Can bad data be good data? Reflections upon the Consumer Data Research Council Partner Forum

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by Ed Dargan*

The Consumer Data Research Council (CDRC) (established by the ESRC) held the CDRC Data Partner Forum on the 6th May at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The key aim of the CDRC is to help organisations maximise the potential of innovation by opening up their data to trusted researchers so that they can provide solutions that drive economic growth and improve our society. During the day, the presentations were based around three themes of missing data, data sources and research design. Continue reading “Can bad data be good data? Reflections upon the Consumer Data Research Council Partner Forum”

Multifunctional Centres: a sustainable role for town and city centres

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by Dr Steve Millington, Nikos Ntounis, Prof Cathy Parker and Simon Quin

Executive summary [You can download the full report from the IPM site]

Whilst omni-channel retailing and the digital high street may be two of the latest talking points in the retail property industry, our towns and city centres have always been shape by a series of technological, social and political revolutions. The purpose of this report is to examine how, after many years of mono-functionality focused upon retailing, our centres are experiencing something of a renaissance, and remerging as multi-functional ones, supporting leisure and recreation, employment, tourism, heritage, culture, housing, employment, education, health and wellbeing, as well as retail. Continue reading “Multifunctional Centres: a sustainable role for town and city centres”

Markets Matter: Reviewing the evidence & detecting the market effect

 

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Executive Summary

At the request of the National Association of British Market Authorities and, as part of the High Street UK2020 project, we have conducted a comprehensive review of the published evidence demonstrating, unequivocally, that markets contribute to the economic, social and political health of towns and cities. We have also conducted analyses of large footfall datasets, provided by Springboard, to show that markets add to the vitality of specific centres. Finally, we show how markets act as important catalysts for change in town and city centres. These are the 25 most important reasons why markets matter, identified in this report.

[You can download the full report from the IPM site]

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IPM Study Trip to Berlin 2nd – 4th June, 2016

Berlin_Museumsinsel_Fernsehturm-2-This 3-day accredited educational trip to Berlin is a combination of site visits, lectures & workshops as well as meetings with local place managers (local partnerships, markets, town centre management, local initiatives, local tourism etc.).

[You can find out more about courses at the IPM by visiting the IPM website.]

The Study Tour will be hosted by Dr Ares Kalandides, Professor Cathy Parker and Simon Quin. It takes place in cooperation with New York University, Berlin (NYU Berlin).

For more information please contact Ares Kalandides: ares@placemanagement.org

Expected outcomes

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Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 2)

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by Dr. Steve Millington

In the second session on creative place making Dominic Walker (University of Exeter) introduced a three projects in community place making organised by the Critical Art Ensemble http://www.critical-art.net/.  The objective of this group is to ground ideas about science and technology in places.  The projects Dominic referred to operate at different scales; the collective, the large and the individual:

These projects are confrontational, designed to provoke strong reactions as means to engaging the community in critical ideas about the function of science and technology in contemporary society Continue reading “Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 2)”

Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 1)

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by Dr. Steve Millington

San Francisco, USA. 29th March 2016: Creative Place Making

Cara Courage (University of Brighton) and Anita McKeown (SMARTLAB, Dublin) organised two sessions entitled Creative Placemaking and beyond: continuing and reinvigorating the arts-led conversation to provide some timely reflection on the role of artists involved in community place making activities.  From a place management perspective, artists present an enticing package, offering creative practices and skills that might help practitioners address some thorny issues such as social cohesion or a lack of a strong place identity.  Continue reading “Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 1)”

The High Street and technology: Friend or foe?

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by Prof. Cathy Parker
The Internet is a transformative technology. It is changing retailing. At IPM we have been lucky enough to have access to Springboard’s historical footfall data. We have analysed over half a billion shopper movements, and the overall picture is that town centres and traditional retail areas like High Streets are in decline.

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