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Place branding's role in sustainable development

Vishwas Maheshwari (Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK)
Ian Vandewalle (Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK)
David Bamber (Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Place Management and Development

ISSN: 1753-8335

Article publication date: 26 July 2011




The aim of this research is to examine the place brand construct and to establish its role in the sustainable development of a place. This research reviews the evolution, development and effectiveness of the place branding concept from the perspectives of regeneration, growth and sustainability.


The main research focus is on establishing key facets responsible for driving the brand of a place and examining the relationship between them in terms of achieving sustainability. A place‐specific branding campaign (using the Liverpool '08, European Capital of Culture status) was considered and data collected from the key stakeholders in Liverpool.


The findings suggest that place branding plays an important role in the sustainable development of a place, provided that the momentum of progress is maintained. In turn, these sustainable developments help promote the place and thereby create stronger place brands.

Research limitations/implications

Whilst some of the facets identified in this study are place‐specific (Liverpool is a port, for example), there is much of a generic nature here and the facets identified in this research could provide useful practical constructs for place branding practices and may therefore become the basis of a formal place brand framework which has a more generic application in terms of sustainable development.


This research paper provides better understanding of place branding and further explores its role into sustainable development through relationship framework.



Maheshwari, V., Vandewalle, I. and Bamber, D. (2011), "Place branding's role in sustainable development", Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 198-213.



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