Saturday, 13 January 2018

Checks and balances in planning decentralization: lessons from Ontario


Razin, Eran (2018). Checks and balances in planning decentralization: lessons from Ontario. In: Lehavi, A. (ed.) One Hundred Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities. Springer, pp. 177-199.


[Eran Razin - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Cultural event management and urban e-planning through bottom-up user participation


Trono, Anna; Angelo Corallo; Laura Fortunato; Francesco Pettinato & Laura Schina (2018). Cultural event management and urban e-planning through bottom-up user participation. International Journal of E-Planning Research, Vol. 7 (1): 15-33. 


[Anna Trono - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Political geography: political ideologies, democracy and elections (in Slovak)




Buček, J., Plešivčák, M., Przybyla V. (2017). Political geography: political ideologies, democracy and elections (in Slovak). Bratislava: Comenius University. 


[Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Self-government, Development and Political Extremism at the Regional Level: A Case Study from the Banská Bystrica Region in Slovakia




Buček J., Plešivčák, M. (2017). Self-government, Development and Political Extremism at the Regional Level: A Case Study from the Banská Bystrica Region in Slovakia, Sociológia, Vol.49, No. 6, pp. 599-635. 

Abstracts 

This article is a contribution to the debate on specific and interrelated problems of regional government, regional development and the electoral success of radical political forces in post-socialist Europe in the late transition times and during the financial and economic crisis and its aftermath. We document these issues based on the case of Banská Bystrica region, which is perceived as one of the most problematic territories in Slovakia in terms of socio-economic development. We attempt to explain the political success of the radical far-right political party Kotleba – Ľudová strana Naše Slovensko, observable since 2013, through an assessment of socio-economic data, in-depth interviews, as well as statistical analysis. We suggest that the persistently difficult social and economic situation, the contradictory population structure and processes (ageing, migration, multi-ethnicity), less successful regional development policies of central state and EU cohesion policy goals and implementation, as well as the weaker position and capacities of regional self-government have contributed to growing apathy and disillusionment in mainstream political parties, rising Euroscepticism and finally the electoral success of the far-right in this region.


[ Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

In the centre, but still on the periphery: Is there any room for development of socio-economically deprived region in Slovakia?




Plešivčák, M., Buček, J. (2017). In the centre, but still on the periphery: Is there any room for development of socio-economically deprived region in Slovakia? International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 44 Issue: 11, pp.1539-1558. 


[ Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Local Government and UrbanGovernance in Europe







[Carlos Nunes Silva - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]
[Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Economic and Social Reforms in the North Caucasus: Goals, Limitations, Problems, and Results




Kolosov, V.A., Vendina, O.I., Gritsenko, A.A., Glezer, O.B., Zotova, M.V., Sebentsov, A.B., and Panin, A.N. (2017). Economic and Social Reforms in the North Caucasus: Goals, Limitations, Problems, and Results, Regional Research of Russia, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 259–270. DOI: 10.1134/S2079970517030029

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S2079970517030029
 
[Olga Glezer - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Local Governance and Region

 
 
[ Yosuke Maeda - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Farewell to Decentralisation: The Hungarian Story and its General Implications


Ilona Pálné Kovács; Ákos Bodor; István Finta; Zoltán Grünhut; Péter Kacziba & Gábor Zongor  (2017). Farewell to Decentralisation: The Hungarian Story and its General Implications. Croatian and comparative public administration : a journal for theory and practice of public administration, Vol.16, No.4,  pages 789-816.

 Download full text (pdf) -->

[Ilona Pálné Kovács- member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Assessing land use plan implementation: Bridging the performance-conformance divide




Eran Feitelson, Daniel Felsenstein, Eran Razin, Eliahu Stern (2017). Assessing land use plan implementation: Bridging the performance-conformance divide, Land Use Policy, Volume 61, 2017, Pages 251-264

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837716304550

Abstract
 
The assessment of land use plan implementation is a contentious issue. The debate centers on whether the crucial evaluation element is conformance of development to plan directives or alternatively, plan performance, i.e. the degree to which the plan is actually used. An analytic framework combining both conformance and performance in the evaluation of (regional) land use plans is applied to the case of the Central District Plan in Israel. Qualitative and quantitative simulation methods are exploited. Qualitative analysis reveals that both performance and conformance are greater than indicated by non-contextualized, numeric evaluations. Additionally, high conformance does not necessarily imply good plan performance. Quantitative simulation suggests that plan performance with respect to land values and densities is initially pronounced as expectations for development are subdued but subsequently tends to wane merging with the counterfactual trend. Findings imply that plan assessment needs to consider the transaction costs of land use re-designation and actors’ perceptions of the probability that plan amendments will be approved. These perceptions differ across actors as a function of the political influence that they wield.

