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Eduardo Henrique da Silva Oliveira 
Organisational unit Landscape Dynamics
Landscape ecology
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
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Eduardo Oliveira holds a Ph.D. in spatial sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2012-2016). In his Ph.D. thesis (details below), he brings together place branding and strategic spatial planning, particular at the regional scale. His work appears in journals such as Journal of Place Management and Development, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Regional Studies, Regional Science, European Planning Studies. Eduardo is also a regular voice at conferences focusing on spatial planning, territorial governance and regional studies.

Eduardo is a Postdoctoral researcher at WSL. He integrates the CONCUR project team. He devotes special attention to the effectiveness of territorial governance in strategic spatial plan-making and plan-implementation and how spatial planning impacts land change (CONCUR project aim 2*).

CONCUR details: From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions

CONCUR (dedicated webpage)

Global LAND Project

The Landscape Research Center WSL

WSL researcher secures SNSF Consolidator

CONCUR project coordinator

Anna Hersperger

CONCUR project team

Simona R. Grădinaru | Sofia Pagliarin | Gaëtan Palka

CONCUR project aim 2 case studies

Barcelona (Spain), Cardiff (Wales, UK), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), Hamburg (Germany), Hannover (Germany), Helsinki-Uusimaa (Finland), Lyon (France), Milan (Italy), Oslo-Akershus (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Stuttgart (Germany), Vienna (Austria)

Main topics under investigation*

  • Territorial governance in strategic spatial plan making and plan implementation
  • The impacts of strategic spatial plans on urban land change 
  • Planning through urban-regional development projects
  • Governance networks
  • Environmental governance, territorial governance and socio-ecological systems
  • Urban regions as socio-ecological systems

Visiting period at the Dep. of Human Geography, Stockholm University within the CONCUR project


29th of May - 23rd of June 2017


Refining a Conceptual and Operational Framework for Analysing Territorial Governance in Processes of Strategic Spatial Planning at the Urban Regional Level


This international visit, while brief, is intended to (i) refine the visiting fellow’s proposed framework for analysing territorial governance, within the context of strategic spatial planning, by identifying drawbacks and opportunities, as well as clarifying whether additional primary data are necessary to support further improvements to the framework, and (ii) discuss with the host and other Stockholm-based experts how territorial governance and strategic spatial planning can cross-fertilize with each other. 


Professor Dr. Peter Schmitt

Dep. of Human Geography

Stockholm University



January 2012 – March 2016: PhD in Spatial SciencesDepartment of Spatial Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Supervisors: Prof. Emeritus Sir Gregory Ashworth and Prof. Dr. Gert de Roo


October 2008 - March 2011: Master of Science in Marketing and Strategic Management (M.Sc.), School of Economics and Management,, University of  Minho, Braga, Portugal 

Master thesis: Territories, Brands and Competitiveness: The Minho region and its international promotion. (for full document in Portuguese language click here)


June 2010 - December 2010: M.Sc. Exchange student at University Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

(for key works during the research period in Malaysia click here)


September 2005 – October 2006: Post-graduation in Tourism and Regional Development, Catholic University of Portugal, Faculty of Social Sciences, Braga, Portugal


September 2000 – July 2004: Degree in Geography and Planning, Geography DepartmentUniversity of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Supervisor: Professor Dr. João Sarmento


Working experience

January 2006 - August 2011: Research Assistant, NIPE - Economic Policies Research UnitSchool of Economics and Management, University of  Minho, Braga, Portugal, Academic research on regional economy, financial and economic analysis on regional investments.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Cadima Ribeiro, Prof. Dr. Francisco Carballo-Cruz


November 2004 – December 2005: Urban Planner, Municipality of Póvoa de LanhosoPóvoa de Lanhoso, Braga, Portugal 


Other jobs (between 2005 and 2011 in Portugal): Postman, tabletender, bartender, teacher at technical school (equivalent to high school)


Publications in academic journal articles (peer-reviewed, ISI*)

2017 (in preparation)

