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Higher seminar: Rebecca Staats, mid-way seminar

Sustainability and environment
Culture and languages

Welcome to Rebecca Staats' mid-way seminar. Title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Place Development in Sweden and the United Kingdom

10 Nov 2021
09:00 - 11:00
Geovetarcentrum, Diamanten and via Zoom

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Welcome to our next seminar, which is Rebecca Staat’s mid-term PhD seminar. Rebecca is a PhD student within the HERILAND research school and in this seminar will present her ongoing research, based on a comprehensive seminar paper. Everyone who is interested in reading the paper before the seminar is welcome to contact to get a copy. For this seminar, we are very happy to welcome Graham Fairclough, Principal Research Associate from Newcastle university, who will act as discussant. The seminar will be in English, and please note that it will start at 9 am in the morning!

Places around the globe are facing pressures of structural change. These might take the form of demographic or infrastructural change, or a change in economic livelihoods and access to resources. These are processes occurring in all kinds of environments, from city centres to rural villages.  One approach to responding to these changes is through place development projects. These can take many forms on a variety of spatial scales.  Although there are many instances of successful place development projects, there are also unsuccessful examples. To successfully move forward in providing socially and environmentally sustainable places for people to live in, there is a need to interrogate the theory behind place development.  Increasingly, place development projects take account of calls from the academic literature to incorporate bottom-up ways of working, and enable civil society to play a role.

This seminar presents reflections on place development and case study results to date through providing an overall outline of the thesis. A multidisciplinary approach to place development is advocated through engaging different disciplinary perspectives, especially heritage studies and place branding.  Discussion on the relationship between these disciplines and their relevance to place development theory and practice is welcomed.  

Particular focus is given to the Swedish case, where post-structuralist planning perspectives are explored in relation to a place development project in the village of Uddebo, Västra Götalandsregionen. A preliminary analysis of the case is presented, which will be built on further later in the PhD project. 

Other points for discussion include the relationship between the Swedish and UK cases as set out in the methodology.