Keywords: Plan implementation evaluation; Land use planning; Regional planning; Israel

[Eran Razin - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Inequality and Governance in the Metropolis, Regimes of Place Equality and Fiscal Choices in Eleven Countries



Cohesion Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Challenge of Learning




Kováks, Ilona Palné (2016).  Cohesion Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Challenge of Learning. In Simona Piattoni & Laura Polverari (eds.). Handbook of Cohesion Policy in the EU. Cheltenham (UK) : Edward Elgar, pp. 302-324.


[Ilona Palné  Kováks - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Participatory methods in urban planning




Jankowski, Piotr & Kaczmarek, Tomasz (eds.) (2017). Participatory methods in urban planning. Rozwój Regionalny i Polityka Regionalna (Regional Development and Regional Policy) No 35. Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej. Adam Mickiewicz University. Poznań.

Download: http://www.rr.amu.edu.pl/

[Tomasz Kaczmarek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

 

Administrative division of Poland – 25 years of experience during the systemic transformation




Kaczmarek, Tomasz (2016).  Administrative division of Poland – 25 years of experience during the systemic transformation. EchoGéo 35/2016: 1-16. 

Download full text (pdf): https://echogeo.revues.org/pdf/14514

[Tomasz Kaczmarek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Participation in public consultations on spatial planning documents. The case of Poznań City




Kaczmarek, Tomasz & Wójcicki, M. (2016). Participation in public consultations on spatial planning documents. The case of Poznań City. Quaestiones Geographicae, 35(2): 71-82.

Download full text (pdf): http://geoinfo.amu.edu.pl/qg/archives/2016/QG352_071-081.pdf


[Tomasz Kaczmarek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

  

Territorial Governance across Europe: Pathways, Practices and Prospects.

 

Description 

This book provides a comprehensive framework for analysing, comparing and promoting territorial governance in policy relevant research. It reveals in-depth considerations of the emergence, state-of-the art and evolution of the concept of territorial governance. A unique series of ten case studies across Europe, from neighbourhood planning in North Shields in the North East of England to climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region, provides far-reaching insights into a number of key elements of territorial governance. The book draws generalised empirically-based conclusions and discusses modes of transferability of ‘good practices’. A number of suggestions are presented as to how the main findings from this book can inform theories of territorial governance and spatial policy and planning.
 

[Peter Schmitt - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance] 


Governing Urban Africa


 Carlos Nunes Silva (ed.) (2016). Governing Urban Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(El País, reseña 20 03 2017)
 
[Carlos Nunes Silva - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]
 

Urban Development Policy Challenges in East-Central Europe: Governance, City Regions and Financialisation



 
Urban Development Policy Challenges in East-Central Europe: Governance, City Regions and Financialisation

Quaestiones Geographicae. The Journal of Adam Mickiewicz University. Volume 35, Issue 2, June 2016 (Special Issue)
 

Full texts available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/quageo.2016.35.issue-2/issue-files/quageo.2016.35.issue-2.xml

 
[Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]
 

Urban Planning in North Africa



 
 
[Carlos Nunes Silva - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

IGU Commission Geography of Governance Annual Conference, 2015 - articles published in the IJEPR

 
International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), 2015 & 2016 -

International Conference "Local Government and Urban Governance: Citizen Responsive Innovations in Europe and in Africa" (IGU Commission Geography of Governance - Lisbon, 9-10 April 2015)
 

Tobias Vaerst, Theresa Steffens & Robert Lokaiczyk (2015).Concerns Management, E-Government and E-Participation: Experiences and Findings from Germany. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) 4(4): 36-49.

 

Carlo Francesco Capra (2016).The Smart City and its Citizens: Governance and Citizen Participation in Amsterdam Smart City. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) 5(1): 20-38.

 

Lukasz Damurski (2016). Recent Progress in Online Communication Tools for Urban Planning: A Comparative Study of Polish and German Municipalities. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) 5(1): 39-54.