· Oliveira, E. and Hersperger, A.M. (in preparation) Investigating the Role of Interest Groups, Leadership, Negotiation and Funding Schemes in Strategic Plan Implementation Processes, xxxxxx* 

2017 (under review)

· Oliveira, E. and Hersperger, A.M. (under review) Investigating the Components of Territorial Governance Influencing Processes of Strategic Plan-Making in Urban Regions: A European Perspective, xxxxxx* 

2017 (published)

· Oliveira, E. (2017)​​​​​, Editorial for virtual special issue The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective, Regional Studies Regional Science, 4(1): pp. 1-6 (full text here)



· Oliveira, E. (2016)​​​​​, Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument: a theoretical framework to branding regions with references to northern PortugalJournal of Place Management and Development*, 9(1), pp. 47-72. (full text here)

· Mohammadi Kalan, A. and Oliveira, E. (2016)​​​​​, The Sustainable Architecture of Bazaars and its Relation with Social, Cultural and Economic Components (Case Study: The Historic Bazaar of Tabriz), International Journal of Architecture and Urban Development, 5(4).  pp. 05-12. (full text here) = 1st most read article of whole time in IJAUD



· Oliveira, E. (2015)​​​​​, Constructing Regional Advantage in Branding the Cross-border Euroregion Galicia-Northern Portugal​, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2(1), pp. 340-348. (full text here) = 2nd most read article of whole time in RSRS 

· Oliveira, E. (2015)​​​​​, Place Branding in Strategic Spatial Planning: a content analysis of development plans, strategic initiatives and policy documents for Portugal 2014-2020​, Journal of Place Management and Development*, 8(1), pp. 23-50. (full text here) = Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network 

· Oliveira, E. & Panyik, E. (2015), Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination. Journal of Vacation Marketing*, 21(1): 53-74. (full text here) = 1st most read article of whole time in JVM

· Oliveira, E. (2015), Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy*, 11(1): 18-33. (full text here)



· Oliveira, E. (2014), The Tourism Potential of Northern Portugal and Its Relevance for a Regional Branding Strategy, Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research Journal, 2(2): 54-78.(full text here)



Oliveira, E. (2013), Digital complexity in destination branding: a preliminary analysis to destination Portugal, Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism*, (Volume IV, Winter), 2(8):65-76. (full text here)


Book reviews in academic journals (reviewed, ISI*)

2017 (under review)

· Oliveira, E. (under review), Book Review - Land Ownership and Land Use Development: The Integration of Past, Present, and Future in Spatial Planning and Land Management Policies, Landscape Journal*

· Oliveira, E. (under review), Book Review - Local Government and Urban Governance in Europe, Planning Theory & Practice*

2017 (in press)

· Oliveira, E. (in press), Book Review - Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City, Journal of Urban Technology* (available on 17/07/2017 here)

· Oliveira, E. (in press), Book Review - Sustainable Landscape Planning in Selected Urban Regions, Journal of Urban Affairs*

· Oliveira, E. (in press), Book Review - Governance Networks in the Public Sector, Governance*, online first (the full text will appear here)

2017 (published)

· Oliveira, E. (2017), Book Review - Decentralization in Environmental Governance - A post-contingency approach, Journal of Planning Literature*, online first (full text here)

· Oliveira, E. (2017), Book Review - Human Smart Cities - Rethinking the Interplay between Design and Planning, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science*, online first (full text here)1st most read article of whole time in EPB

· Oliveira, E. (2017), Book ReviewSituated Practices of Strategic Planning— An international perspectiveEuropean Planning Studies*, 25(2): 351-354(full text here) DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2017.1254322



· Oliveira, E. (2016), Book Review - Image of Istanbul, Impact of ECoC 2010 on The City ImageBorder Crossing. (full text here)

· Oliveira, E. (2016), Book ReviewTerritorial Governance across Europe - Pathways, Practices and ProspectsRegional Studies*, 50(11): 1943-1944(full text here)



· Oliveira, E. (2015), Book ReviewGood Cities, Better PlacesUrban Studies*, 52(1): 197-200. (full text here)



