Governance of place
This theme focuses on enhancing international understanding of governance, urban policy, city management and spatial planning.
Changing concepts of space
Framed by an interest in changing concepts of space, territory, and governance in the built environment, researchers contribute to contemporary debates and challenges relating to the planning and leadership of communities.
By examining experiences with different approaches to the governance of place in different countries and localities, researchers contribute fresh ideas and insights. Scholars employ a range of research frameworks and actively engage with users' key interests and stakeholders to produce meaningful, timely and useful research, analysis and advice.
Current research within this theme spans a range of topics including:
- Place-based leadership
- European policy for sustainable cities
- Multi-level governance and relational approaches to the politics of space and scale
- Urban regeneration and community involvement
- Creation, interaction and framing of spatial policies, institutions and structures
- Integrated urban management and the use of ICT in urban planning and governance
- Engagement, collaboration and participation in urban management and spatial planning
Current and completed projects relating to this theme include:
- Bristol civic leadership project
- The Bristol Civic Leadership Prospects Project
- Public sector innovation and local leadership in the UK and the Netherlands
- Community cohesion: good practices in local and regional level legislation concerning equal opportunities
- Attractiveness of European regions and cities for residents and visitors
- Cultural activism in the community: creative practice, activism and place-identities
- International insights on civic leadership and public service innovation
- Improvement session on public engagement with overview and scrutiny
- European Topic Centre - Spatial Information Analysis (ETC-SIA)
- Community involvement in decision making: disclosure and access to information
- Feasibility study of methodological approaches to impact evaluation of the 2007-2013 Structural Fund Programmes in Wales
For more information about this research theme please e-mail Dr Michael Buser.