 
 

[Papers from the IGU Commission Geography of Governance Annual Conference, 2015]



Governance in Transition


 
Andrew Ryder & Ján Buček  (eds.) (2015). Governance in Transition. Springer Netherlands, 341 pages, (hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5502-4; eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5503-1)

View this title online at:  http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789400755024#aboutBook


[Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]
[Andrew Ryder - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Fiscal Austerity and Innovation in Local Governance in Europe

 


 
[Carlos Nunes Silva - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]
[Jan Bucek - member IGU Commission Geography of Governance]

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

World Urban Forum 2018



Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

Kuala Lumpur, 7 - 13 Feb 2018 

"The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III. WUF9 will be instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda."


IGU Commission Geography of Governance' 2018 Annual International Conference

"Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda" -->

Thursday, 21 December 2017

NZGS / IAG Conference 2018


NZGS / IAG Conference
‘Creative conversations, constructive connections’

July 11-14 2018
University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Joint conference of the New Zealand Geographical Society and the Institute of Australian Geographers 

Initial key dates:

Call for sessions opens December 18 2017
Call for sessions closes February 8 2018
Sessions listed and call for papers open February 15 – March 31 2018 

Conference e-mail: conference@nzgs.co.nz 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Québec IGU Travel Grant Program


International Geographical Union
The 2018 IGU Regional Conference, 6 - 10 August 2018, Québec, Canada
Québec IGU Travel Grant Program
 

The International Geographical Union (IGU) announces the availability of travel grants to help defray the costs of participation in the 2018 IGU Regional Conference, 6 - 10 August 2018 in Québec, Canada. Please note that, due to limited availability of funds, the IGU Travel Grants provide only a partial contribution to registration, transport and accommodation. A maximum of US$1000 will be awarded to successful candidates. 

In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young or emerging scholars, in particular to those from developing countries, but grants are available for senior scholars, for example session convenors or steering committee members from low income countries who are not able to find funding. Because the funds available for this awards program are extremely limited, all applicants will be required to find the balance of the costs of participation; applications for 100% support cannot be funded. Please note that full participation in the conference, including the closing ceremony, is required.

Although not a strict requirement, a letter of endorsement from the chair of an IGU Commission or Task Force, the chair of the applicant’s National Committee for the IGU or a session convenor at the regional Conference will be helpful in support of the application. Contact details of these individuals are available on the IGU website www.igu-online.org and the conference website http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/. Applications should be accompanied by a written statement (see below), the abstract of your paper, a proof of submission of the abstract, and any endorsement letters. All documents must be submitted directly to Vice-president Joos Droogleever Fortuijn by email to: j.c.droogleeverfortuijn@uva.nl

Completed applications (including endorsement letters) are due at no later than 31st March 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their requests no later than 15th May 2018. Awards are paid to successful applicants in cash on arrival for the conference in Québec in US$ dollars.

Direct any questions regarding IGU Travel Grant applications to: j.c.droogleeverfortuijn@uva.nl

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IGU Commission Geography of Governance - 8 sessions in the IGU Regional Conference, Québec, 6 - 10 August. More information at:  https://sites.google.com/site/igugeogov/next-conferences

Monday, 4 December 2017

International scientific workshop - "Urbanization and Regional Development in Russia and Europe"

 
International scientific workshop
"Urbanization and Regional Development in Russia and Europe"
Moscow 19-20 April 2018


THE WORKSHOP WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:

(1) Urbanization  as  driving  force  of  regional  development:  theoretical  background  and methodology;

(2) Historical and geographical trends of urbanization in Russia and in European countries; 

(3) Urban  settlement  patterns  in Russia and  European  countries:  inherited partial structures and the latest shifts;

(4) Issues of urban economics;

(5) Migrants in the cities of  Russia and  European  countries: economic,  social  and  culturalgeographical aspects;

(6) Socio-cultural processes in the cities of Russia and European countries;

(7) Ethnic and confessional communities in the cities of Russia and European countries.

Working languages of the workshop: English and Russian
 
Venue
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia - RUDN University, 19 April
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, 20 April
 
Organization
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia – RUDN University
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences
Association of Russian Human Geographers
Franco-Russian Studies Center (CEFR) 

For more information, Workshop Website: http://agora.guru.ru/urbanization_Ru-Eu/eng

Saturday, 2 December 2017

26th NISPAcee Annual Conference - 2018




26th NISPAcee Annual Conference
"Public Administration for Well-being and Growth"
Iasi, Romania
May 24 -26 2018

 

 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

International Conference "Smart Geography" - Bulgaria, 2-4 November 2018



 
International Conference "Smart Geography"
2-4 November 2018
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Sofia, Bulgaria
 
The conference is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary
of the Bulgarian Geographical Society (http://geography.bg/en/)
 