· Oliveira, E. (2014), Book ReviewReframing the ‘creative city’ through tailored and context-sensitive policiesJournal CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action*, 18(4/5):598-602. (full text here)

· Oliveira, E. (2014), Book ReviewMaking Strategies in Spatial Planning-Knowledge and ValuesEuropean Planning Studies*, 22(4): 885-888. (full text here)


Book chapters in edited books


· Oliveira, E. (2017), Paving the way to the career turning point: how to survive a PhD dissertation and position yourself to be successful on the job market, in Staci Zavattaro and Shannon Orr (Eds.), Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) Chapter 4 DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-60009-7_4 (available here)

· Oliveira, E. & Ashworth, G.J. (forthcoming 2017), Place branding in strategic spatial planning: challenges and opportunities of branding regions, in Adriana Campelo (Ed.), Handbook of place branding, Edward Elgar publishing. (forthcoming here)



· Oliveira, E. (2015), A Strategic Spatial Planning Approach to Cross-Border Place Branding with references to Galicia and Northern Portugal in S. Zenker and B.P. Jacobsen (Eds.), Inter-regional place branding: best practices, challenges and solutions, pp. 115-137, Springer International, Switzerland. (full text here)


Conference reports (as invited author)


· Oliveira, E. (2016) Conference report-Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World 2016 Regional Studies Association, annual conference, Graz, Austria, 3–6 April 2016, Town Planning Review*, 87(4), pp. 481-486. (full text here)



· Oliveira, E.  (2014), Conference Note-International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in TourismAnatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research*, 25(1): 150-152. (full text here)


Conference special session organizer


· Early Career special session during Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2016, Graz, Austria (as co-organiser with Salman Kahn & Julie Tian Miao).


Conference publications with paper presentation


· Oliveira, E. & Hersperger, M.A. (2017) Overcoming Resource Scarcity by Implementing Strategic Regional Plans through Urban-Regional Development Projects: A European Perspective, Paper accepted for presentation during the ASEOP congress, 11-14 July, Lisbon, Portugal (the abstract will appear here)



· Oliveira, E. & Hersperger, M.A. (2016) The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions, Global Land Programme - 3rd Open Science Meeting, 24-27 October 2016, Beijing, The People's Republic of China. (email me for thew slides/presentation)

· Oliveira, E.; Pagliarin, , S., Gradinaru R. S. & Hersperger, M.A. (2016) From plans to land change in urban regions: a regional governance approach to the strategic spatial plans of Barcelona, Hannover and Stockholm, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, 4-6 April 2016, Graz, Austria. (email me for thew slides/presentation)



· Oliveira, E. (2015), The ‘Place’ of Place Branding in Spatial Development Plans, Strategies and Policies for Portugal 2014-2020, Conference Proceedings of the 3rd International Place Management and Branding Conference, 06-08 May, Poznań University of Economics, Poznań, Poland. (For presentation click here



· Oliveira, E. (2014), Constructing cross-border advantage: a joint branding strategy for Galicia-northern Portugal, paper presented at the Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference, 30-31 October, Sheffield, UK. (For presentation click here)

· Oliveira, E. (2014), Cross-border Place Branding: Zooming in the potential case of Galicia and Northern Portugal, paper presented at the Interregional Place Branding Conference, 3 March, Lubeck, Germany.  (For presentation click here)



· Oliveira, E. (2013), Making Strategies in Destination Branding: What is the online tourism promotional material saying about Portugal?, Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism, 3-5 October, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey [ISBN 978-975-518-354-1]. (full text here) (For presentation click here)

· Oliveira, E. (2013), The Digital Challenge in Destination Branding: Brief Approach to the Portuguese case, Conference Proceedings of the International Tourism Week Conference Series V - New Trends in Tourism Management and Marketing, 15-16 April, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey [ISBN 978-605-4483-14-3]. (full text here) (For presentation click here)

