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Traditional or experiential places? - Exploring research needs and practitioner challenges in the management of town centres beyond the economic crisis

Traditional or experiential places? - Exploring research needs and practitioner challenges in the management of town centres beyond the economic crisis

Coca-Stefaniak, Andres and Carroll, Shanaaz (2015) Traditional or experiential places? - Exploring research needs and practitioner challenges in the management of town centres beyond the economic crisis. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 9 (1). pp. 38-45. ISSN 1752-9638 (Print), 1752-9646 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper outlines some of the key issues affecting town and city centres today, and provides glimpses of new challenges and opportunities for researchers and practitioners in this field. These include the strategic positioning of town centres, managing the evening and night-time economies effectively, the growing role of the
experience economy to town centre attractiveness beyond mere retail-led approaches, the potential dichotomy between physical town centres and digital high streets, more human smart cities, as well as the growing role of emerging concepts such as the sharing economy and the circular economy. It is argued that place management practitioners will need to address these trends proactively (rather than reactively) and that further research is required in order to understand the complex interactions of the various parameters managed by place managers to keep town centres vibrant, viable, innovative and resilient to further global economic downturns.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: towns, town centre management, city management, Business Improvement Districts, digital high streets, smart cities, evening and night-time economy, events, destination management, experience economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
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Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 15:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13949

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