institute.

Webinar Series
Covering the topical and the essential, and programmed by our world-leading research team

Based on the IPM research programme for 2021, we will be hosting a number of webinar series on key topics within place management. These are opportunities to gain insight and contribute your own perspective. We’ll be confirming specific dates in early 2021, but you can expect the following webinar series:

January – February: Citizen Participation vs Community Engagement

March – June: Revisiting the COVID-19 Recovery Framework: Reinventing and Transformation

October – December: Improving the high street experience

Each webinar will include practical advice for place managers, with the core theme of the webinar based on academic content undertaken by our core research team. Each series will include a number of guest speakers to provide best practice and case studies from around the world.

CPD Courses and Masterclasses
Covering the topical and the essential, and programmed by our world-leading research team

In November 2020, we launched a new CPD programme, which is closely aligned with our Postgraduate Place Management and Leadership courses.

One-Day Masterclass in Place Leadership | 21 Jan 2021
This masterclass will explore the different styles of leadership and strategies within the context of places, critically evaluating differing techniques and case studies from across the sector.
Members: £100 / Non-Members: £300

Short Course: Fundamentals of Place Management and Leadership | 21 Jan 2021
Directly linked to our taught MSc in Place Management and Leadership, this short course introduces you to the fundamentals of place management and leadership from an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective. It will be delivered over a 4-month period, with tailored support and bespoke resources to support you with your study and assessment.
Members only: £1500

In the New Year we’ll launch further masterclasses and short courses based on topics such as Place Marketing and Branding as well as Economic Development.

Monthly News Bulletin
Keeping you up-to-date on latest knowledge, events and opportunities to contribute

We will continue to deliver a monthly bulletin full of insightful and informative content, with opportunities for members to promote their events and contribute to our blog. This will include updates on key projects such as the Vital and Viable programme, ABCitiEs, The BID Foundation and The High Streets Task Force, as well as highlighting events throughout the calendar.

Journal of Place Management and Development
Four issues every year that help bridge the gap between theory and practice, with high-quality research

The Journal of Place Management and Development, the official academic journal of IPM, is led by our Senior Researcher Dr Nikos Ntounis and gone from strength to strength, now producing four issues a year. The multi-disciplinary journal covers a broad range of issues in the field of Place Management and is free to access for all our paid members.


New Podcast
Showcasing Members and discussion about impactful work from around the world

In the New Year, we hope to launch a new place podcast, offering up multiple opportunities for members to showcase and talk about their work. The first podcast in the series will focus on the role of independent retail on our high streets and town centres.

Let us know if you would be interested in being featured in our podcast series. Click here to register an interest


Products and Services
Opportunities to work with IPM in a professional capacity and gain support

In 2021 we will be rolling new products and services allowing members great opportunities to work directly with our team on specific projects. Products and services include:


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Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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