· Oliveira, E. (2013), Place Branding and Strategic Spatial Planning: Towards a Regional Place Branding Strategy. Conference Proceedings of 3rd International Place Branding Conference and 2nd International Place Management Conference, 6-7 February, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK [ISBN 978-0-9551732-7-1]. (For presentation click here)



· Oliveira, E.  (2012), A Region as Destination: Towards a Place Branding Strategy for the North of Portugal, The 4th International Conference on Destination Branding and Marketing (DBM-IV), 5- 7December, Cardiff, UK. (For presentation click here)

· Oliveira, E.  (2012), Instruments of Place Branding and Regional Dynamics: Guimarães as European Capital of Culture, 18th Portuguese Association for Regional Development Congress - Innovation and Regional Dynamics, 13-18 June, Faro, Portugal. (full text here) (For presentation click here)

· Oliveira, E. (2012), Branding the green. How place branding can contribute to the development of the Northwest of Portugal as a green tourism destination, Conference Proceedings of the International Tourism Week Conference Series IV, 19-21 April, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey [ISBN 978-605-4483-08-2]. (For presentation click here)



· Oliveira, E.  (2011), Place brand management and the New Challenges for Urban Spaces. Development and Competitiveness in the North of Portugal, Conference Proceedings of the Urban Development and Politics in Europe and Russia,  28-29 October, State University of St. Petersburg,  St. Petersburg , Russia. (For presentation click here)


Other publications


· Guimonde, A., Diéguez, M., Cadima-Ribeiro, J., and Oliveira, E. (2008), Mobility of Portuguese workers in the construction industry and public works between the north of Portugal and Galicia. European Employment Service, University of Minho, University of Vigo, Spain. (full text here)

· Cadima Ribeiro, J. et al. (2008), Diagnóstico e Articulação Territorial e dos Transportes”, Relatório Final, Efeitos económicos da melhoria da ligação ferroviária Porto-Vigo na Euroregião norte de Portugal-Galiza, CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, Porto.


Blog posts in international edited blogs 

2012 - Present

· Sharing your research findings, boosting your career: The win-win relation between early careers, social media and open access publishing, Regional Studies Association blog (full text here)

· From proposal to published paper: the mentored route to a publication in Regional Studies, Regional Science, Regional Studies Association blog (full text here)

· Building Cross-border uniqueness Galicia-North Portugal from shared rots to a joint branding strategy, Limburg cross-border region blog (full text here)

· Beyond the ‘logo-fetish’ – place branding event, placesbrands (full text here)

· Colour logos, Dark Realities, Places Brands blog, placesbrands  (full text here)

· Guimarães after the European Culture Capital, Inpolis (full text here)

· In Search of Place Branding Geographies, placesbrands (full text here)

· Interviewed by PlacesBrands, placesbrands (full text here)

· Once upon a time in Istanbul, placesbrands (full text here)

· Paving the way to the career turning point with open access publishing, Regional Studies Association blog (full text here)

· Sheffield at a glance: widening career horizons through open access publishing, Regional Studies Association blog (full text here)

· Shifting the tide: city branding in today’s urban planning, Regional Studies Association blog (full text here)

· The European Capital of Culture Guimarães 2012 and place branding, Inpolis (full text here)

· The winner takes it all: City brand rankings, placesbrands (full text here)

· To Shout or to Hashtag? Digital Challenges in Destination Branding, placesbrands (full text here)

· Will the European Union 2020 strategy bring opportunities for place branding? (full text here)


Language skills

· Mother tongue: Portuguese

· English (expert speaking and writing level); 

· French (intermediate speaking and writing level); 

· Spanish (intermediate speaking and writing level); 


Honours and Awards


· Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence with the paper (info here):

Oliveira, (2015) "Place branding in strategic spatial planning: A content analysis of development plans, strategic initiatives and policy documents for Portugal 2014-2020", Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 8 Iss: 1, pp.23 - 50.


· Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Place Management and Development in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence. (info here)


· Doctoral scholarship SFRH/BD/76077/2011 of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science, Portuguese Government (2012-2015).


· Top 3 best PhD paper during the 4th International Conference on Destination Branding and Marketing, Cardiff, UK, December 2012.

