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Five rivers and where they meet (cross-disciplinary reflections on development, policy and place)


Eversole, R, Five rivers and where they meet (cross-disciplinary reflections on development, policy and place), Journal of Place Management and Development, 2, (2) pp. 95-108. ISSN 1753-8335 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/17538330910975847


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe and make sense of the confluence of theoretical and practical preoccupations that contribute to the current interest in place management.

Design/methodology/approach The paper presents an overview and interpretation of trends that have led both policy-makers and academics to an interest in the management and development of places. It demonstrates how various streams of thought coalesce into five key concepts: participation, distinctiveness, knowledge, relationships and values that provide, at their meeting point, a cross-disciplinary conceptual framework for place management and development.

Findings The field of place management is located both strategically and challengingly at the crux of key contemporary policy issues in development and governance. There is a need to draw together insights across disciplines into a conceptual framework that will help both practitioners and academics make sense of the challenges we face.

Research limitations/implications Understanding where we have come from helps them to chart where we are going. There is opportunity to build a new a theoretical and policy framework around place management that articulates why and how place is important in the context of larger development and governance debates.

Originality/value As a big-picture overview of a cutting-edge space, this paper is intended to help both practitioners and academics position their work in its broader context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:governance, regional development
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:57958
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2009-08-26
Last Modified:2013-02-01
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