Final Conference: Crime Prevention through Urban Design, Planning and Management

Akropolis with the Plaka neighbourhood at its foot.
Akropolis with the Plaka neighbourhood at its foot.

The final conference of the COST action “Crime Prevention through Urban Design & Planning” takes place in Athens, Greece, 24th – 25th November 2016.*

The conference is free of charge, but registration is required. Please send an email to

The objective of this COST Action is to contribute to structuring existing knowledge and to developing innovative approaches on how to build more secure and safe cities. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the structure and organization of urban space and crime: new criminological theory supports this point of view. The Justice and Home Affairs Council of the EU has underlined that crime prevention through design is a successful and effective strategy for crime prevention and needs to be supported. Despite this, new projects are being implemented all over Europe without considering safety criteria, creating urban areas where crime or fear of crime can make life difficult.

Details on the conference location, speakers and themes as well as hotel recommendations can be found here.

The Journal of Place Management and Development has dedicated the Special Issue 8.2 to the conference theme.


Thursday, 24th November 2016

9.00 Registration & coffee
9.30 Welcome addresses François Wellhof & Umberto Nicolini
10.00 Presentation of EU COST Action TU1203 Umberto Nicolini & Caroline Davey
10.30 Keynote lecture David Weisburd
11.30 Coffee break
12.00 Presentation 1: Theory and history of the discipline (Action booklets)
12.30 Presentation 2: Crime Prevention in Place Management Cathy Parker
13.30 Lunch break
15.00 Presentation 3: CP-UDP mapping, analyses and teaching (Action booklets)
16.00 Presentation 4: Physical interventions (Action booklets)
17.00 Day 1 close

Friday, 25th November, 2016

9.30 Registration & coffee  
10.00 Presentation 5: Methodology, processes and partnership (Action booklets)
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Presentations of EFUS and ICA Tinus Krüger, Tony lake & Paul van Soomeren (tbc)
12.30 Lunch break
14.30 Workshops on the ‘Charter of Athens’ Andrew Wootton, Caroline Davey & Paul van Soomeren
16.30 Comfort break
16.45 Workshop plenary
17.15 Closing words François Wellhof & Umberto Nicolini
17.30 Conference close


1555294_10152192097364672_1524812057_n*This conference is dedicated to the memory of Prof Clara Cardia


Meet the IPM: Interview with Chris Stone

Chris StoneDr Chris Stone is an experienced UK academic and qualified university educator, regularly consulted by the European Commission, EU governments, and private and not-for-profit organizations, and with an international record of teaching, research and publication, and quality assurance in higher education. Holding the position of Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management in the School of Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, his professional practice espouses multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives, with expertise spanning the natural and social sciences and with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Chris has been consulted on the allocation of public investments for tourism, environment and development & education projects. Formerly holding the position of Managing Consultant in a UK-based company, he remains an active researcher, presenting at international conferences, publishing in books and academic journals (single- and co-authored), is regularly asked to review manuscripts for major international academic journals and book publishers, and supervises and examines postgraduate research students. Chris has a career record as External Examiner in higher education (UK, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean), has won and managed UK government-funded ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’ projects, supported UK exports when invited to speak on trade delegations, and has most recently applied his knowledge and expertise to progressing innovative sustainability initiatives in HE institutions.

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Call for Papers – Grassroots Festivals and Place Making



The Journal of Place Management and Development (JPMD) is pleased to invite papers for a special issue on “Grassroots festivals and place-making” to be published Winter 2018/2019.

Guest Editors Dr Louise Platt (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Jane Ali-Knight (Edinburgh Napier University).

Overview of the Theme Continue reading “Call for Papers – Grassroots Festivals and Place Making”

Meet the IPM: Interview with Chris Gregory

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Copyright Paul Pickard

Chris Gregory, a member of the Institute of Place Management,  has worked as a Town Centre Management practitioner for over 15 years within a number of diverse locations. As a Town Centre Manager and a Business Improvement District (BID) Director, Chris has developed and led award winning projects including events, marketing campaigns and place management plans and maintains a cutting edge knowledge of the industry. An accredited Business Trainer, Chris has strong links with the Association of Town & City Management, having been a member for over 15 years and having served as both Regional Chair and Secretary of the Association.

“Our biggest challenge is arguably the lack of knowledge & understanding about our profession”


Chris Gregory, you are currently director of Heartflood Town Centre Management Ltd. What exactly does the company do?