2003 and 2004

· Award for the best student in Geography and Planning in 2003 and 2004, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal.


Additional affiliation and membership

· Subject Matter Expert (SME) for European cross-border cooperation at European Commission - DG Regional Policy

· Former student representative of the Regional Studies Association, UK (info here

· Member of the Institute of Place Management, UK


Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Urban Affairs (as book reviewer, May 2017 - Present) 
  • Journal of Tourism Futures (April 2017 - Present)
  • Land Use Policy, Elsevier (June 2016 - Present)
  • International Journal of Business and Globalisation (July 2016 - Present)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science, Taylor & Francis (April 2016 - Present)
  • African Journal of Business Management, Academic Journals (August 2013-Present)
  • Journal of Place Management and Development, Emerald Insight (January 2015-Present)
  • European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis (October 2013-Present)
  • Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Palgrave (June 2014-Present)
  • Qualitative Market Research, Emerald Insight  (September 2014-Present)
  • Territory, Politics, Governance,  Taylor & Francis (November 2015-Present)


Member of Scientific Committee


· External reviewer of PLURIS 2016, Brasil & Portugal


· International Tourism Week Conference Series IV, April 19-21, 2012, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey. (for full list of scientific committee click here)


Editorial tasks

· Lead-Editor of Regions Magazine, The Voice of The Regional Studies Association (Editorial team: Julie Tian Miao (Uni. Glasgow) and Michael Taster (Uni. Sheffield in collaboration with Regional Studies Association office)

· Editorial board of the Journal "CITIES & FUTURES", at the Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica/ University of Montenegro (for full editorial team click here)

· Placesbrands  (January 2012-Present) (for full editorial team click here)

· Scholedge International Journal of Management & Development (ISSN: 2394-3378) (March 2015-Present)(for full list of board members click here)


Teaching experience


· Geography and Planning of Europe: “Zooming in” Spain (Galicia) & Portugal (Northern region), University of Groningen, 12 March 2015, Groningen, The Netherlands. (For presentation click here)


· The Iberian Planning System, University of Groningen, 25 March 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands. (For presentation click here)

· From Selling the City to City Branding, University of Groningen, 14 January 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands.(For presentation click here)


· Branding Places, Catholic University of Portugal, Faculty of Social Sciences, 19 December 2013, Braga, Portugal. (For presentation click here)

· Branding Places, Tourism Administration Department, Boğaziçi University, 9 April 9 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. (For presentation click here)


Conference participation without paper presentation


· Delegate at the Committee of the Regions - platforms and networks facing the future, 9 December, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium.

· Delegate at the Cities of Tomorrow - Investing in Europe, 16-17 February, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.


· Delegate without paper presentation at the 4th European Conference on Public Communication, 16-17 October, European Parliament and Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium.


· Student delegate at the 15th World Business Dialogue, 13-15 March, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.

· Delegate at the NECSTouR - Network of European Region for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism Regional Conference on Sustainable Branding, 10 May, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands.

· Student delegate at the 1st Asia-Europe Students Forum, Universities, Businesses and You: For a Sustainable Future, 4 September, Groningen, The Netherlands.


· Student delegate at the Daimler World Dialogue, 4-5 October, Stuttgart, Germany.

· Student networking facilitator at the ESOMAR Congress 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

· Student delegate at the Milan International Model United Nations, 9-13 May, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

· Delegate at the Berlin International Economics Congress 2011, An International Conference on the Future of Nation Branding, Tourism and International Investments in a Globalized World, 9-12 March, Berlin.


· Ambassador and student delegate of the 14th World Business Dialogue, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (full year).

· Student delegate at the Challenge the Best, 16-18 May, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

· Student delegate at the 13th World Business Dialogue, 17-18 March, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.


· Student networking facilitator at the ESOMAR Congress 2009, 16-17 September Montreux, Switzerland.