Conference website: http://100-years.geography.bg/

Saturday, 25 November 2017

11th International Conference of the Hellenic Geographical Society




11th International Conference of the Hellenic Geographical Society
ICHGS - 2018
 
INNOVATIVE GEOGRAPHIES
Understanding and Connecting our World

The 11th International Congress of the Hellenic Geographical Society (ICHGS - 2018)will take place in the historic and beautiful city of Lavrion from April 12 - 15, 2018 and will be hosted by the Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park (LTCP) and the National Technical University of Athens. The Hellenic Geographical Society (HGS)is a national organization that, promotes the exchange of knowledge, theory, methods and technologies and their applications to the analysis and planning of cities, regions and their environment across the globe. HGS represents  the  interests  of  geographers  in  Greece  (Hellas),  and  is  a  member  of the  European  Association  of  Geographers  (EuroGEO),  and  the  International Geographical Union (IGU) service the needs of geographers throughout Europe and the world, respectively.

More information - Hellenic Geographical Society: www.hellenicgeosociety.org

Conference website: http://www.hellenicgeosociety.org/en/node/113

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

AESOP Annual Congress 2018


AESOP Annual Congress

 
MAKING SPACE FOR HOPE
July 10-14 2018

Gothenburg, Sweden

Friday, 10 November 2017

Conference 2018 - IGU Commission on African Studies - May 2018

 
IGU COMMISSION ON AFRICAN STUDIES
INAUGURAL CONFERENCE
Theme: What is Africa’s response on global challenges:
Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality?
  
17 - 18 May 2018
University of Namibia, Windhoek
Namíbia
 
The Conference will be composed of paper sessions as well as organised parallel sessions. Panel discussions can also be arranged. The format for paper presentations will be 15mins + 5mins for Q&A. Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to: skamati@unam.na or mekimaro@unam.na

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

IGU ARCHIVES

 

 
After stations in London and Rome, the IGU Archives has a new home at the Leibniz Institute for Regional  Geography in Leipzig.

The historic IGU collection is an important source for the history of international geography in the 20 th and 21 st centuries. The collection spans the period 1956 up to the present; the possible location for the pre-1956- material is still unknown at this stage. Unfortunately, even the existing records have some obvious gaps.
 
 
Many of the documents derive from the offices of Secretaries-General and the IGU Presidents. The material has a focus on the Executive Committee, the member countries, on congresses and commissions. IGU Archives is a collection of an international science organization, without a permanent secretariat. The documents represent this vivid history from the 1950s up to now.
 
 
Besides the written sources, IGU Archives contains a collection of video documents, in particular the vídeo tapes from the ‘Dialogue project’. Most of the videos are already online on YouTube and the University College Dublin website:
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1WzSi02jYP3QgjseHxKB3g
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH2zyPfp_AaPpxZFJfX62BA
https://www.ucd.ie/geography/research/lifeexperienceascatalystforcross-disciplinarycommunication/geographyinterviewsg01-g10/
 
 
It was Geoffrey Martin who organized and catalogued the archives in 2002, and who worked out the basics for the actual new cataloguing. He archived 214 boxes and developed a useful structure of the collection with twelve series:
 
 
  1. The meaning of the IGU
  2. Member countries of the IGU and correspondence relating thereto
  3. Congresses of the IGU
  4. Regional Conferences of the IGU
  5. IGU Commissions
  6. IGU Study Groups
  7. IGU Working Group.
  8. IGU Executive
  9. IGU Newsletter, Bulletin and other publications
  10. Affiliation with other organizations
  11. Financial income and expenditure of the Union
  12. Miscellaneous correspondence

The preliminary finding aid is here ->.
 
The IGU Archives are accessible to everybody. Use of the original documents is possible at our institute in Leipzig and requests concerning IGU history are welcome at any time. Access is partly limited by data protection rules or by unfinished archival description.
 
 
We are always interested in receiving new relevant and “official” IGU documents (paper, digital and áudio- visual), especially publications, minutes, newsletters and reports of commissions and other IGU bodies, and documents related to congresses and IGU projects.
 
 
Contact: Dr Bruno Schelhaas, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, B_Schelhaas@ifl-leipzig.de
 
 
Dr. Bruno Schelhaas
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde/Leibniz Institute for Regionale Geography
Archiv für Geographie/Archive for Geography
Schongauerstraße 9
04328 Leipzig, Germany
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-151
Fax: +49 341 600 55-98
www.ifl-leipzig.de