Chris Gregory: Heartflood basically offer a place management advisory & delivery role focused on towns, cities and Business Improvement Districts. We work for a number of clients in a number of locations and no two days are ever the same, which is exactly how we like it ! Continue reading “Meet the IPM: Interview with Chris Gregory”

Places and figures of speech: metaphor, metonymy and synecdoche



by Ares Kalandides

This image, which appeared on TIP’s (Berlin city magazine) Facebook page on 29th July 2016, depicts a map of Berlin, where boroughs have been replaced by types of fast food. I find the map very funny, but also an interesting case to think about place-related connotations. Before I get into that, let me explain what is what (starting from the outer left and then moving clockwise). Spandau: “SPANDAU”; Reinickendorf: “Currywurst (West)”; Pankow: “Vegetarian Spring Roll”; Lichtenberg: “Nr 131”; Marzahn-Hellersdorf: “Pelmeni”; Treptow-Köpenick: “Currywurst (East)”; Neukölln: “Döner & Schawarma”; Tempelhof-Schöneberg: “Foccacia & Co”; Steglitz-Zehlendorf: “We don’t serve fast food”; Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: “Crunchy rolls with Tête de moine from Butter Lindner”; Mitte: “Sushi & Sashimi”; Mitte: “Bio-Burger”. Continue reading “Places and figures of speech: metaphor, metonymy and synecdoche”

Meet the IPM: Interview with Luke Mirfin

Luke MirfinLuke Mirfin, an Associate Member of the Institute of Place Management, has worked for local government since 2004. He started as a Caretaker before transferring to the Markets department as an Assistant Market Officer, progressing to Market Officer and becoming a member of Hyde Town Team. Some of the areas he has been involved with include the complete redevelopment of Hyde Outdoor Market, launching a new Farmers’ market at Tameside Hospital, which has just won a 2016 national NABMA award for “Market Innovation Of The Year”, alongside the daily running and management of 2 indoor markets, 2 outdoor markets, 3 farmers’ markets and new speciality markets including Artisan and events. Continue reading “Meet the IPM: Interview with Luke Mirfin”

Conference Report: Informal housing in Europe and North America

illegal-housingThis is the second of the two conference reports by Dr Steve Millington from the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference 2016.  You can also read the report on the IPM site. You can read the first conference report here.

by Steve Millington

Informal housing is often seen as a defining characteristic of cities in the Global South, but housing problems in US and European cities is producing both practices and policy responses, which begin to question the nature of housing tenure in places where formal housing provision is considered the norm.

This is not to say informal housing is new to the Global North, indeed poorer groups in society have for a long time become subject to informal, illegal and temporary forms of tenure. But, housing shortages and affordability is beginning to expose a broader range of social groups to informal housing. Does this represent this transposition of the culture of informal dwellings form the Global North to the Global South?  In other words, can we expect “shanty” style housing to emerge in European and American cities? Continue reading “Conference Report: Informal housing in Europe and North America”

Meet the IPM: Interview with Louise Platt

Louise PlattLouise Platt, member of the Institute of Place Management, leads on the MA International Cultural Arts and Festival Management programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her main teaching revolves around arts and cultural management, urban regeneration and cultural policy, events and festivity in communities, and she supports research students in related areas at MA and PhD level. Her own PhD was an examination of the performance of identities during the Liverpool 2008 Capital of Culture year. She have since focused on work related to identity and leisure practice from dog walking to knitting. Her current research is an examination of the Manchester and Salford Whit Walks as markers of identities in evolving urban spaces, particularly examining the post-secular city, working class communities and shifts in community identities. Louise is on the executive committee of the Leisure Studies Association. Continue reading “Meet the IPM: Interview with Louise Platt”

Conference Report: Managing places at risk from coastal erosion

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CC BY-SA 2.0,

This is the first of the two conference reports by Dr Steve Millington from the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference 2016.  You can also read the report on the IPM site. You can read the second conference report on Monday, 3rd October.

by Steve Millington

In the UK one reality of climate change is accelerated coastal erosion and the impact on natural assets, farming and communities located in vulnerable locations. This raises profound questions for place management when the place in question will inevitably disappear into the sea as the coastline retreats.  Continue reading “Conference Report: Managing places at risk from coastal erosion”

Meet the IPM: Interview with Caio Esteves

caio estevesCaio Esteves, a fellow of the Institute of Place Management, is an architect by training and a specialist in branding. He began his career as a brand manager in the furniture industry, where he stayed for four years before establishing his own agency in 2006. In 2015 he founded the first company that specializes in Place Branding in Brazil, Places for us, the company that currently runs the first Brazilian start-up certified with the social impact seal BCORP (pending). Beside the practice of Place Branding, he divides his activities between lectures and lessons about Branding/Place Branding, coordinating the first MBA place branding in the country as well as writing a book on the subject, which launched this month. Continue reading “Meet the IPM: Interview with Caio Esteves”