Ph.D. thesis: 

Place branding in strategic spatial planning

This Ph.D. thesis brings together the strategic spatial planning approach and place branding, specifically at the regional scale. It critically explores the actual or potential roles of place branding as an instrument for the attainment of strategic spatial planning goals. This discussion is gaining particular momentum at a time when the application of branding techniques and principles to places, such as cities and regions, has been firmly positioned on the agendas of local and regional governments. 

Place managers and policy-makers have been embracing place branding as a panacea for a bewildering assortment of deep-seated economic and social ailments, as well as a critical component to assist regional development strategies. However, and in spite of theoretical and empirical advancements, the debate on place branding often lacks any intellectual grounding or even positioning within wider spatial planning strategies, and is ripe for a rethinking in terms of its origins, theoretical underpinnings, conceptual development and practical applications.

Strategic spatial planning, which has been gaining in popularity in Europe, particularly at the regional level, was conceived as a means of overcoming the temporal and often spatial limitations and rigidities of traditional/statutory planning, by confronting the contemporary social, spatial and economic needs of a place and envisioning shared, realistic and desirable better futures for places and their citizens. Strategic spatial planning focuses on a limited number of strategic key issues and focuses on place-specific qualities and assets (whether tangible or intangible). In addition, strategic spatial planning involves relevant place actors and the specific activities of citizens, politicians and spatial planners. 

Proactive civic participation in a collective strategy and vision for a place (for instance, a region) may generate trust and legitimize spatial interventions, as participants in the process are likely to find that some visions present a future that certain individuals would like to inhabit; to work, study and play in; visit and develop leisure activities in, while other possible futures are considered highly undesirable. In this regard, place branding may be used in support of such visionary realignments and structural change; to foster economic restructuring, social inclusion and cohesion, political engagement and civic participation; as well as the reinforcement of place identification and the general well-being of citizens and communities.

The theoretical assumption postulated in this thesis is that place branding could and perhaps should be integrated into strategic spatial planning, independent of the geographical scale of application and whether the place branding initiatives are novel or a re-branding exercise. 

This thesis investigates the empirical significance of a regional branding strategy for northern Portugal (NUTS II), integrated into wider strategic spatial planning, and its ability to overcome the entrenched regional, economic and social difficulties and imbalances. To achieve this aim, a qualitative methodology was employed. Specifically, a content analysis of strategic spatial plans, development plans, strategic initiatives and online tourist-/traveller-generated content for Portugal and its northern region. In addition, 16 regional actors with a stake (and expertise) in the region were interviewed. 

By drawing the attention of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers towards place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument, this thesis aims to contribute to theoretical underpinnings of place branding in order to make it effective, efficient, socially and environmentally responsible and more grounded in theory. 


Prof. Gert de Roo


Prof. Gregory J. Ashworth

Assessement committee

Prof. G.J. HospersProf. F.M.D. VanclayProf. A. DeffnerDr. Maria Dorina BudaDr. Mihalis Kavaratzis, Prof. P. Pallenberg, Dr. M.A. (Margo) van den Brink


Department of Spatial Planning and Environment
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

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Google Scholar citation indices (on 22.05.17)
Citations 117 115 (since 2012*)
h-index 6 6*
i10-index 2 2*


Shadow CV

The idea of the shadow CV is to provide information about one’s academic failures because our CVs normally highlight only our successes. 

Schools I was rejected from

- University of Manchester, School of Environment and Development (PhD Human Geography, application submitted in 2011)

Fellowships & grant applications rejected

- 2017 The European Marketing Academy/Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition. 

- Regional Studies Association Travel Grant (1st round of 2016)

- August Lösch Prize 2016 granted by the city of Heidenheim an der Brenz (Germany) and the August Loesch Association (reward outstanding academic research in the field of Regional Science)

Manuscripts rejected (but published elsewhere)

- Oliveira, E. “A Region as Destination: Towards a Place Branding Strategy for the North of Portugal.” Rejected by Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, 2012.

- Oliveira, E. “Place Branding as a Strategic Spatial Planning instrument: an analysis at the Regional Scale with reference to Northern Portugal” Rejected by European Planning Studies, 2015.


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