Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen*, Eduardo Oliveira

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Spatial planning and place branding are allies in the discovery and creation of place narratives and assets as well as in contributing to spatial transformation or the improvement of the socio-spatial and spatial-economic conditions of a place. However, the existing and potential linkages between spatial planning and place branding are yet to be explored by both scientists and policy-makers. The objective of this paper is twofold. First, we reflect upon the central themes of this special issue by placing them in the context of larger debates on the position of place branding and spatial planning in society. Secondly, we show that this requires attention to the many ways in which planning and branding can cross-fertilize each other and to the embedding of both in evolving spatial governance structures. We then conclude with a typology expanding the understanding of this linkage between spatial planning and place branding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1274-1290
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number7
Early online date7 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • Governance
  • assets
  • narratives
  • place branding
  • spatial planning
  • value creation


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