I entered academica rather late in life and my CV is rather 'eccentric':
Started but never finished: Geology
Bachelor's in French Studies
Master's in Urban and Regional Studies
PhD in Human Geography
I feel comfortable in both the natural and social sciences as well as in the humanities.
I ran a business all of my professional life, before getting into academia. My latest company, Inpolis Urbanism - where I am still partly active - is a consultancy in the field of place management and development. It is based in Berlin and operates internationally.
I am a 'critical' European. I was born and raised in Athens, Greece; I spent most of my adult life in Berlin, Germany; I now work in Manchester. I speak English, French, Greek, German, Italian and Spanish. I feel "local" in many places round Europe.
I currently hold several positions beside my role as a Professor of Place Management:
Director of the Institute of Place Management
Member of the editorial board of the Greek journal ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ/GEOGRAPHIES
Member of the guest editorial board of the Journal of Place Management and Development
I am also a Member of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropoltian Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
I love teams. Teams among colleagues and teams with students. You will catch me trying to get people to work together instead of against each other. I think that cooperation - not competition - is what drives the world.
Why do I teach?
I am a passionate teacher and have taught at many institutions around the world, both at an undergraduate and a postgraduate level. Few things give me as much pleasure as communicating and working with students.
I currently teach modules at the MMU MSc programme "Place Management and Leadership".
Words of wisdom
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much care where –" "Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”
Dialogue between Alice and the Cheshire Cat ― Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD in Human Geography
Master's degree in Urban and Regional Studies
Bachelor's degree in French Studies
My first academic post is with Manchester Metropolitan University since 2017. Before that I worked in the industry all of my professional life.
Other academic service (administration and management)
Director of the Institute of Place Management
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Place Management and Leadership?
The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international, part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Place management encompasses a range of professions internationally, including town and city centre management, market management, Downtown and Mainstreet management, destination management and marketing, Business Improvement District management and city marketing and branding. It is increasingly involving civic society and the third sector, and embraces new approaches to place change such as the Transition Town movement. For this reason the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives
The programme has been designed around the worldwide professional standards developed by the Institute of Place Management to support those that are already in, or wish to move into, a strategic role in place management. A blended learning delivery model is adopted. Each 30 credit unit is delivered through a three-day blocks of master classes, followed by distance learning and tutor support.
I am particularly interested in issues of citizen participation in urban development, planning and management. I am currently supervising two PhD and two MSc theses:
Adam Marshall: "Places of Ecological Distribution Conflict: an Ethnographic Enquiry"
James Scott Vandeventer: "Sustainable consumption through alternative organising of urban space: An ethnography"
MSc Place Management and Leadership
Martine Noel: "How could we improve local independent retailers’ interest in City Management?"
Tarun Sharma: "Place Management in India’s Small Cities: Lessons from Markets and Festivals"
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Currently, my research focus lies mostly on the politics of citizen participation in spatial development.
The special issue that I edited for the Journal of Place Management and Development on Participatory Placemaking appears in Summer 2018. The first results of my research on Citizen Participation in Urban Development in Berlin, which includes an attempt at disambiguation and conceptualization, are to be found in the opening article of the special issue.
Further research interests:
Conceptualization of Place & Space with a focus on a systematic analysis of the work of Doreen Massey
Local economic development: SMEs, clusters, creative economy, innovation, industrial policy,
Tourism in cities and regulatory policy (e.g. holiday flats),
A. Kalandides (2016). Guest editorial.Journal of Place Management and Development. 9(2), pp.118-119.
A. Kalandides, S. Millington, C. Parker, S. Quin (2016). Shopping districts and centres, markets, neighbourhoods, public squares, and urban gardens: Reflecting upon place management practice in Berlin. Journal of Place Management and Development. 9(3), pp.351-359.
A. Kalandides, M. Kavaratzis, M. Boisen (2012). Special Edition of the Place Branding Conference: “Roots-Politics-Methods. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.5-10.
M. Kavaratzis (2012). From “necessary evil” to necessity: stakeholders' involvement in place branding. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.7-19.
A. Kalandides, M. Kavaratzis, M. Boisen, M. Scaramanga, M. Scaramanga (2012). Talking about art(s): A theoretical framework clarifying the association between culture and place branding. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.70-80.
A. Kalandides, M. Kavaratzis, M. Boisen, P. Atorough, A. Martin (2012). The politics of destination marketing: Assessing stakeholder interaction choice orientations toward a DMO formation, using the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.35-55.
S. Zenker, A. Seigis (2012). Respect and the city: the mediating role of respect in citizen participation. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.20-34.
M. Andersson, M. Paajanen (2012). Common or competing products? Towards supra‐national branding in BaltMet Promo. Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.56-69.
A. Kalandides, M. Kavaratzis, M. Boisen, A. Mueller, M. Schade (2012). Symbols and place identity: A semiotic approach to internal place branding – case study Bremen (Germany). Journal of Place Management and Development. 5(1), pp.81-92.
A. Kalandides (2011). City marketing for Bogotá: a case study in integrated place branding. Journal of Place Management and Development. 4(3), pp.282-291.
A. Kalandides (2011). Guest editorial. Journal of Place Management and Development. 4(1), pp.27-34.
A. Kalandides (2011). The problem with spatial identity: revisiting the “sense of place”. Journal of Place Management and Development. 4(1), pp.28-39.
B. Lange, A. Kalandides, I. Wellmann, B. Krusche (2010). New urban governance approaches for knowledge-based industries in multiplicities: Comparing two cases of large inner-city developments in Graz and Berlin. Journal of Place Management and Development. 3(1), pp.67-88.
M. Pérez Negrete (2009). Santa Fe: a “global enclave” in Mexico city. Journal of Place Management and Development. 2(1), pp.33-40.
A. Kalandides, M. Kavaratzis (2009). From place marketing to place branding – and back: a need for re-evaluation. Journal of Place Management and Development. 2(1), pp.237-240.
BP. Jacobsen (2009). Investor‐based place brand equity: a theoretical framework. Journal of Place Management and Development. 2(1), pp.70-84.
S. Zenker (2009). Who's your target? The creative class as a target group for place branding. Journal of Place Management and Development. 2(1), pp.23-32.
D. Vaiou, A. Kalandides (2009). Cities of "others" : public space and everyday practices. Geographica Helvetica. 64(1), pp.11-20.
A. Kalandides Hobrecht, James. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Wiley-Blackwell,
U. MacKrodt, A. Kalandides (2014). Competing yet supplementing narratives in Berlin: Creative branding and heritage policies in Berlin’s post-industrial development. In: Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation: Clash of Discourses. pp.126-145.
C. Colomb, A. Kalandides (2010). The 'Be Berlin' campaign: Old wine in new bottles or innovative form of participatory place branding?. In: Towards Effective Place Brand Management: Branding European Cities and Regions. pp.173-191.
A. Kalandides, NF. Ntounis (2013). The Business of Place: Critical, Practical and Pragmatic Perspectives. In: Journal of Place Management and Development. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 13/2/2013. pp.137-156.