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The official journal of the Institute of Place Management, Journal of Place Management and Development (JPMD) brings together high-quality research from multiple disciplines on the subject of place making

ISSN: 1753-8335
eISSN: 1753-8335

Aims and scope

Place management and place branding are issues of increasing international importance, as places constantly adapt to meet the needs of their users against a back-drop of economic uncertainty, demographic change, social and environmental challenges, and technological innovation. The journal aims to advance our understanding of place management, place branding and related fields on a variety of geographical scales (from the micro/hyperlocal/neighbourhood to the regional/national level) by exploring issues relating to:

  • The capacity and capability of place stakeholders (local authorities, Destination Management Organisations, Business Improvement Districts, multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships, citizens, local businesses, grassroots movements, etc) to create, curate, revitalise, promote, and sustain places at all scales.
  • Skills, competencies, and knowledge frameworks required to develop place leadership and support place transformation
  • The effectiveness of placemaking interventions designed to enhance or consolidate positive place experience, pride in place, and sense of belonging.
  • The relationship between tourism and place and the sustainability of tourism as a driver of place development in a global context.
  • The role of businesses and entrepreneurs in supporting circular and sustainable development in places, districts and ecosystems and how their business strategies reflect on place communities.
  • Critical discussions regarding the production, development, branding, management and consumption of places from different geographical and sociological lenses

The journal is unique in bringing together research from management, real estate, marketing and business studies, tourism, retailing, geography, public administration, sociology, planning and design. We welcome empirical, conceptual and methodological contributions that aim to advance our understanding of place management, branding, marketing and development as topics of strategic significance for the betterment of places in a global scale.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Place making
  • Organizational and governance structures in place management
  • The marketing and branding of places
  • Digital, virtual and augmented places
  • The consumption of place
  • Place design and planning considerations
  • Place regeneration
  • Place competitiveness
  • Community engagement and place development
  • Sustainable and circular communities
  • Local economic development
  • The relationship between tourism and places, with a focus on sustainable tourism
  • International perspectives upon, and best practice in, place management
  • Town centre, Downtown and Mainstreet management, BIDs etc.
  • Neighbourhood and community renewal
  • Location management (eg. shopping centres, airports etc.)
  • Business strategy, entrepreneurship and place communities
  • Methodological advancements in place management, such as data-driven approaches and AI applications for the betterment of places

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our responsible management goal